This was my third ever audiobook. The first two that I listed to were abridged versions of books and were about 6 hours long. This one, at around 36 hours, was a significantly higher time investment and was somewhat of a completely different experience.
The book is good, and the story is very intriguing. The characters are likable and the story really feels like it could very much happen. I especially liked the way that the virals were characterized (I'm a little sick of sexy vampires). Although most of the characters are excellent, I felt like Cronin went into a little too much detail for some that weren't in the story very long, and yet not quite enough on a few of the more important characters.
The story moves quickly, and keeps the listener/reader involved and wanting more. I really didn't have any problem with the plot or the way it was developed. I will say, without trying to have a spoiler, that the book is obviously set up for some sequels, which is perfectly OK with most listeners I'm sure.
As a piece of advise, I would advise the more ADD listeners to opt for the abridged version. However, if you have the time, I didn't feel like there was enough downtime in the unabridged to hurt it and would definitely recommend it.
The narrator is a popular and long-tested one who is narrating my next book as well. He is a tiny bit dry at times, but for the most part entertaining and his voice, for the most part, does the story the credit that this type of epic deserves.
After spending all of the time listening to this book, and telling friends, along the way, how much I was enjoying the story, I feel like I may have to apologize to them after they get to the end of it. What a letdown! I really had been enjoying it all the way up to the last paragraph. The ending was that abrupt. I felt like there was a part of the book that I hadn't downloaded! And that left me dissatisfied.... Like I had been enjoying a good meal and someone suddenly cleared the table while I still had the fork in my hand.
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Despite some of the reviews I read here, I enjoyed it. The basic story, while somewhat similar to other books I've read, was interesting; as were most of the characters. It's style resembles Stephen King's. The character development fits the category as does the length. It was, at times, predictable, but overall a good read—though quite depressing. It had few stall points, and a couple moments that seemed to have no originating points, but in Mr Cronin's defense, Mr King's works can, too.
Some reviewers have mentioned the jump into the future. This took me by surprise as well, and I did find the first part more engrossing, but he brought it back around eventually.
For the record, I get sucked into the long books for the sheer escapist factor. While I'm reading I'm also gardening, driving, floating in my pool, etc. While I can get into an autobiography or non fiction book, I usually prefer the entertainment factor of unrealistic fiction.
With the help of a "good" editor, this just might have made two decent books. Unfortunately, the way it is written, the author just about has you hooked and then the 'split" happens.
I spent about three chapters wondering if I had left the car running without me listening. This is one of the few books of recent purchase that I have not kept listening after I shut the car off
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This is the second book recommended by Stephen King that couldn't "stink up the joint" more if it tried. When you find yourself yelling back at your radio "Come On! Come On! Come On! that is not a good thing. It is painfully slooooooooooooow and as the King of Switzerland said to Mozart "Too Many Notes" in this case far too many words, The one redeeming value is that it's a great sleep inducer... which doesn't work too well when your driving.... here I go ...fumigating my I Phone again
I am SO annoyed!!! This book is well told, rich characters and full of interesting events. Following Peter as he searches for his brother and hoping he and his love interest can get together and his taking care of Amy. Wonderful stuff. All the while Peter and the other "good guys" must fight off a modern form of vampire, though the word "vampire" is not used. The virus changes the entire USA and we struggle along with Peter to try to establish a new world.
HOWEVER, if you are like me...love happy endings and tolerate less than happy ones, you will be grossly disappointed. The book just ends. Period. No ending. None. The book ends just when it looks like people might just have a chance at some sort of life. Peter a few others are back where they started. It's implied that Sarah and her half of the team MAY have been killed but who knows???? The story just stops. I am grossly disappointed in this book and feel I have wasted both money and time.
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First, I loved The Passage so much that after spending restless days and nights listening to this book constantly because I was so hooked on the beautiful prose, I purchased a hard copy of the book just so I could read it to myself. The wonderful richness of the book is the exquisite art with which Justin Cronin tells this tale. There are obvious comparisons to The Stand and The Road, but this book transcends far beyond both of these books. It is a fine piece of literature and is not your typical vampire tale, but it stands apart from other vampire books that have come before.
As always Scott Brick did a great job reading this very long involved story; I love this work. Also of note is the performance by Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden, they did an excellent job in reading the diary portions of the book which added to the dimensional nature of the story telling.
I LOVE this book Of the 600 plus audio books I have on audible and the several hundred CDs and tapes I own; I would have to say that by far this is one of my very favorite books of all times. I can hardly wait for the two sequels for this series.
...I gave it my all. All those hours listening, enduring... and the end? Wasted. I was really, really disappointed at how this author chose to end this book. A nutcase and a waste of my precious time!
This book is very long and at times long winded. It's worth a listen though! I really enjoyed the first half and the last. Little dry in the middle! Good book overall!