This book was foul in many ways. I couldn't stand the language, and the discussion of child molesters and their thoughts was vile. It was not worth my time or attention.
The tale is fascinating,in its own way. The narration, having to listen to this monotone reading, will put you to sleep. The ending leaves a lot of questions.
This one had great potential but was just too strung out. It was disappointing to finally get to the ending just to find it has none. I doubt I will spend the money or Audible Credits to see if the story comes to a close in the book to follow, or the next....
Wow...this book took a long time to get into, but i thought it would be worth it in the end as it started getting more interesting and sucking me in...but the book just ends abruptly and horribly...the lead up to the end made it seem like it needed to go on for quite some time, and that there could have been some kind of happiness in the way it ended, but no...it was like the author just got sick of writing or decided he wanted to do something different, so he decided to slap on a messy ending that would leave you hanging if it hadn't been so needlessly tragic...I would equate the ending to what it would have been like if people watched all of the seasons of the TV show Lost and if it had ended with Joey Lawrence sitting up in bed waking from a dream and saying a la Blossom fashion "Woah!"...
It's hard to wite a reveiw. I didn't like it. It was weird. Way too long and the reading was equally as dragging. I was determined to get through it...and I did. But, it was painful.
Say something about yourself!
I fell for the hype - Stephen King loved it, but it did nothing for me. It started out as one book and ended up another. I didn't care for the characters or Cronin's implausible view of the future (trains & cars still work? MRE's still edible?).
Log and drawn out,
I kept reading hoping it would have a strong ending, but this never happened.
I came to the conclusion I did not care what happened to these characters long before the abrupt end.
This book is fantastic. It is really a 3 part book, and each part gets ahold of you and doesn't let go. I never knew when this book was going to end, and I kept hoping I wasn't there yet. If they ever make this book into a movie and retain the story of the book....it will be great and a must see.
I can understand that some readers would not like this book. What perplexes me is why so many of the naesayers even considered reading the book in the first place! What were they expecting??!!
I found “The Passage” to be spellbinding, transporting me to a world – a very dark and troubled world, to be sure – with characters, emotions, and a story line that grabbed the reader’s interest and never let go. I could put the book down, but I never wanted to! I enjoy Scott Brick’s narrations, in general, and I thought he did a fine job on The Passage. I should think readers who loved Dune would love The Passage, and those that did not like Dune would not like Cronin’s book. Cronin’s work was a master work of science fiction, just as Dune was.
I did not object to the ending, as many others did – even those who otherwise enjoyed the book. Obviously, it is setting up a sequel, but Cronin brought this portion of his tale to an appropriate conclusion. I just hope that the sequels to The Passage do not come up short as the sequels to Dune did! But so much imagination was packed into this epic novel -- and fully resolved – that it’s hard to imagine the sequel holding a candle to the original.
I LOVED this book! True, it's a "household" story line of a virus turning humans into vampires, but it's not that cut and dry! Cronin's imagination with bringing such a story-line to a full-length (plus) book is astounding! His development of each and EVERY character really pulls the reader in so that you can really feel for each character, good or bad. The depth with which Cronin takes this story is beyond imagination. His writing is excellent - well organized and presented and keeps you on the edge of your seat, in anticipation of the next line, like hearing it, might hurt you! Cronin is brilliant and, in my estimation, compares with some of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy writers of all time, like Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card. Sorry, but Stephanie Meyer doesn't hold a candle to this kind of book!