Why is it so many sci-fi writers can't come up with a good ending? It was such a good, engaging story, up until the author abruptly dumped me with no explanation about what happens to characters I'd come to care about. I'm not a reader who needs everything answered but this left me really disappointed. One could tell that he was starting to get tired of writing this when he started to leave major events dangling with no explanation and then changed his mind on a vampire solution that had been protected for all of the book and then provided no other one. Ok, is there a volume two that I'm missing?
Kudos to all three excellent narrators of this powerful novel. For this "end of the world" story, Justin Cronin wrote a novel that enthralls to the very end. More, please, Justin.
I really debated this one! I am so glad I decided yes. First, I understood going in that it would be one of three so knew I would be left hanging. The length was well worth it. You get to love, hate, and understand the characters in the novel. You realize that, like real life, you never know for sure who will live and die and you come to understand that it makes this story as compelling as it is. It was so incredibly worth it. Can't wait for more.
I'm a little over halfway through and am posting this to say that people might consider the abridged version. The ratings there are higher, and though I'm always an unabridged buyer, this is one where I think I'd have been better off w/ the abridged. There's not much to savor in the slow parts, just lots of people and details you didn't really need to know about. I venture to say you won't miss anything crucial in the abridged version. Listening is a chore more often than not here in unabridged land.
I am a Scott Brick fan and could listen to his voice all day and night long. This is a great listen and exciting, horrigying, on the edge of your seat ride. I am anxious for the next in the series. Highly recommend!
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
A real mixed bag of reviews for this book. I understand why: it's wonderful in some places and "oh my God" boring in others.
The beginning is wonderful...then the book takes an abrupt shift into the future with a strange science fiction twist that takes a lot of getting used to. It is...okay...listenable. But it's simply not riveting.
The downfall for me? The vampires simply aren't all that interesting. They are basic "monsters" and lack any touch of any THING that would allow the reader to relate to them on more than that very basic level.
It's not The Stand...and it's absolutely not Salem's Lot.
I bought the book DESPITE the fact that Scott Brick's usual "over the top" narration was part of it. Why must every line he delivers bristle with tremulous emotion? Good heavens...he's a tiresome reader.
Would I recommend The Passage? Only if you want to find out for yourself what the fuss is all about. As a read? A little below average...and WAY too long. It's a book I really wanted to like. I guess I do.
Abrupt kind of "HUH?" ending that left me cold. Like Cornin turned around and suddenly realized how long the book was and decided to wrap it up.
Too bad: great idea that fragments under its on weight.
This book starts off really depressing. The first chapter is one of the most tragic i have read in a long time. The first third of the book seems like Cronon is trying to impress us with his literary genius and not move the story along. The story progresses along quite well for the last 2/3 of the book and it is quite a good story but the last chapter completely ruins the story. It completely invalidates any relationship you build with the characters at the end. For fans of tragedies only.
Scott Brick is very bleak and depressing as a reader. I found myself feeling down after listening. I dont think I will listen to any more books by mr brick. Its like listening to my grandfather read to me on his most depressing day.
I recommend listening to the abridged version as I imagine it will cut through all the unnecessary narrative and get the core story with (hopefully) a better reader.
I usually love books like this, The Stand is one of my favorites. And this might really be a great book but I could not get past the narration. Every sentence was read with such gravitas! They cannot all be the most important one in the book. Maddening.
I enjoy listening to really long books,and this is certainly long.The story is compelling and the narration by Scott Brick did not disappoint. Weaving the past into the future was seamless and believeable with an ending that kept me wanting more. Great summer listen!