I like unabridged books and this one was one worth savoring. It was so riveting that sometimes it left me holding my breath or wishing that what I thought could happen, wouldn't or would. I enjoyed the characters, I felt what they went through and wanted more for them. When it ended, I still wanted more. Hope there will be Book 2. Bravo, well done. 10 star book.
I like long audio books so when I saw this one discounted, I bought it, although I was wary about the general topic-vampires. Definitely needs some editing and drags in places. Really liked the characters and cared about them. I personally liked the narrator; not the greatest of all time but good. A few slightly irritating anachronisms (mentions of things that people after the apocalypse wouldn't know about) and the absence of the internet was strange and unbelievable, no explanation of why it apparently disappeared. Most disappointing was the end; not that at the very end it was abrupt (I actually liked that) but a few threads didn't seem tied up, some things weren't explained (with such a long book, it seems like he could've explained everything). This might be due to a planned sequel but that doesn't excuse it. I don't agree that this is on a par with Pillars of the earth at all, but it is generally a pretty good read, although it does drag at places and the ending isn't satisfying.
It's not often I give up on a book, but I couldn't take it anymore--it just went on and on and on without getting to the point. Maybe someday I'll finish listening to it, but not right now.
While I mostly enjoyed this book, I'm a bit surprised by the hype. There were passages (no pun intended), that were completely captivating, but there were other long drawn out sections where my mind kept wandering and I would have to go back and figure out what was going on. I just kept wondering where the editor was, because every word in this 40 hour book wasn't worth it.
Obviously, it's very popular, but I, like others, found it difficult to follow at times. Perhaps reading it would have been better, but as a listen, I wanted to be blown away and it didn't come anywhere near that for me.
I have never taken the time to write a review before but was compelled to with THE PASSAGE. His use of prose is fantastic! I was hooked from the first sentence. He writes characters that you care about and manages to carry them all the way through and tie it up with a bow at the end. I listened to this book almost compulsively until I finished. I smell a sequel and I can't wait!
I really enjoyed this book. I have read a lot of criticism about the ending. When I finished the book, I just assumed there was another one coming, maybe two, to finish the story. I hope I am correct. I think it is a worth while listen.
People who have only listened to the first few hours of this book obviously didn't realize it's about 800 pages. Of course you're not gonna know everything that's going on in the first few chapters and the truth is the first few hours of the book are extremly well written character developement. I couldn't stop listening to this book!! I kept trying to figiure out what was going on and how they were gonna fight back against the virals. It has a very LOST type feel and the ending was just the kind of cliff hanger you'd get in a lost season finale, but hey there are two more books and i really can't wait to see where they will take this epic story. BUY IT!!!!