I LOVED it! The ending left you feeling both complete and hanging for the next book. There are 2 more in the planning I've been told but I want them NOW! This book while it seems gives 'too much' detail the author is very good about wraping those details into the story later on so just keep reading. It is SOOOO worth the read!
I liked this book, enough to get so engrossed in it that I listened even when I didn't really have the time to spare! I didn't feel much satisfied with the ending, and perhaps it would be good to have a subtitle of " :part 1 of the such-and-such books" to prepare for the inevitable "wait... it ended?"
I loved this book although I felt a little let down at the end. It isn't your typical vampire story which made it very interesting and the character development was pretty good. While I wish the ending had been a bit different, I'm still thinking about it and finished it two days ago which says something!
i *loved* this audiobook! it's hard to imagine that even after 37 hours of listening i was still sad when it was over and was left wanting more... i hope justin cronin does make this book into a trilogy because it was a fantastic book and i loved every minute of it!
I have read reviews from people that hated this book and i just don't understand. My brother and I have both listened to it and love it. if you are tired of all the twilight hype this is the vampire book for you.
After listening twice (to pick up what I missed the first time), my first thoughts are: 'make way for 12 more books'. But while other series should stop after the first, I look forward to see what he'll do in the second.
I work weekend nights walking a large parking lot, and listen to books while I take inventory. Listening to this did kinda creep me out at the very back of the lot, but not as much as say 'The Shining'.
I am usually outright dismissive of stories that chronicles aliens and half-humans rampaging through our streets...in 2100 AD, but I can easily surmise that Justin Cronin's The Passage is the book of the decade. The vivid imagery, the uncommon mastery of the prose manifest in the pages of the book induced a profound intrigue I've not exhibited since Mario Puzo's The Godfather, nearly 31 years ago. The Passage is a true gem deserving of nothing less than the Pulitzer.
I have never written a review before, but after listening to the Passage I felt that I had to. I was worried because it was so long, but It has held My interest every minute. The story evolves to a point where you think you know the characters personally. I actually cried towards the end ( I don't usually do this.) It is not a sad story but it just takes over your mind as you are listening, I hope to listen to another Justin Cronin book soon.
Something about myself!
This is my first review of an audiobook, it is a strange sort of beast. Anyway:
This is a solidly written work with excellent narration. I'm certainly no audiobook expert, but I've listened to a few, my favorites being the "Daemon" books, and the narration here was every bit as good as those, which I thought were done extremely well.
The story is a good one that trips along at a nice clip, but toward the end, when the book referenced early portions of the story, I couldn't believe how far in the past they felt. I mean that as high praise.
If you like "speculative fiction" tropes, you'll like this book, and find yourself grinning as certain ones are checked off, but it is at its core a story about people in tough spots and how they react to each other and learn about themselves.
This book was sort of blindly recommended to me by the wife of an acquaintance at a cocktail party when she heard I was sick of reading non-fiction. I am very glad I took the plunge, and now blindly recommend it to you.
This is an absolutely incredible novel. If you take The Strain and The Warded Man and a healthy dash of Ken Follett, you will have the Passage.
It is hard to conceive of a novel which can span so many genres with such success. The end of the world viral vampires book was enthralling enough (first part). The much shorter bridge with the tale of Ida was a little disconcerting. Then it picked up again with a post-Apocalyptic tale set somewhere in dusty (but not coastal) California. as the survivors attempt to make their way back to ground zero. It's absolutely brilliant.
If life as we knew it were wiped out in a fairly short span of time, what would the survivors look like in 100 years? That's one of the questions which this book looks at and answers in a marvelous way.
And miraculously, Justin Cronin manages to weave the threads between the two worlds by bringing back Amy, the 100-year old girl who was a sad and pathetic part of the Army experiment gone awry in Ground Zero.. It's an unbelievable book. The characters are well-developed, and Cronin is not afraid to kill important people if and when the plot needs it.
I normally find Scott Brick a bit evangelical in his narration, but it works here. He's a great choice for this book.
This is definitely a book which needs to be re-read / re-listened to almost immediately.
Yes, it's a vampire novel, but it's also so much more. And it's the first of a trilogy. My beating heart, be still.