I loved every minute of it. Sometimes it was so horrific I almost didn't want to continue listening. The characters are drawn with a light touch, but this doesn't make them unidimensional. The way Justin Cronin omits some facts, some rendering of detail, somehow made me feel more involved in the story. I can't wait for the sequel!
Flyers! What a long book! But worth every minute of it and I'm looking forward to the next one. That's right - this is the first of three. My wife and I listened to this going to and from Key West (14 hours each way) and then on another trip to and from Orlando (6 hours each way) and we still weren't done! The characters and the storytelling are unforgettable. Stephen King was right - Justin Cronin has made vampires scary again. (And I was never a vampire fan!)
I read the very mixed reviews on this and have never read anything by this author in the past. I was very pleasantly surprised. I loved the symbolism and the depth of the characters as they developed in the story. The elements of fear, connectedness, loss, and hope are very powerful. I look forward to the continuing story from this author. I also thought the narration was great.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was a fascinating story, and I hope the author is working on the sequel. I will be anxiously waiting for the next book!
I love books!
I'm not at all into the vampire craze and from reading some of the reviews knew this was about vampires. But, I bought it for my daughter and I thought I might as well give it a try, I could just stop listening if I wasn't enjoying it. And, I'm one that never gives up on a book and I was a bit intimidated by the 40 hours of listening. So, I waded in with a bit of trepidation but it didn't take long before I was caught up in the story and it just started rolling along. This isn't a vampire story like True Blood or Twilight, it's more of an epic sci-fi novel. The author had a creative imagination and told a good story. I also like that he honed his writing skills at the Iowa Writers Workshop. I was sorry to see it end.
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.