I LOVED The Passage. I had not heard about this book until I happened across it in a local Barnes & Noble. While I am not generally a vampire book fan, it sounded like a novel approach that Cronin was taking by putting more of a biotech spin on the genre as opposed to the Gothic setting we normally expect. I came home and was able to get the book on Audible for a single credit. What a deal! I was a little unsure if I would like given the comparison to Stephen King as I often find his stuff slow and tedious and did not even finish Under the Dome. Quite the opposite. I was entranced by this story like none other I can remember in recent history. I figured it would take me months to get through such a long book, but I finished it in just over month. I use these generalities in my review because I do not want to give anything. It was that good! There were a few moments that I thought could have been handled differently or not even included, but generally, all aspects of the plots served to begin to bundle up the various threads into a coherent whole as you approached the end, leading you to a cliffhanger ending. I cannot wait until the sequel, The Twelve! This one is HIGHLY recommended if you like a thriller with chills as well as drama.
Wow, this book just kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great characters and great writing!!! And the story just went on and on...epic. I think the author tried to figure out what the reader would be guessing what would happen next, and he wrote the opposite. It was brilliant. And I can't wait for Justin Cronin's next book! (Kinda hope it's a Passage II)
I listen to alot of books here on audible. Each time I start looking for a new book to listen to I try to find a book that I think will make me feel like I did while listening to this one. No other book has yet, Ive listened to more than 20 other books but I keep thinking about this one. Its just so great. It really has everything. I REALLY hope that the sequel turns out to be as awe inspiring as this one
Great book, amazing scope and imagination. This auther kept hope and perseverance alive in what could have been a very bleak time. A little long at times but keep to it - it is worth it.
I've been trying to decide whether The Passage is my favorite book of all time. That would be quite a step for me, but I finally decided that, yes, it is. For now, at this time in my life, for my tastes and listening preferences, this is the best audio book I've ever listened to.
I understand that it might not be for everyone and that some may like it less (or more) than I do. But, for me, it has the perfect combination of character development, mystery, suspense, science fiction, narration (Brick is the best), and length (I prefer very long books).
The only thing I didn't like was that the suspense builds so much that I listened to the final part over a weekend and neglected my family and chores. Of course, the suspense is a good thing, but I just couldn't put it down.
Now the wait for the second book. Crap, I should have waited to listen to it until the entire series was done!
Usually I avoid Scott Brick but I really wanted to listen to this book but I could not finish it. Brick sounds like a funeral director.
I read the mixed reviews to this book and still gave it a shot. I'm glad I did.
Scott Brick and the other 2 readers did an excellent job. I have a job that allows me to listen to books all day and still get my work done (I love my job!). This book kept me totally interested from the beginning to the end. No spoilers in my review. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the next ones to come out!!!
I love the book! I can't wait for his next book to come out. I love his characters, they are all so unique, and his writing style is wonderfully descriptive, it's like I'm there. It reminds me of The Stand a little. I was sad when it ended--I hope there's a sequel!
During the first few hours of listening, the darkness of the story made me often consider giving up. I stuck with it, and I am not sorry. The characters are compelling and once I committed, it was hard to take breaks from the story. This is definitely not a feel good book, but the story is so unique and it is so well written, that I was very happy to have experienced it.
This is a long narrative that covered a lot of territory in time and emotions. At the same time I was anxious for it to end ... and compelled to keep listening. Scott Brick, who is one of my LEAST favorite readers, managed to avoid his normal sardonic tone most of the time. The only drawback I can say is that after listening to the whole thing, and re-listening to the last hour, I am still not certain as to the fate of one of the major characters, and I wonder if that vagueness was a setup for a follow-on, making this the first of a series.