I love a great long book but this one was not for me. Loved how it started but then it lost me over and over again. Each to their own, you may love it as I know others have.
My main reason for choosing this was for the reading by Scott Brick – I love his style.
The rave reviews surprise me.
The start is very good even if a little predictable but I was hopeful for a great 36 hours.
Maybe I'm just not into post apocalyptic novels. I have a greater faith in humankind to make more of things and to be more sensible.
Warning semi-spoiler coming.
The set up for the future colony was stupid and hence the whole of the last 2/3rds of the story became irritating. The quasi religious stuff was interesting and showed great promise, but was never fully developed. As ever I always hang in to the end hoping there will be relevance to the boring bits in the middle. But no. I think the author realised that eventually he wasn't actually going anywhere with the story so just called it a day, much the frustration of many, but for me a relief.
Overall avoid this one if you like your stories to have a semblance of rationality about them.
Justin Cronin is a master at weaving a story around human emotions and reactions. But if you're looking for something warm and fuzzy choose another because this is in NO WAY A ROMANTIC TALE where everyone lives happily ever after. Cronin seems to have an amazing gift for getting in to the reader's mind - or in this case, the listener's mind. A very descriptive style that allows you to sink so deeply in to what the characters are feeling that it often becomes quite heavy going. Its altogether possible that you might need to take a break every now and then because its a bit overwhelming. You name the emotion and its in this book: fear, despair, love, grief, joy, desperation, hope, jealousy, faith, evil. But don't be fooled in to thinking its all just a yarn about touchy/feely stuff, because there is great depth and variety in the story line - how the characters feel is wholly (and believably) related to the action and story line. I nearly ignored this book based on the cover art. At first glance I was tempted to think it was simply a book about an abandoned little girl. But the addition of 'Something is Coming' enticed me to read the full description. Its always nice when you find a book that provides such bang for your buck (in terms of both quality and listening time). This is a long book but I never lost interest or wondered where the hell the story was headed. About to start on the next in the series - you really cant go wrong with Scott Brick. This book was primarily read by Scott with short journal extracts performed by Adenrele and Abby. If you're looking for a great read that's based around tough choices in extreme circumstances you're likely to enjoy...
Ok, so it was the length of the story that first grabbed my attention; I do so love a long book....but only if it's good! Had I seen any of the marketing that refers to it as a vampire book, I probably wouldn't have even looked twice, as they're not usually my thing. I do like a good post-apocolyptic story though, and that's the other thing that drew me in.
All that aside, I was expecting something just OK. What I found instead is a very cleverly written, well paced and mostly believable story. More importantly, the characters are real and not too larger than life, although some aspects of the environment are. The scientific elements, although unsual, make sense. And for me, that's important. I have no problem in suspending my disbelief as long as the concept is plausible, which this one is.
All in all, it just works. It's not perfect, but nor can I find anything that rubs the wrong way, annoys or detracts. It's totally engaging and I find myself looking forward listening to it, yet at the same time, I don't want it to end. Imagine my delight when I learned that it was the first in a Trilogy? I am almost at the end of this epic adventure and have already purchased the second one, so it looks like it doesn't have to end after all.
All of it!! Mainly though the believability of all the characters and the story that follows each of them. You really feel invested in each of them.
Probably "The Stand" but only because thats another end of the world epic.
Its Scott Brick. Nothing more to say!
The first chapter really got to me. I won't spoil it but as a grown man it was the closet I've come to crying at the first part of any book.
Hands down one of the best books I have ever read.
I would recommend the book to a friend, but not this audio book.
I am going to go out and buy the book because I really want to read it. I couldn't finish this audio version because of the narrators droning voice! If this was a short story or normal length novel it might have been alright but considering the length of this epic story having a narrator who cannot emote even a little was simple bad casting.
I couldn't even finish the first installment. The story is amazing but his voice just makes me want to scream.
For a book to get five stars from me, it'd have to be good. So far in my audiobook journey, 'The Passage' and it's sequel, 'Twelve' come the closest. Not a vampire story as such (thank goodness), but the fresh and innovative take on the vampire myth is compelling. While the character development is a bit hollow and predictive I really enjoyed this action packed adventure. Don't however, read The Passage unless you also plan to read the sequel Twelve. The Passage does not conclude at all, but leaves off in the middle of the story. Twelve is just as good as The Passage and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion but with hints as to how the story will continue in the third book 'The City of Mirrors' - can't wait!
Although one has to give Justin Cronin credit for incredible imaginative and descriptive powers, I cannot recommend this book as I found it really disturbing and violent. Obviously it would appeal to some people, but not to me. Extremely well developed characters and detail. The narrators performance was a little over the top, particularly when he tried to imitate accents, which was irritating.