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.
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!!!