It wasn't drawn out, but it's just that there was something happening in different places at different times continually. Yes, definitely, a second read is necessary. This is far more complex than the first book; lots of themes, plots and characters, far too much to absorb in a 'first' read. I intend reading (listening) to them both books again soon.
Yes. It is very rich in detail and I look forward to listening to it again. I listened to "The "Passage" and "The Twelve" back to back. Loved it but sure I missed some things.
It was a great listen for my long distance commute.
Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. He gave each character their own voice and even with his deep voice, he was able to soften it for the female characters. It's a riveting book. Many unexpected twists. Can't wait for the third book!
I enjoyed the continuation of the story from the first book. It's been a while since I'd heard the first one, so I got a little bit lost when I couldn't quite remember who was who and their wheres and whys. I always like Scott Brick's performance.
I've been looking forward to this book for a very long time, perhaps too long. My expectations were sky high. I'm glad that I re-read The Passage before I started this one, although there was enough of a recap of The Passage at the beginning that people who have not read The Passage will still enjoy the book. Personally, I was just a little disappointed. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this one just didn’t grab me like the first one did. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that there was only one narrator this time, or that this was a substantially shorted book. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the third installment.
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A must listen, love how particular characters converse, a little anti climatic
Narrator is perfect
I recommend re-reading "The Passage" before listening to "The Twelve" - especially if it has been more than a couple of months since reading the first novel. This sequel was a pretty good listen overall, but too long in my opinion. As usual, Scott Brick does a good job at narration, and he was very effective with the lead character, Amy. The ending caught me somewhat by surprise, which I enjoyed.
The main characters continued to be well-developed in this novel, but too many peripheral characters were introduced, without really adding much to the overall story line. The first half of this story was a bit slow, dragging along in some chapters. The book picked up speed in the second half and ended very strong. I enjoyed some of the flashbacks in this sequel, and I thought that the author did a pretty good job in moving through several different timelines. Overall, "The Twelve" was not as good as "The Passage", but still a worthy read (or, I should say, a worth "listen").
After devouring the first book in which Cronin sets up a terrific and action packed scenario, I was disappointed by the second and concluding book. It never captured my imagination as the first one did, and I felt like some of the characters got muddied up as the author tried to tie up loose ends. He left some unfinished story lines, such as why the future citizens were reading the old diaries in the first place. Amy's transformation seemed contrived and forced to me. I can suspend disbelief for science fiction story lines but this time it was hard as some things were just illogical. Maybe the author needs to redeem himself with a third book.
Exciting, Terrifying, Imaginative
The characters. You grow to love many, truly dispise others and feel compassion for the pathetic creatures that are the result of the tragedy that befell them.
To hard to choose one. It would be like asking me to choose my favorite Led Zepplin song.
I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy "The Passage" and was looking forward to this book for several months. This is my first experience with a sequal as good or better than the original book. I felt like I was experiencing the story as a participant looking back on my own account of what had happened.You really feel as if you are there, stalking virals or being stalked. I now have to get used to listening to good and average books until the next Justin Cronin release.
I rated this book the same as Passages. but I don't think the story is as good. I felt the end of the book was almost like a children's story. Where everything comes out OK, and everyone gets what they want. It was good, but lack something Passages had. Scott Brick was excellent as usual.