Though painfully long, this book was extremely interesting and I really had a hard time not listening to it at every possible moment. The character development was very good. I enjoy sci-fi/fantasy books and though this one was indeed depressing at times, I enjoyed every hour!
In general, I tend to stay away from generational books, where part one introduces us to one set of characters, and part two takes up a few decades later, in an entirely new world. I also tend to shy away from two-credit books, but in this case, I'm very glad I took a chance.
This is an exceptional novel; the story is interesting and different enough from current "vampire" fiction to be unique, the prose is lovely; simple and lush at the same time. The characters are intriguing, the world is post-apocalyptic but recognizable. There are just so many great things about this book, including excellent narration. I highly recommend it!
If this gets 4 stars then you should never downoad anything less than 6. This was the most painfully frustrating and inept novel filled to overflowing with useless and needless embellishments.
I like many reviewers found the first part of the book very enthralling. I invested in the original characters and wanted more. BUT, I have started part 2 and find myself falling asleep during the reading....repeatedly! I cannot seem to get very interested in the new characters at all and it is so hard to follow who is who and starting to ask myself, do I even care? After reading the many negative reviews here and on amazon, I am wary of investing more time only to have to wait the next 4 years for the books to be completed (2nd book out in 2012, 3rd out in 2014). I think I will take a break and maybe read a little in the next two years to draw it out, or maybe I will just get another book, like the Road, and forget this one altogether.
This book left me wanting more. If you are a fan of authors like King and DeMille, who provide a lot of detail in their stories, you are likely to enjoy this one. If not, you may want to pass. Should the story continue it will make it to my Audible library.
The narration was fine. I’ve enjoyed the work Scott Brick has done in this and other books.
worst of all, second author didn't bother read first section!! I did enjoyed first section although there was no ending to it. So, you are getting two books for one price. Wait, second section, just read "I am a legend" instead. It's shame..it could have been better. I am upset to people lure me into it.
This book had promise - but it didn't know how to keep it. The good: character development, basic overall story line, general writing style, narration. The bad: way too long, abrupt changes in timeline, a totally fizzled and utterly disappointing end. Scott Brick is a great narrator and his style suits the story, but after hours and HOURS of listening, even he gets tedious. I can only assume that Justin Cronin is planning or has already written sequels to this book, but based on his inability to end this one with any kind of satisfying closure, I won't be reading/listening to the next ones.
If you liked Stephen King's "The Stand," you'll probably like this book, which shares many of The Stand's qualities and flaws. The Passage is a big summer read/listen, meandering in places and with some notable plot holes, but none of this really detracted from my enjoyment of the story. It spans two eras, the modern world (a slightly alternate near-future America), and then the post-apocalypse world a hundred years hence. I thought the second part was better, as part one is mostly just leading up to the real story in part two, and most of the characters in part one are just bit players whom you know are doomed to die. But if you like grand epics with big casts of characters and a story that just goes on and on, this is an enjoyable book. Be warned, though, that it's part one of a planned trilogy, as the ending makes very clear.
I'd thought that I'd read, somewhere, that Stephen King recommended this book. I just did not enjoy it. It seemed to me that the plot kept skipping around and, sometimes, it took me a while to figure out where the story was going. There were some good characters, hence the 2 stars. I'm sorry that I spent my credit on this book.
Okay, I'm still in the 'first 100 years'--but that's hours into the reading of the novel. Maybe when Brad dies, there will be another reader: Scott Brick, we deserved better!
I have 'followed' favorite narrators from book to book and discovered literary gems along the way. John Lee is the prime example of such talent: I will download almost anything he narrates. But Scott Brick's intensely annoying dramatic rise and fall of inflection--sentence after sentence--phrase after phrase--no matter the most mundane of content--is excruciating! I have noticed this trend in the last few books he's narrated, and this one clinches it. I can hardly get past his voice to concentrate on the storyline, which, I am concluding is melodrama and mediocrity in the extreme. Needless to say, in my opinion, this is a book to avoid.