I went into this book knowing nothing other than it was my wife (voracious reader's) #1 book since finishing "Under the Dome" and that after "Spin" I'd listen to Scott Brick read anything.
Easily one of the best books and one of the best performances I've enjoyed in the 6+ years I've been a member of Audible. It's long, it's worth it, it's worth knowing this is book 1 of a saga, and it is a must-listen. I lucked into the "only spend 1 credit on this" sale, but I'd have gladly spent 2 credits on this title and got 6 weeks of happy morning commutes out of this and plenty of terror-filled nights up too late listening before bed. Everyone will be talking about this book soon, it's well worth being in on it before someone spoils the wonderful surprises and the masterful reinvention of a classic monster.
I have never written a review, but I had to for The Passage. I was hesitant to buy this book because of the length. Frequently, long modern books seem to use a lot of words that really add nothing to the story or characters. This writer did not do that. The story was intriguing and well-told, and the characters were very believable. I was sorry to see it end. It could be the beginning of a series; in fact, I hope it is. I would very much like to read more about this post-apocalyptic world.
I have never read a Steven King novel and picked The Passage looking for a long book. I was so disappointed after the first part and then the story started growing on me. I actually found myself part of the story, however stupid that may sound. I am sure I would not have listened to this book if I had read the Audible reviews first. I am glad I listened before reading some of these reviews.
I certainly am no literary master and that may be why I like this book so much.
Not bad at all.
This very long story held my interest but about 10 hours in to it the whole story seemed to change. It was almost like it was two or three seperate stories. It was entertaining and "made me think" and I would recommend it to my friends.
I was enthralled with this piece of work and Scott Brick's rendition of the narrative. I couldn't wait until I could find the time to listen to the next segment. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it had to end.
I am looking forward to more stories from Mr. Cronin.
I really enjoyed this book...and having some of my favorite narrators on board didn't hurt. I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic lit. and this book doesn't fail. Character development is strong, which a book of this length affords the author. Some complain that the ending was a disappointment...I don't agree. I am also fully anticipating the subsequent volumes!
This was an "Excuse Book" for me. I would look for any excuse to listen to it, whether it was extra gardening, cleaning, exercising or driving. I really enjoyed it!
I have read and listened to so many books with grey('gray' for my American friends) characters lately, it was refreshing to actually care about the people in the story. Scott Brick is a good narrator, at times I have thought his voice was not a good fit for some of the material he has done, but this was a good fit. I thought I was disappointed when the gears completely switched part way through the story, however it turned out for the best. So many unanswered questions, it left me wanting more. I am happy with my purchase.
Let me first say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was no shortage of excitement and the book made you want to keep reading. I will say that the ending leaves me reminiscent of the final episode of the Sopranos. Even though the book was considered long by some I felt that a sequel is warranted and quite frankly expected. Bravo to Mr. Cronin. Narration was excellent.
I really enjoyed listening to this book over the last couple of weeks. I've listened to it while exercising, while driving (through my radio!), during pedicures and while waiting in numerous waiting rooms. The narration was great and I enjoyed the story. My favorite book of all time is "The Stand" by Stephen King and this book has a similar feel to it, though it is a completely different story.
I would say that you wouldn't want to listen to part of it and then take a long break before listening again. You might forget important details.
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.