The story could have been interesting but spiraled hopelessly into tons of subplots starting and stopping. Even though it sounds like there will be a sequel a book still needs a beginning middle and end. This story has the beginning and middle the keeps going and doesn't go anywhere except into a story that has no climax or resolution. Don't waste your time, money, or credits as I did.
I really don't get all the great reviews this has gotten. It's extremely slow, with long, dull passages of characters thinking and thinking. I got bored and so started noting down all the "inspirations" (read: thefts) from other writers. Stephen King hyped the book, but probably because he knew it would drive readers back to his superior The Stand, and the Dark Tower series, both of which clearly served as models. There's even a Harry Potter moment (the little girl communicates with animals at the zoo, just as Harry did... a decade ago).
It's not badly written, but it's not WELL-written, and I'm thinking all those literary reviewers who gave it faboo reviews are easily seduced by long paragraphs and lots of supposedly "deep" thoughts.
I do like the narrator (Scott Brick), who is always good. It's not his fault I got to the end of the first audio part and decided that I'd give the rest of it a miss.
I stumbled across Stephen King's The Stand about fifteen years ago. I'd never read King, thinking all he wrote was horror. When I was intrigued by The Green Mile and read (and loved) it, I began reading all of King's work. The Stand was my favorite. This book appears to have taken most of The Stand, dumbed it down (down to some of the same characters, for heaven's sake), and added our current fascination with vampires. Save your credits. If you want a great read about the fall of our society, brought about by our own stupidity and hubris, read The Stand. My audio version (obtained elsewhere) is abridged and read by Grover Gardner (a master narrator), but I can heartily recommend it. Of course, the unabrdiged print version is wonderful too.
After the initial reviews, I was looking forward to it; but it didn't live up to the hoo haa. The early part of the book and all the character development was lost as the plot lurched forward to the second part of the story.
The subsequent storylines were poorly woven and skipped around so much - I found myself thinking I must have zoned out and missed something, only to back track and realize it wasn't ME... the story just irratically moved forward to a new tangent.
There was a scene where one of the characters is watching a movie and mentions the people in the movie are just pretending to be a part of the story... that's how this book felt too. The characters were flat and lifeless.
With all that said, I enjoyed Sarah's narrations and would have like to hear more of her part of the story.
The ending was BLAH. I'm only glad I got it as a "special offer" through Audible; I would have been pained if I had wasted 2 credits on this book.
This is by far the best audio book I have ever listened to. I can't wait for more from this Author. From start to finish it was captivating!
This enormous story goes on and on and on and then suddenly.... it just stops... left me feeling like there should be another chapter, like I was missing pages. Also consider these elements: Colorado, Las Vegas, a prescient old black lady, a virus that was made by humans and got out of control, etc. The Stand sure comes to mind, and evidentially to just about every reader of The Passage! All said, I thought it an engaging story but I was very disappointed at the sudden stop ending. One feels it should say "to be continued." Many are saying it is his way of setting us up for another enormous volume to follow. I think I would pass. Also there is a woman reader who reads at odd times and she is much too sibilant. That got old fast.
Great apocalyptic tale, with vivid characters. Not your typical vampire story. Highly recommend. One complaint, I felt the narrator needed prozac! Same depressed tone the whole book through. Annoying at first, but definitely worth sticking through.
I was pulled in by the hype and the one credit deal. I'm only halfway through, but this looks like one of the few books I won't be finishing. The author is overly wordy and the plot is hard to follow. There's some good character development, but the story is lacking a heart. I can't believe Stephen King recommended it!
This book may be good if I can stick with it. It takes way to long to get somewhere. Also, I really don't like Scott Brick's narration so my dislike may be more because of that. Still it would be a much better book if it were more concise.