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!
Say something about yourself!
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.
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 is the first time that I've written a review after being with audible since 2004 or so, but I had to because this book is simply breathtaking. 3 reasons come to mind:
1. It is epic in scope, spanning over a century in its development,
2. The characterization combined with the apocalyptic setting put you there asking not only, "what would I do" but also, "What am I capable of enduring".
3. 30+ hours of phenomenal literature for 1 measly credit! Like I said in the title, I knew the 1 credit charge wouldn't - COULDN'T last!
This one is absolutely worth it, even for 2 credits!
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.
First, I hate vampire books, second I don't like the emotive Scott Brick. But third this book is not all that bad. It sure held my attention, and I really liked the first half of the book, before Dark Night. Before Dark Night the book was a bit disjointed bringing several stories together to meet and make sense. I could not stop listening to that part of the book and liked several of the characters. The book picks up about 93 years after Dark Night with new characters and a new story. This one I did not like as much but is still a good story. These sticks, viruses, dracs are sometimes called vampires but are just people that have gotten sick and been changed. Virals is the best name for them, and folks cluster together to avoid being killed by them. All in all it is a fantasy and if you can get into it I think you will enjoy it. At almost 37 hours I admit I was a bit tired of it all at the end but still rate it four stars, and think you should get this before it goes to two credits, as it surely will.
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.
I am coming to this trilogy late in the game- the third book has already been released. I tend to find this both a blessing and a curse- I get to find out right away what happens next, but I’m denied the chance to let my thoughts on a book mellow and mature while waiting for the next to arrive. But I am also afforded the opportunity to have the entire saga beamed into my brain virtually as a single massive book. That was a wonderful thing with The Dark Tower or The Magicians.
The Passage was really rather spectacular on a number of levels. First? Length. It is a sweeping narrative that takes the time to develop its plot fully. I appreciate that and don’t shy away from long books. This may, in part, be because I listen at 2x speed (which will also impact my comments about the narration later on in this review). I’m through things much more quickly.
Second? It manages to span multiple genres without contorting itself into some mutated oddity. Yes, there are aspects of horror. But there are also tremendous aspects of science fiction, epic journey, post-apocalyptic imagination, and yes, even romance.
Third? The Passage is, like most great books along these thematic or general genre lines, a magnificent allegory. What the specific allegory means for you, personally, is of course open to interpretation.
Finally? It is a magnificently engrossing story which pulls on primal fears, hopes, and desires. Family. Love. Finding your place in the world. And, turning to the more sinister, our primordial fear of plagues/disease, or, even further in our hind brain, the true terror of absolute darkness.
In turning to the narration, which I am surprised to see so many were negative about, I was actually quite fond of Mr. Brick. As I stated earlier, I listen at 2x. If I were trying to listen at normal speed I think it would feel like wading through molasses, but that may just be the comparison.
In any case, it was a wonderful listen and I am moving directly into book 2. Now I just have to hope that Cronin maintains the momentum and doesn’t lose the narrative thread in the sequels.
Highest marks, well worth a credit and your time.
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.
Well, that's 36 hours and 52 minutes of my life I'll never get back. And in all that time there were two moments that rose above the tedious: the witty reference to garlic (one sentence) and the description of Texas (one or two paragraphs). Otherwise, there's nothing to recommend The Passage. Plodding prose, heavily dependent on insipid dialogue. Indistinguishable good guys and equally undifferentiated bad guys, with a few stereotypical folksy characters for comic relief.
Did any of the publishing world figures who hyped this novel actually slog through it? Certainly no one edited it. The plot drags to the point of sadism. Maybe that's it! Maybe the author, famously a professor at Rice, is (consciously or otherwise) punishing us for valuing vampire stories over more serious literature.
Finally, the narration of the audiobook is unrelievedly whining and portentous. (So why won't the Audible review system let me give this zero stars?)
Honestly, I love a good beach novel. The Dragon Tattoo series is hardly great prose, but those books are redeemed by the marvelous characters Blomqvist and Salander. The Passage, in contrast, is just a thoroughly poor effort. If feel like a lesser person for having stuck with it.