The initial pace of the book was a let down and I almost considered shelving it. Luckily, it picked up and was a worthwhile read. Readers who are jumping into the series at this point beware; I think this book is not an entry point into the series as some trilogies allow. You had to have previous knowledge of the characters and their plight to appreciate the book. The back stories only allow you a glimpse.
The first installment of this trilogy was excellent. This book compares nicely in both character development and plot.
I found myself missing the protagonists in this book. They became real people to me and that's the sign of a good book. Also, I found that I truly hated the antagonists in this book and that is equally important.
May be better as a read book; plot got a bit unwieldy and it seemed like it needed more editing; interesting ideas but characters seemed 2-dimensional.
It's not on the same level as the first book which I really liked. Story too complex. Confusing. Hard to follow. Characters weak (other than in "The Passage"). The book has its moments but all in all too broad. With a 4 star rating this book is overrated. I would give it 2,5 stars - no more. I had high expectations - maybe that's why I am disappointed...
Most likely I will read part 3, but JC has to improve!
I liked the narrator. Same "style" as in the first book. Without him the ratings would have been worse in my opinion. Good performance.
Has its moments which remind of the first book. All in all too weak.
If you didn't like the first book or thought it was "so, so" - hands off this one. You need to be a fan to get through this one.
I like the characters and the story line. I don't mind the religious overtone to a point but if your not a christian and don't want a lecture sermon you might want to pass on the book.
A story line that I could follow or understand.
Yes. I have listened to others that he narrated. The content was not able to be appreciated even in his voice.
I tried....I really did. I do like long drawn out books that are good reads, but this one was not to me a good read.
This book takes a special type of reader. I read all of the great comments about this series and thought it was something I needed to get in on. I love long books that I can listen to while I work. I dont know what I was expecting but I feel like he introduces characters and then they go away then in come new characters. I just can not follow the book. I am into the 5th hr and I just dont get it. I dont see the point or the hero or whatever I am so lost and dissapointed with this book. I even thought maybe its me and came back to this book and started over after listening to a different book but I just dont get it. I dont want to spoil the story or what I dont understand about the story because I hate reading spoilers in reviews but..... the 1 thing I do understand about this book is where the creatures originated from. But the point of the story after that is tedious and so lost in the details that I can not find it in myself to listen until the end (where i am sure it is all brought together).
There is literally a boat load of characters. The time jumps would not have been a problem but each leap introduced someone new making the characters vague. I felt disconnected from the characters because of the mélange of storylines.
I really enjoyed the Passage, but The Twelve just doesn't stack up. The characters that were developed in the first book seemed thin and generally not as interesting as in the first book. I just didn't care about them in this book.
Scott Brick's narrative style of making most sentences full of breathy emotion was particularly annoying in this rendition.
The plot is not tightly written and so highly fragmented between characters, flashbacks, switches of venue, that it's hard to feel attached to the characters from scene to scene.
If there was a third installment I wouldn't read it. But I recommend the Passage which is original, much tighter and with much better character development.
Amy, she has s much wisdom to impart.
This was a lot harder to follow the The Passage was but it is still a very well written and I throughly enjiyed it.
From the first word to the very last, I was hooked. One of those books that you better save for when you can afford to be a little irresponsible, because it was hard to stop listening. I loved The Passage, but thought this one was even better. I found every character fascinating and was devastated when any of them, even the bad guys, made 'an exit' -- as, alas, characters are wont to do in apocalyptic novels.
Bravo, Mr. Cronin. Flawless!
And bravo, Mr. Brick, for an excellent read that never slipped.
Yes, there were some connections that were a bit too convenient but, in a way, that was one of the interesting things. And isn't that one of the themes anyway? That it's not just The Twelve who are irrevocably tied -- but that all of humanity somehow is as well?
The only problem is that the third in the series doesn't come out till 2014.
I have just one thing to say to Mr. Cronin about that: "Write for me, write for me, write for me..."
I tend to side with audio editions of most books because I do not have time to read like I used too.
I liked the building up to the big fight scene. I thought about turning off my book because of the way it goes back and forth and then it picks up speed and becomes exciting.