I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
I couldn't finish this book The characters were poorly drawn and this stuff about drinking the blood to gain sustainance. I didn't get what the book was about. I got the feeling that the author was in love with his own words. These characters were supposed to be survivors, hard bitten, like pioneers and they acted like soap opera players. And Scott Brick's narration: I'd rather have one of vampires in the book suck my blood. The way he narrates is so grating. I don't get the hype about the book. My advice: save your credit
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
and only 6 that faltered. That's decidedly worth the time. A great effort.
Fully developed characters in a dystopian future plagued by vampire like living dead first occupy a compound and survive and then venture outside to rid the world of this plague.
The Passage is well written and worthwhile for the vast majority of it's length so forgiving the 1 sixth that lags is easy. Do yourself a favor and take a listen.
This was a great book. It was full of suspense and surprises. The ending was a little disappointing, but hopefully that is just because the author wanted to leave room for future novels.
Whatever! to those who disliked this long, imaginative story. I almost didn't buy it. It caught my attention from the beginning, and stayed adventurous and intriguing to the end. Yes, I went to sleep a couple of times while listening to The Passage, but only because it was three o'clock in the morning! A great read.
I can't believe this is book 1 of a proposed trilogy. Book 1 is so long winded and spans so many years, I felt like I was reading 3 books in 1.
The beginning starts okay. But I never really felt a connection with any of the characters. If you are looking for a good vampire tale, you won't find it here. The vampires or virals really seemed more like zombies to me. Then, it skips hundreds of years, right past all the stuff that would have made this story interesting to me. We don't get to see the virals taking over the country and the attempts by others to protect themselves. This I would have found interesting and really wish the author had expanded on this more. But instead, we get all this summed up in a few pages.
Then, we move hundreds of years into the future to learn about a new cast of characters. I couldn't help wondering why I had been told, in great detail, about the first cast of characters. Just to waste my time? Except for Amy, my suspicion was correct. The new cast of characters aren't much more interesting than the first for me. There's a real soap opera feel to it with everyone wanting someone they could not have. And the new society Mr. Cronin created wasn't that much different than our current society. I would have liked a bit more imagination. After all, we are hundreds of years into the future.
I agree with others that think this book is over hyped. I also felt like the book's voice changed at various times throughout the book, becoming poetic and too mystical/religious for me. I skimmed through parts of this audiobook to get 3/4 of the way through. I'm taking a break, which is not a good sign! I definitely won't be reading any sequels.
I usually love long books and love listenting to Scott narate but this was awful. I did not even start part 3. By then I was hopelessly bored.
It is obvious that I am in the "love it" camp. I normally read Mysteries, Espionage and Adventure books. This book is completely different. If you approach it as a regular "sandwich" novel with the possibility of knowing where the ending is going to be, you will be vastly disappointed. I agree that it reminds me of The Stand but liked it much more. I think the thing that really made me like it, is that it IS disjointed, complicated and doesn't flow like a "regular" novel. It was more like it is 3 or even 4 books mixed together. I had a hard time finding places to stop. I wanted to just keep listening. I like Scott Brick and thought he did an excellent job with this one. As far as I'm concerned, this is his best work. He really made the story come to life. The ending is strange! However, if it ended like most novels it couldn't be the book that it is. I agree with others here. You will either love it or hate it. Personally, I hope I get the chance to vote for it for the book of the year.
I really loved this book, it was very long but kept me entertained. Was surprised how long I had to listen before getting any idea of what the story was or where it was going. There were a few things I thought were completely stupid things for people to do in it, won't give the plot away but if I had several decades to make a back up plan for survival I would actually take it and not just resign to just die because we lose electricity. I wouldn't just live in a regular house that is easy to break into, i think given almost a century people could build a defensible domicile to protect them. It was a great plot overall, and the characters were very likeable and made me actually care what happened to them.