Whereas the The Passage seemed sprawling and meandering (in a very good way), The Twelve is, equally epic, is much tighter in terms of the novel's overall goal and how it gets the reader there. Like the first book, this book is filled with wonderful characters: the old ones from the first book return, along with characters only lightly mentioned in the first book and some brand new ones as well. And, it's the characters -- their development, their interaction, their growth, that makes them so compelling. Combine this strong sense of character development with a gripping plot structure, and you have what makes for an excellent audiobook. And, with Scott Brick as narrator, well, the guy could read the White Pages and make it a gripping listen. Scott Brick knows how to narrate.
So, there you have it: gripping story, fantastic sense of character development, and a narrator who knows how to tell a story (not as easy as it sounds). The total package is, well, one helluva story. Enjoy!
This is the best second book in a trilogy since the Two Towers. Simply incredible. Cronin ties up some loose ends, and leaves others waiting for the final book. I can't wait for the last installment.
I am a 40 year old physical therapist. I can remember when I was 12 I thought Stephen King was the only author in the world and I read any of his books...... Now my love for reading has grown...I love to listen and now... To about anything.....
This book along with the passage rates in my top five
My favorite would have to be Peter because of the intense development of his character.
Yes. Again,like the first, I was so wrapped up in everyone's lives that I hated to turn the audio off
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
Another fine performance by Mr. Brick & Cronin continues with a fine vampire story that stretches generations. Money well spent and I cannot wait for the next edition!
I wasn't really happy with the narration of this book so it is on my reading list.
The beginning was hard to get started, but once it got going it had me hooked. The last few chapters were great, finally some real action! The changes that Amy made in the book had me surprised, hopefully all for the good, but that will have to wait to be seen in the final book. As far as vampire trilogies go, this series is better than the Strain, and it has nothing in common with the Twilight series, so if you are looking for a vampire love story this is not it.
Could be better
There's several competing visions crammed into this novel and they don't particularly work well together. Other than some returning characters The Twelve feels much like a brand new universe that's still laying down the rules. Cronin doesn't seem to know exactly what the story he wants to tell is. Or rather he's trying to tackle a lot of concepts but nothing is getting his full attention.
A major annoyance is Cronin's shift from time-periods or main characters. You'll have a few short chapters in the 'present' and then spend the next 1/4 of the book in the 'past' with a completely different cast of characters (which you will not return to). Later you'll be spending a long period of time with a situation then he throws in a random chapter about an entirely unrelated character. Then off on another tangent. For the life of me I cannot figure out the flow. It feels like he got bored while writing and went off on random vectors to keep himself interested.
Normally I like Scott Brick... he's fairly awful here. Slow and ponderous narration. Way too much use of his "confused" voice which is sort of soft, whispery, and whiney. And unfortunately there are a lot of very confused characters in The Twelve. It seems everyone is coming out of a coma, or shock, or a blackout at the beginning of every chapter...
There were a few standout parts of the book, however. I really enjoyed a lengthy section detailing what happened in the weeks and months following the worldwide outbreak. It was a tasty novella hiding in a otherwise dull tome.
Yes, I will listen again. With the vast number of characters I still have questions and will listen again seeking answers. But first I must listen again to The Passage.
His timing is right on. I really liked the flow of the story, and Scott is a master at bringing you into the story.
The first book, The Passage, left me hanging, with a lot of questions. I thought about it off-and-on for weeks. The Twelve has answered a lot of those questions.
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!