I am usually outright dismissive of stories that chronicles aliens and half-humans rampaging through our streets...in 2100 AD, but I can easily surmise that Justin Cronin's The Passage is the book of the decade. The vivid imagery, the uncommon mastery of the prose manifest in the pages of the book induced a profound intrigue I've not exhibited since Mario Puzo's The Godfather, nearly 31 years ago. The Passage is a true gem deserving of nothing less than the Pulitzer.
I have never written a review before, but after listening to the Passage I felt that I had to. I was worried because it was so long, but It has held My interest every minute. The story evolves to a point where you think you know the characters personally. I actually cried towards the end ( I don't usually do this.) It is not a sad story but it just takes over your mind as you are listening, I hope to listen to another Justin Cronin book soon.
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This is my first review of an audiobook, it is a strange sort of beast. Anyway:
This is a solidly written work with excellent narration. I'm certainly no audiobook expert, but I've listened to a few, my favorites being the "Daemon" books, and the narration here was every bit as good as those, which I thought were done extremely well.
The story is a good one that trips along at a nice clip, but toward the end, when the book referenced early portions of the story, I couldn't believe how far in the past they felt. I mean that as high praise.
If you like "speculative fiction" tropes, you'll like this book, and find yourself grinning as certain ones are checked off, but it is at its core a story about people in tough spots and how they react to each other and learn about themselves.
This book was sort of blindly recommended to me by the wife of an acquaintance at a cocktail party when she heard I was sick of reading non-fiction. I am very glad I took the plunge, and now blindly recommend it to you.
This is an absolutely incredible novel. If you take The Strain and The Warded Man and a healthy dash of Ken Follett, you will have the Passage.
It is hard to conceive of a novel which can span so many genres with such success. The end of the world viral vampires book was enthralling enough (first part). The much shorter bridge with the tale of Ida was a little disconcerting. Then it picked up again with a post-Apocalyptic tale set somewhere in dusty (but not coastal) California. as the survivors attempt to make their way back to ground zero. It's absolutely brilliant.
If life as we knew it were wiped out in a fairly short span of time, what would the survivors look like in 100 years? That's one of the questions which this book looks at and answers in a marvelous way.
And miraculously, Justin Cronin manages to weave the threads between the two worlds by bringing back Amy, the 100-year old girl who was a sad and pathetic part of the Army experiment gone awry in Ground Zero.. It's an unbelievable book. The characters are well-developed, and Cronin is not afraid to kill important people if and when the plot needs it.
I normally find Scott Brick a bit evangelical in his narration, but it works here. He's a great choice for this book.
This is definitely a book which needs to be re-read / re-listened to almost immediately.
Yes, it's a vampire novel, but it's also so much more. And it's the first of a trilogy. My beating heart, be still.
it's a novel about survival, about what happens after the end of the world, about vampires in a non-fictional world. in this story, vampires arent hiding among us, because they can't. they lose their mind and become beasts. Very dark. Not for children or romantic. Good book but a bit long.
This book was awesome. I always look for long books, and I'm always sad when the story is over. This was a great book and it left me wanting more of the same! I thought the narrator did a great job!
In "The Passage" I found a story so multi-layered, so complex, and so beautifully presented I could not quit listening. I was at once captivated, frightened, and uplifted. The characters all felt real, fully formed, beautifully limned. Cronin has become a must-read author for me.
This is really two books in one. The first part is interesting but a little slow. The second part though far and away makes up for any slowness of the first. I was addicted to this book! I had my itouch stolen and had to run out and immediately buy another one so I could continue listening to this on my commute! A month after finishing the book, I still find myself thinking about the characters - not something I normally find myself doing. It's a must read if you're into post-apocalyptic fiction.
I loved this book!! I listen to alot of post-apoc, zombie and vampire books...this was the best by far. The story drew you in and hope there is a seq.
I bought this book just to listen to something different. This book was certainly unusual. One problem I have with the book is how much it tends to jump around, especially after the first part of the book. I was also a little disappointed with the ending. I'm hoping the author writes another book to tie up the loose ends. On the positive, you get 40 hours of listening for just a credit or two.