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!
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.