I really enjoyed the first book and was hoping I would like this second just as much.. I did. I can't wait to read the next one.
The story was just as detailed and as well thought out as the first.
The first book in this series was very well done, but getting to the end of an 800+ page book and finding out it was the first in a series was upsetting. Listening to The Twelve started out as a daunting task, and the pace of the story coupled with mundane characters made completing it a downright chore. It had its good parts, but you cannot have an accumulated 3 hours of good stuff when your run time is 26 HOURS.
Hopefully the next one will be better.
tired of surprise endings that are NO SURPRISE AT ALL...... IT'S ALWAYS THE BEST FRIEND OR THE HUSBAND THAT "DID IT"
I tried to read the first in this trilogy years ago- but it started off slow and was long so didn't get into it- with audio you can listen while doing other things and now I'm hooked- starting book 3 right away
I do like to back up my opinions, but I'll be very vague. So no spoilers.
The book first jumps back in time to introduce a bunch of new characters, backstory. (eventually) a whole new situation for the characters of the first book to deal with. This felt like a left turn, but Cronin is an enthralling writer and I got pulled in. (Having flashbacks within the flashbacks was frustrating though.)
Eventually we catch back up to the "current" timeframe and the middle part of the book is suspenseful and satisfying. Great build up.
Unfortunately things fall apart towards the end. The payoff of some storylines is weak, others rely on incredible coincidences. There are frustrating plot holes that I can't relate here, and missed opportunities for satisfying exchanges between key characters. The finale is one of those elaborate set pieces involving a dozen actors, coordinated to give each one a defining moment. One has to wonder if the fact that the books have been optioned for movies influenced the writing.
I do give Cronin mad props for resolving as much as he did, instead of pushing everything to the third book.
Overall, The Twelve is entertaining but uneven, and disappointing compared to The Passage. I'm going to have to read some reviews before deciding whether to bother reading the final book.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
I think the narration is actually better, especially the female voices. The story is known to be rather wordy but thats just a kind of style and is pleasant to listen to anyways.
Very satisfying ending, so much so I was wondering if there wont be a book three. Actually, thought there was going to be 12 books, because, you know, 12 vampires. There was one thing I am still wondering about; why Corevill was keeping that other place under wraps. So yeah, still looking forward for next book!
I love to make my mind think anew! For every book I read, my world grows. Maybe I need a bigger world, bigger then the one we have today?
Easy to listen to an even do its a long book I long for more!
Looking forward to hearing the next book!
Oftentimes a trilogy book visits the same characters over and over. I loved that we did that in this book but were also introduced to new characters. It allowed for a wider visualization of the world in which they were all living in.
In some ways it reminded me of The Stand. Not in the horror genre but in that you were seeing how day to day lives were affected by a catastrophe that was/is beyond ones control and the strength required to master it.
Great narrator! His voice is easy to listen to and had great syntax, energy, and heart.
Great read! It is a long book but carried its own weight throughout. Personally I love the long books as you truly get your moneys worth in hours. I was never bored and it definitely did not drag on. It was over before I knew it...in a good way. I will move on to book three as soon as possible.
This book was a great follow-on to the first. I am excited to get my hands on Book 3. Kudos to the Author, Juston Cronin, and narrator Scott Brick. I hope Scott will be narrating the third book. He does a fantastic job!