Yes, this book is long. Not because of a rambling plot but because of the digressions in to each of the character's histories. While this adds hours of listening time- it creates a very rich narrative which I believe enhances the story. It's not a typical move by novelists, but I think that Cronin does it deliberately to illustrate a story that is ultimately about humanity by making even minor characters as human as possible.
I thought it was a suspenseful and engaging listen and the narrators were a pleasure to listen to. In my opinion- it was 37 hours well spent.
The only negative thing about this book is that now I have to wait two years for the second volume to come out!
Lately the whole vampire schtick seems to be overdone. While still being a style of vampire story, this novel takes the whole notion of a vampire in a new direction. Stylistically it reminds me of the treatment "30 Days of Night" gave the genre. This is also an epic tale, and is able to bypass the pits of sluggishness that seem to plague many stories of this scope.
The reading is _extremely_ well performed, with the presence of multiple readers skillfully used to add dimension to the tale.
This is easily the best story I've read so far this year.
I love long books and this one did not disappoint. This was very reminiscent of one of the big Stephen King books like The Stand or Under the Dome. Not as good as The Stand but Better than Under the Dome. For the people that complain about the ending find me a long book that ends the way we think it should and I will eat it.
Buy the book, it is a great value.
Cannot get enough of this book. The story is so interesting and we love the detail and the way you learn so much about all the characters from multiple perspectives. It doesn't hurt that Scott Brick is the best narrator we've heard since joining audible (perhaps tied with Stephan Rudnicki). A thoroughly enjoyable ride.
If you liked the ending to the last episode of The Sopranos you'll like the ending to The Passage. I have to assume there is a second volume coming. Other than the cliff hanger ending I did enjoy the book. It works great as something to listen to on a cross country car trip.
This is the first time I have ever written a review. I listened to the entire almost 40 hours and I am soooooooooooo disappointed with this book. The author is so wordy to tell so little and leave the ending unresolved! I wish I could get both my credits and my TIME back!
I wandered everywhere for days with earbuds protruding from my head, totally mezmerized by this book. I had no problem with the time jumps, and always love anything narrated by Scott Brick. Today I realized I was FINALLY close to the end. All things would be explained. I could remove the ear buds. Then came the ending, the ultimate joke on me after sooo many hours. I first let out a little barrage of appropriate obscenities, and then broke into lsughter. If this isn't the perfect set up for another book, I don't know what is! I'll wait to see what happens next because after all the time invested, I gotta. Good book, but the ending sure doesn't do much for the blood pressure! Hmmm, I'm gonna miss those earbuds.
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It reminds me of Stephen King's "The Stand" or "Swan Song" by Robert McGammon. Both books I loved. There are a lot of characters in this book and it all comes together well. I really enjoyed this book! Well worth the credit!
I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it to be a great combination of "The Stand", "The Road", or The Zombie Chronicles (whatever it's called). Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and the story, even though it borrows many threads from other stories, does keep you guessing. It kept me riveted to the end and I didn't think the ending was abrupt. Of course it is a setup for follow-on books. This author didn't have to go to into the gory details but he did when it was warranted. Sure does make you think! What if!! The part about the "WASTE LAND" of New Orleans because of the oil pollution was downright eerie because of the horrible oil spill. Wow!
This novel is too long with a lot of illogical mystical mumbo jumbo. I am not a fan of vampire novels in general, so I guess I shouldn't have expected too much. I was hoping for a good story though and this one didn't do it for me. And the ending is designed to make you buy the next book to find out what happened.