I struggled with Scott Bricks voice sounding like a bad 5:PM news anchor, upon becoming immune to his voice ( I found it more palatable when I listened with my ipod on faster speed) I realized I was listening to a book that seemed to be trying to mimic the vamp-craze and any other current -craze. I gave up...so should you.
Overlong, turgid, hackneyed post-apocalyptic vampire novel. Romero covered much of the same ground in "Dawn of the Dead" (infectious zombies, looting shopping malls, zombies returning to shopping malls, futile army) in two hours - which corresponds to 100 written pages - with spot on satire, which this novel lacks. "28 Days Later" covered the failed-scientific-experiment-gone-wrong plot much better - even with its rogue army unit plot diversion.
Was Cronin paid by the word? There are many, many, many, many, many (do you get the point) instances of seemingly incessantly repeated words/phrases. There are literally pages of the listing of surnames. Is this supposed to make this more profound?
This, from a university English professor? He should know better. This suffers from the modern malady of confusing length/quantity for quality.
Apparently the movie rights for this novel have been taken up. The Passage will make (if it's kept to 2 hours) for a better movie and a better investment of one's time.
This was a real slog to listen through to the end. I seriously thought to drop it many times because it was *so* tedious.
I have absolutely *no* interest in reading the sequels.
On a positive note, Scott Brick (as usual) and Co. do a laudable job of narration.
I am picky about what I listen to. This book left me spellbound from the first 10 minutes into it. I love everything about this book and I can't get enough. Cannot say enough good things. Worth every penny. Can't wait for the next 2 books in the trilogy.
I have absolutely no use for the teeny bopper vampire movies that have been popular in recent years. This book is nothing like what I imagine those books to be like (because admittedly, I haven't read the books or seen the movies). This is creepy, depressing stuff...but very entertaining as well.
Sure it's long, the character development seems unnecessary at times, I was surprised by the jolt to the future and I still have 8 hours to go. Not your "normal" audiobook, but I like it! Don't set expectations, don't suppose what will or should happen, rather sit back and let yourself be entertained. A lot of these characters are quite worthy. If you enjoyed, The Talisman Series, Koontz Frankenstein, the Seven Suns or The Enders series-YOU"LL LOVE IT!
Others have mentioned, that they hated when the first part of the book ended, and we shifted 92 years into the future, new people, new way of life, and what happened to everybody else? Those characters so well described ? Well - gone.. I guess they got eaten, or something.
I got really caught up in this book, I could to Scott Brick forever, at first I didn't like his narrating, but then it became such a big part of the story. I love Justin Cronin' level of detail, I can still vision all the place "we" went in the book.
I would recommend it, if you like sci-fi, gruesome tales in the future, survivial of mankind and how we may all learn from this, you'd probably like this as well.
I don't quite understand the negative comments I have seen, but we all like what we like. I took a chance on this book and I am glad that I did. Yes, it's a long book, but it's a very interesting journey. This isn't dime store fluff, this author makes you think. Sometimes he lets you figure it out, and others he keeps you guessing. I disagree that it's a Vampire "Fad" wannabe, but that's just my opinion. I can see where someone might draw some similarities if they wanted to, but lets face it folks, the whole point is to read or listen to a good story. Stop worrying about what this book is or is not and just jump in and enjoy. If you think it's similar to Vampire stories ... who cares, what does that have to do with a good story? I think you just ruined a great adventure for yourself if you are one of these people that let that upset you. While I was listening to this book and even after I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. So much went on throughout the story that I was still mulling over situations, thinking about what could have been done differently or what something might mean about what is to come. People say the ending is terrible ... well, the ending is what you make of it I think. I don't want to spoil anything so I will just say this, it left a lot up to interpretation and speculation, and I am betting there will be a sequel that answers a lot of questions as well as creating more. In all, this was a great, great book that I for one am very happy to have experienced. By the way, in my opinion, the reader can definitely break the book (maybe help make it too), and this reader is AWESOME! No droning monotone here, this guy (and gals) are super.
Okay. Everyone has said it better than I ever could. However, since I wasted my money on this "epic" piece of trash, I still want my say. I can only assume that the great reviews are from people under the age of 16. Every time audible offers a book at a special price I get burned. Every time. I wanted to force myself to listen to the whole thing since I paid for it. I just couldnt. I kept waiting for it to get interesting but gave up in the middle of the second part. I left three and a half parts on the table wondering if I quit too soon and didn't give it a chance. But after reading the other reviews Im glad I did. There are just too many other entertaining books out there for me to waste my time on something that is depressing and uninventive. Same old, same old. Nothing new under the Sun. I am actually offended by this book. How could it possibly take 5 parts to tell a story that could probably be told in one. Next time Im offered a sale on a new book Im going to pass.
If I only read a couple of books each month this would have been a disappointment. But, since I'm constantly either reading or listening to books -- and since I tend to read just about anything -- it wasn't all that bad. In general I thought the writing was good but it needed some serious pruning down. So much of the plot was repetitious and predictable. The foreshadowing leading up to the ending was more interesting than the conclusion itself and much was left unresolved. As far as vampire/zombie thrillers go, it was okay.