I really enjoyed the book. I was a bit dissapointed with the ending - there wasn't one! This could also be a postive becasue it suggests a sequel.
At times while listening, I felt that the discriptions were aq little two long and were not always necessary; thus this book could easily be shorter. Only after I finised did I realize it there is also an abridged version.
Personally I am glad that I listed to the unabridged version, but if you have a short attention span, which it appears some of the people who wrote negative reviews do, the abridged version might be better for you.
Great build up for a story that sadly doesn't deliver despite it's length. The author lost his way - what could have been one of the great end of the world stories in the same league as The Stand fizzles out and ends with a whimper.
I persevered to the end but really the last 6 hours are a lesson in how a book of this length can go horribly wrong if the author doesn't have a clear framework for their story.
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A note not only to Justin, but to all authors listening: ENOUGH with all those opening chapter Shakespeare quotes. Or, is this the modern authors way of having to thank Jesus like a prize fighter speaking into the microphone after each victory. This may be the one book where the abridged version is probably the way to go. It's long, tedious, difficult to follow, bland in regard to character development and did I mention long. I further agree with my peer reviewer commenting on the rediculousness of our mysterious gal Amy's blabbering of a telephones book worth of last names near the end of the book(and yes, this book does finally end), but was admittedly disappointed that my last name Sheffield was overlooked.
The story is interesting (in spite of a rather laconic reading by Scott Brick whom I didn't care for), but much like Steven King, Justin Cronin has a penchant for long exposition about very little. I fast forwarded through many parts of the book and wished I had bought the abridged version. It seems that the author plans a sequel (or two), as the story doesn't reach a real conclusion. Many, many people die during the course of this novel, so be prepared for all manner of death and destruction. But it is a horror novel after all.
The apocalyptic second half was interesting to me as I like to see how people survive in dire and primitive circumstances while still having access to (some) modern devices. But it would have been so much better if about 2/3 the length.
This is only the 2nd time I've written a review out of hundreds of books I've listened to. Get this book, if you have any hesitation at all. Engrossing, mysterious, romantic, thrilling, cant-put-down/shut off audiobook. Don't let the "vampire story" mentioned in other reviews misguide you because it is not that kind of story. Nothing like other books such as the "Twilight" series, but yes there are beings that have supernatural abilities and similarities to vampires in this story. You'll be gripped, no question about it. Also, when I saw that Scott Brick was the narrator, I thought to myself "how much of Scott can I handle?" because, after all, it is a 5-part audiobook. I do like him in other audiobooks but I thought this was going to be a bit too much. Fortunately, the plot carries him just fine and I found myself LISTENING TO THE STORY as opposed to just his voice. I was waiting to see what would happen next. Do yourself a favor and download, sit back, and listen to THE PASSAGE. You wont be disappointed.
This is an Epic, and while some state it is about "vampires" called "virals" in the book, I say the boogeymen in this book are more peripheral than the wonderful story, rich metaphors, and character development that remind me of Stephen King novels. This is a dystopia that has a thin thread of hope throughout to keep the reader's heart in the story.
The ending sets the stage for a sequel I believe. Oh, and Scott Brick is absolutely the right narrator for this book. He was awesome as usual.
I don't understand the negative reviews--this was a great book. I have been a lifelong fan of Stephen King, and have read everything he ever wrote. This novel easily matches kings best.
I will be anxiously awaiting the next novel by Justin Cronin
Not sure where the negative comments are coming from. Great book. I thought 40 hrs would take forever but I was done in just over 1 week. Creatures are frightening, heroes have faults, great narration by Scott. Great book and the ending was (well you will have to hear it). A plus
With such a long epic as this, many characters are introduced. Cronin did an excellent job of developing each character as the story moves along, so that the reader stays involved and concerned about what will happen next. He brings out a depth of discussions on violence, love, deceit, philosophy, action, morality and purpose of life through the characters in such a way as the reader can't help but ask one's self about those issues in real life.
It is a long book. I got a lot more housework, yardwork and ironing done than I realized because I just didn't want to stop listening just yet. Usually, I would pick up another job just to get to the end of the current chapter. As I approached the end, I was still concerned about the characters future as I continue to reflect upon my own changing "Passage."
This was one of those books that I didn't want to end. It's an excellently written and read epic post-apocalyptic story and very "The Stand"-ish. Be warned that it is long. If you want the shorter version I'd suggest the abridged version. Don't be scared off by any reviews complaining about the end. I thought the end was brilliant! I loved the varying ways the author told the story - I think this helped break up the length. All in all an excellent listen and highly recommended!