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.
Loved this book, can't wait for the follow-up. Not a vampire in love scenario, so if you want that go elsewhere.
I have been an Audible listener for many years now and I have never written a review. However, after listening to this audio book, I felt a responsibility to speak my opinion. I???m never one to ???go with the flow???, so when this book got mixed reviews from all sides, I just had to listen. I???m an enormous Stephen King fan and his endorsement was the reason I examined this book. It may not be for the faint of heart as some reviewers called it ???depressing???. Of Course it can feel depressing; an apocalypse or world catastrophe is depressing. It???s not filled with sunshine and flowers, but the story is fantastic. If you enjoy fantasy, horrors and thrillers, then give this book a try. Some may call this author laborious, but I found his descriptions to be so clear that I felt like I was a part of the story. It???s so imaginative with twists and turns at every corner. If you???re a ???gamer???, you may understand when I say that I likened this storyline with Fall Out, a game about surviving a post apocalyptic event. It???s really good and deserves a look or a listen as the case may be. Additionally, I really enjoyed all of the readers. I can be very picky about that, but I think they did a great job. My advice, dear listener, is to discover this book for yourself.
The story is not about vampires, little time is spent even discussing the Virals. But it is the story of survival, humanity, and the need to move forward even at risk of losing all you hold dear including your very own life. The narrator is perfect for this story....though like many other narrators, when you switch from one listen to another you have to 'bond' with the now reader. Give it a fair listen it's worth it.