I have never been a fan of vampire novels, but "The Passage" retools the vampire concept and gives it an entirely intelligent, creative, and satisfying twist. Combine "The Road" with "Frankenstein." The story is literature that combines science fiction and horror interspersed with political thriller. There is a subtle undertone of evil that follows the story from beginning to end. I believe this book will become a classic. Mr. Cronin's story is nearly 40 hours long. I listened to The Passage while studying, getting ready for work, and before I went to bed. I strongly recommend listening to the unabridged version. Listening to the abridged version would be like having two or three sips of the finest wine when there is the opportunity to enjoy a full glass of that wine with a nice dinner. Skip the abridged version. And yes, I plan on reading the actual 700 page plus book in the very near future.
I enjoyed the book and the narrator. There were times when the character development stopped short but the worst was the ending. I don't have to have things all wrapped up and tidy, but I do like to have a conclusion.
Very long and your really get your moneys worth with this one. I really like the "Armegedon" type of books and this is definatly a end of the world type book. The readers did a great job also.
This is like a great cheesburger. No, it's not a rib-eye at the fanciest steakhouse, but a really good, satisfying, literary meal.
And the ending? .... Wow. Did I just get hit with a baseball bat?
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This book is very long. Not only is the book long but the narrator reads a little on the slow side so I am sure that it could have been shorter. This book is, as others have said, hard to review because while the story does not go as you would think or even like, it is still interesting. Since I find reviews most helpful when I know the reviewers taste in books, I will list some of my favorite authors and series; Wheel of time by Robert Jordon, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Codex Alera and Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. While I tend to stay in the fantasy genre, this post apocolyptic caught my attention however, it was dissapointing and depressing. If you don't like the first couple of chapters then you will not like the book. Remember; 36hours.
It took nearly a month for me to listen to this book. The narrative was wonderfully done by Scott Brick. The world Justin Cronin has written is enthralling detailed. The book was slightly depressing but I think all post apocalyptic / horror / sci-fi book are, aren't they? This book is combination King / Crichton novel. Now that it is over I am sad it had to end. The ending seems to indicate that this will be a series but who knows time will tell.
I don't write review's often but I felt I must as a public service. Don't waste your time with this one. It was a complete waste of time. Many characters left entirely undeveloped and those major characters were mostly underdeveloped. Plot line was sparse for such a epic topic.
WOW! What a story. Was never sure where we were going next but very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to another epic from Justin Cronin. Scott Brick is my favorite reader - in fact, I listen to spy novels (do not normally care for) just because he was the reader. Enjoy!
This is the book I have been waiting for. I love a good "what would you do if you were a survivor of a global catasthope" book. Trust me on this: Section one is a bit slow, but the final 5 sections are white-knuckling ! Also, this is about the 20th audiobook I have listened to, and the reader is BY FAR the best that I have listened to.
When I downloaded this I wondered if I'd regret choosing a 36 hour listen, but the story sounded interesting and I hate abridged versions. It was surprising and fresh, not your standard post-apocolypse fare. The author used the perspective of several different characters over a period of years. The use of so many points of view affected the cohesion of the narrative a bit but I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure scifi. Can't wait fgor the next novel in this series.