Like a Detour bar: marketed to be healthy, but really just junk food pumped full of whey protein.
I've completed both books, The Passage and The Twelve and can confidently say that the story here is decent, but stripped down and predictable in a 'made for the screen' type writing. I commute a lot which was one of the only ways I was able to get. Through it all. The narration is superb yet at the same time a bit over the top and a bit melodramatic- especially during the one-linear passages which repeat for emphasis. There are elements of the story which are simply put, 'too thin' and character development is often times poor. I was left with the feeling of regret over the 50 hours of listening time devoted to both books.though at times compelling, I just hoping for a richer, more concrete story.
I may be mistaken, but the writing felt poised towards the 'young adult' crowd,
Justin Cronin's writing and Scott Brick's performance are an incomparable collaboration. Haven't heard a better team yet.
The adjectives and analogies used to paint the picture that brought the story to life.
The depth of Cronin's story line and the depth of his characters is absolutely remarkable and captivating. Scott Brick was once again masterful, giving life and living detail to this wonderful novel.
I agree with the reviewer who described this novel as more sprawling than epic. It rambled...a lot. There were multiple story lines - specifically the ones before the viral outbreak - that didn't make much sense and I still don't understand why they were relevant and how they added to the quest "Last Stand in Denver" for example. Had it not been for the great actor narrating the story in the audiobook and lots of time to kill, I would have never finished it. I loved The Passage and felt very "bleh" about The Twelve with exception of the narration which was fantastic actually. I recommend the audiobook for that reason alone. Had this been the first book in the trilogy, it would have been my last. There's enough rich storytelling to make it worth reading the 3rd, after it goes on sale.
The Twelve os one the best, most wonderfully emotional stories I've read. Cronin's amazing talent bringing the reader inside the story and Brick's wonderfully read narrative make this book a great read for anyone!