"The Passage" begins at some unspecified point in the near future -- around 2020, judging from hints in the story -- then proceeds to another unspecified point further into the future -- maybe around one hundred years later. It proposes an intriguing scenario: What would happen if the Army, attempting to bio-engineer a super-soldier, accidentally released an unperfected virus into the human population? This virus turns the people it infects into monsters -- well, it turns them into vampires, to put it tritely. The concept has potential; and, occasionally, "The Passage" fulfills this potential. But, in general, the story drags and strains credibility. The reader, Scott Brick, despite his respected reputation, and despite his adequate acting chops, has an irritating voice; so his reading in no way compensates for the novel's shortcomings, as sometimes happens with mediocre audiobooks read by excellent actors. If you are looking for a fun thriller, I would recommend against "The Passage," as it does not deliver good escape fiction.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. I don't understand anyone who didn't find this book engrossing, thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Now I have to wait two more years for the sequel. Yes, there were some rough spots, but I think this book was all of five stars and if there were six, I'd give it another. Read it, you won't regret it.
Enthralling from beginning to end. Although I confess I'm a few hours away from the end right now. One of the most captivating books I've read in quite a while.
This is one of the best books I've read in years. I hate to say it, but if you liked "The Stand" from Stephen King, you'll love this one. Very good character developement, lots of mystery, some horror, some sci-fi, drama, you name it. Very long story - very good!
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Do not be put off reviews stating the book changed in the middle. This book is over 40 hours in length, many authors would have us wait months or years for the continuing novel or novels and another $30-$40 dollars to conclude. Yes, most of the characters changed, but the direction of the novel did not, the story had to continue to move forward. Had the novel stayed in the time period where it was, it would have had to end. The conclusion of this novel was very well done, won't say anymore. On the narration, it seems as though Mr. Brick is trying too hard often over exagerating the words, even at times sounding as if he is singing some of the words. Read naturally Mr. Brick. To authors, because someone is popular does not mean they are a good choice for the narration of your fantastic novel.
What the world does not need is yet another vampire story, and while these vampires have a unique origin, they are less interesting than most. This is a long and dreary story with one-dimensional characters and few surprises. I was glad when it was over, and particularly relieved that I had only wasted one credit on it. No way is this story worth two credits. I gave it three stars for Scott Brick's superb conversion of this into something almost worth listening to.
Im a good listener
I think this is probably a good book, but it's not a very good audio book. The narrator doesn't seem suited to the book at all. There are large parts with no dialogue and his cadence is sleep inducing. It's probably a combination of the reading and the author being rather wordy and overly descriptive. If I were reading it there are parts where the ability to accurately skip ahead or skim would make the book a much better experience as the core story is pretty cool.
I'm really bummed out I spent both my credits this month on this. I feel obligated to finish it but listening to it is like when your wife is watching Housewives of Somewhere and you're on the couch pretending to watch with her while you pick at your fingernails or play games on your phone.
This story started out interesting and then got really boring in parts. I had a hard time finishing it because I just got so bored with some of the parts of the story. I would not recommend this book. I think the author needs some fine tuning.
Not the epic audiobook I was hoping for. I love to read all things post-apocalyptic (and I love Scott Brick), but this was more "As the World Turns" and less "The Stand". Characters and their problems are plentiful, but the excitement is not. When they make the movie version (because this thing is selling really well) it will have to be a 13-part miniseries on Lifetime, not the dystopian action flick I wanted.
On a scale from one to ten with ten being great I would give this a 5 only because it does capture your interest after you get half way through. If you decide to get this be prepaired for a lot of flash backs.