Mom of 3 essentially grown kids that are friend more than kids now. I am finding time to rediscover past pre-parent passions such as pediatric ER nursing, quilting and road biking...my house is cleaner and more organized than ever because I can listen to a book and accomplish life mundane/routine life necessities!
This is the first audible book that I have been REALLY dissappointed in. I have listened to several hours of it over several days and keep wondering when will it get interesting, can't get into the story line. Purchased it based on the hype from audible but wish I'd saved my credit!!! Don't bother.
It starts slow at first I was tempted to stop at 5 hrs but it gets interesting from 7hrs to end. It's annoying at times how the author jumps to a future date and backtracking on a plot. This 40hr novel doesnt end in a sense. I think there's a sequel to this. I like Scott Brick as a narrator so It was worth the listen. The story dwells on a screwed up military science experiment that practically wiped out the world. It dwells on how people cope up with it and how a little girl can save the world.
Once you have gotten past the preposterous premise of flying zombie vampires killing off humankind, the book was fabulous company for a long, solitary drive. I cared about the characters, and the narration was excellent. I also loved the tidbit of Jenna Bush as future Governor of Texas. The prose is well-written, a lot like Stephen King, but without so much gore. If you need a long book to see you through a journey, this is a good choice.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
I couldn't finish this book The characters were poorly drawn and this stuff about drinking the blood to gain sustainance. I didn't get what the book was about. I got the feeling that the author was in love with his own words. These characters were supposed to be survivors, hard bitten, like pioneers and they acted like soap opera players. And Scott Brick's narration: I'd rather have one of vampires in the book suck my blood. The way he narrates is so grating. I don't get the hype about the book. My advice: save your credit
This was a great book. It was full of suspense and surprises. The ending was a little disappointing, but hopefully that is just because the author wanted to leave room for future novels.
Whatever! to those who disliked this long, imaginative story. I almost didn't buy it. It caught my attention from the beginning, and stayed adventurous and intriguing to the end. Yes, I went to sleep a couple of times while listening to The Passage, but only because it was three o'clock in the morning! A great read.
I can't believe this is book 1 of a proposed trilogy. Book 1 is so long winded and spans so many years, I felt like I was reading 3 books in 1.
The beginning starts okay. But I never really felt a connection with any of the characters. If you are looking for a good vampire tale, you won't find it here. The vampires or virals really seemed more like zombies to me. Then, it skips hundreds of years, right past all the stuff that would have made this story interesting to me. We don't get to see the virals taking over the country and the attempts by others to protect themselves. This I would have found interesting and really wish the author had expanded on this more. But instead, we get all this summed up in a few pages.
Then, we move hundreds of years into the future to learn about a new cast of characters. I couldn't help wondering why I had been told, in great detail, about the first cast of characters. Just to waste my time? Except for Amy, my suspicion was correct. The new cast of characters aren't much more interesting than the first for me. There's a real soap opera feel to it with everyone wanting someone they could not have. And the new society Mr. Cronin created wasn't that much different than our current society. I would have liked a bit more imagination. After all, we are hundreds of years into the future.
I agree with others that think this book is over hyped. I also felt like the book's voice changed at various times throughout the book, becoming poetic and too mystical/religious for me. I skimmed through parts of this audiobook to get 3/4 of the way through. I'm taking a break, which is not a good sign! I definitely won't be reading any sequels.
I usually love long books and love listenting to Scott narate but this was awful. I did not even start part 3. By then I was hopelessly bored.