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.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Let me say that i took my sweet time listening to this book, i think it took me more than a 2 months to finish it... why? well because its beginning was really good then it was a bit slow, then slower, then slower.. by that time i took a pause when i was halfway through.
But then when 5 days ago i picked up the book again, it started getting better and better and better, which made me finish it and buying the next book.
what i didn't like about this book is how long it was.. i think if it was a little bit shorter it would have been better. some books tend to drag you along and thats really boring.
What i liked is the new ideas that aren't in any other books, and how real the life in that book felt like, and thats is amazing.
So to get it or not to get it?
If you like these end of the world books and how life is afterwards, you will like this book when you pass halfway through it. And this book will go through years even a hundred years between characters and thats new for me.
but again, if you hate long books this will feel really really long.
i really like it, but maybe in more than 5 years i might come back and read it again as how long it was.
"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.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
This book had me telling people about this wonderful book with interesting people in it that were caught up in some engrossing stories. But then it happend! The book shot ahead 100 years and a new book started! No kidding, it seemed to me it was written by a different author as well. It went from great to something that did little to interest me. It went from interesting to drawn out. It pains me to say anything bad about a book because just because I don't like something doesn't mean you wont unless we have the same taste but I feel the need to point out what I see as a problem in this book!
This book is soo frustrating. I can tell its exciting and well written, but as it goes on, I can't get past the awful narration. The reader has a tick- on every line, EVERY line, he drops the pitch of the last word. His voice carries an actorly dread throughout, which is wearisome and undermines the sections where that emotion is really needed. I end up approaching the book with dread and I'm not even past the first section. I doubt whether i will be able to finish it.
The book has been compared to The Stand. It's not in the same league. It is about a viral apocalypse that kills most people and leaves a few survivors holding out against rabid vampires. This scenario is set up plausibly but it is shockingly boring boring boring.
The first part is slightly compelling as the background is set up, although the author is too long-winded with descriptions and inner monologues that never pay off. He's simply not good at creating differentiated characters.
Then there's the second big setting where a large community hides in a fortress against "the virals." It's hour after hour of nothing but not very intriguing descriptions of political alliances and love triangles among the residents.
There are a few skirmishes with the virals but they're not tension-filled. And the computer hacking 90 years after the end of civilization is preposterous.
The last thing I would say is that I might've given the book two stars because I could see how maybe fantasy fans might like some of it, but the book costs two credits! There are longer (and better!) books available for a single credit, such as The Pillars of the Earth. I can't imagine anyone finding this book worth two credits, all of the positive reviews notwithstanding...
P.S. The narrator is fine, perhaps a bit slow or maybe that was my desire for action to happen.
There is a great story here, but too much uneccessary filler with morally weak and impotent main characters. The first segment of this novel is the best, and then the story slows down vastly. The entire 35 hour audiobook is painstakingly laid out with small spurts of intense dialougue, which then concludes abruptly in the last hour and a half. Scott Brick narrates 99 percent of the novel and was the only reason I kept listening. I am very disappointed that: 1. I used two credits on this book that I struggled to finish 2. The critics lauded this book so highly (I don't understand?) 3. That I actually wasted 35 hours of my life listening to this entire story.
The Passage is entirely too long a book for an author who is limited to a single plot device, which is old by the third time he pops it out of his hat, and a limited gift for building suspense. I've read rave reviews about it, and I'm utterly disappointed at the amount of time I have invested in it. What a disappointment. I will not be reading anything else by Justin Cronin.
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Cross my heart, I tried my best with this book. Notwithstanding many poor reviews, I spent 2 of my precious credits on it, and started building castles in the air about a trilogy. What a thrilling horizon: over 100 hours of post-apocalyptic vampire saga on the tracks of King's legendary "The Stand"! I could not ask for more, nor could I obtain less. I've reached part 5 and I must say, much to my dismay, that the plot is so slow that I've been using it as a sleeping-aid for weeks now. It is also one of the least thrilling books I've ever stumbled upon. Hundreds of useless characters and insignificant details on their private lives. For the first time in my life I wished I bought an abridged version. Take my word, do not buy this audiobook.
The author must have been paid by the word - there's no need to use 50 words to describe something that would ordinarily take 5. And the narrator - he's whiny voice made it hard to listen to more than 1 hour at a time. I wasted my credits.