My wife and I listened to the entire 32 hours while driving on vacation. After 32 hours, we couldn't believe the book had ended. Well, it kind of ended. I was not aware that this is book 1 of 3 and Cronin intends to write a trilogy (books 2 and 3 don't yet exist). This is the cleverest vampire story I've ever run across in many years. Yes, the author throws in a lot of superfluous information (akin to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series in its seemingly endless story telling). Yes, the story line is depressing at times, but the most depressing part is waiting for the remaining 2 volumes.
Having English as my second language, I was afraid I won't be able to go through all five parts, but I enjoyed it so much, every second of it! I really hope the story will continue.
The huge amount of work that went into the overall book is betrayed by the apparently very little work that went into its conclusion. After all of those story lines, twists and turns, it just dribbles out in its ending.
Sometimes a bit confusing, but stick with it. The author ties up loose ends nicely. The only reason this did not get 5 stars is at times the author provides a list of details that tends to drag on, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this book.
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.