The story is riveting.
As always Scott Brick excels.
Too many to list!
Get it you won't regret it. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy.
Love the story, awesome narration, never wanted to turn it off!
No spoilers here
Last man standing in Denver
Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.
This was not up to Justin Cronins first book. The first one was great but I could not finish this one because it was so disjointed. I could not follow the story line if there was one. Don't waste your credits.
Scott Brick was the only redeaming thing about this book. His performance was great but a poor story line. I very much enjoy listing to him,
all of it
Dont waste your credits.
Too darn LONG.
Prepare for a long ride.
Most of the book went pretty fast, some parts just dragged on and on and on and all the skipping around got a little confusing at times. I had to go back and listen again...all in all it was worth the credit, but, if I had the printed version I probably would not have finished it, at least not for a long time.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Passage.
Compelling plot and calendars, excellent writing.
I lost sleep giving in to the temptation to listen to just 15 more minutes, then 15 more . . . and before I realized it I had given up hours of sleep to continue this book. Calling this a "vampire novel" really isn't fair to the monummental nature of the story line, the sweep across a century of "history," and the uniquely horrifying and complex nature of the creature who prey upon and virtually destroy humanity.
I have 2 other books that I consider perfect they are in order The Passage written by Justin Cronin and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. My follow ups are Roboapocalypse and World War Z. Now that you know a little bit of what I like, I can tell you that The Twelve (Currently listening to and almost finished) lives up to the well thought out story we were used to in The Passage. Where his first book introduces us to some of the main characters we have grown to love and miss in the twelve Justin takes them all (including some new lovable ones) to new levels. His balance and descriptive writing coupled with Scott Bricks voice lends brilliance to this followup novel on so many levels. LIke the first book i find myself partaking in the listen in small tasty nuggets not wanting to make a gluten of myself and find myself on the last page too soon. Justins writing is compariable to the great Sci Fi writers (or Horror) of our day and i recommend this followup book immensly.
Very similar to his first book but gives you much more bredth and width of the story of the years after year Zero
He does not so much change his voice between characters instead adding subtle inflections in the voice to lend credence to the character in question.I could not ask for a better narrator.
Maybe Peter Jackson to find out more about his family, particularly his brother and his feelings towards Amy.
YOU gotta listen to this book.
Most sequels pick up where the last book left off, but that doesn’t quite happen with The Twelve. Cronin finds a clever way to bring readers back up to speed in the beginning (I won’t say how) and briefly lands five years after the events of the previous book.
Then he goes back to Year Zero, when the plague of “virals”–vampire/zombie-ish creatures created in the lab–was unleashed on the North American continent.
The characters he follows are some we’ve met before, including some whose fates seemed a foregone conclusion. Turns out, we were wrong. The new characters in this part of the book seem disconnected from the story so far, but keep reading, because everything turns out to be connected.
That’s not to say this part of the book is boring or a trial to read, far from it. As in the first book, the collapse of this world is incredibly gripping and his characters are fascinating. The reader’s patience–because we waited SO patiently for two years to find out what happens next–is richly rewarded, both by finding out what happens to the characters in Year Zero and by how the story continues 97 years later.
Mr. Cronin certainly knows how to keep things from proceeding in a predictable manner. He also has a remarkable talent for creating characters people genuinely care about. When he “killed off” a major character in the first book (yes, the quotes are there for a reason) it was hugely controversial, mainly because he was such a beautifully conceived character. While the book has some truly evil characters, almost all are given moments of complexity.
I felt a major theme of the first book was how goodness is not always sufficient in battling evil, as good people helped create the crisis by the sin of omission, or by waiting too long to act. In The Twelve, the theme of redemption runs through the story, as several characters try to right many wrongs, including some they helped to create. Another running theme is the relationship between parent and child, as several characters lose or are separated from their children.
Consequently, this is a book populated by many sad and lonely characters, including some of the monsters, who aren’t quite as monstrous as one would assume. Some are going to break your heart. They sure broke mine.
Scott Brick, as always, gives a stellar performance.
First, the story is just so layered and multi-faceted. It's so well-crafted that it feels like there is not a single thing that happens that does not have further significance. I literally didn't want to stop reading because I *had* to know what was next. Second, Scott Brick's narration is probably the best I've ever heard. It's flawless.
It is literally unlike any novel I've ever written. The Twelve isn't even similar to The Passage, at least the first half of it anyway.
It's such a finely nuanced performance. Every character, it seems, has his/her own voice and none of it is forced or awkward.
I don't know
There was a brief period I thought I wouldn't like this book. A lot of time was spent revisiting the initial infection time. I wanted the story to progress toward resolution, not revisit the past. However, not a word was wasted and it all come into play. I still liked The Passage better on the whole, but this book still remains a must-read.
This was an excellent book. The best sequal to any book I have ever listened to. I started listening to it and couldnt stop. I would suggest everyone listen to the Passage and then The Twelve. Cant wait for the third installment. Too bad it will not be out until 2014.
Personal trainer in Columbus, Ohio since 1988. Addicted 2 audible. I've been a manner since 2001
Yes. It's read by Scott Brick! He's one of my fav narrators. Feels like he's telling a story.
2 many 2 list. Lots of characters but not hard 2 follow which sometimes happens with 2 many characters.
Yes. He is my favorite!
When Amy broke the cats neck. I know she did it out of love but I can't stand to read about anything bad happening 2 animals. Always makes me cry. I'm a whimp regarding that subject.
This is a book u really need 2 read the preceding book b4. I just happened 2 re-read The Passage last month by chance not even knowing a sequel was 2 b released. I'm glad I did. Everything was fresh in my mind