I loved the Passage. But I spent many many times attempting to "start" The Twelve. After listening to about THREE HOURS of the narrative, I gave up. Three hours in and the story hadn't even started. Just little snippets of characters I didn't care about doing things that didn't matter.
The Passage was an incredible tale.
The Twelve? It's terrible.
The performance of the narrator was fine. With good material he can be a great reader.
Don't bother buying...
THIS BOOK IS A VAMPIRE STORY FOR GROWNUPS. IT'S A COMPLICATED STORY THAT KEPT ME RIVETED PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THE SKILLFUL DEVELOPMENT OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL CHARACTERS.
CRONIN DID A MASTERFUL JOB CREATING THE MIND OF LILA WHO HAS A PSYCHOTIC BREAK BECAUSE OF TRAUMA.
Voracious reader. That is all.
Amy grows up.
Peter because he seems to be the moral compass for all of the characters.
Yes, I listened to the Passage. This is equally awesome.
Sarah because her presence is shocking and her voice is hypnotic.
The depth the of the charters and the interlocking of story-lines was as great as ever.
Scott is my favorite reader by far.
The second part of the trilogy hits the ground running and never stops. The story will keep you hanging on every word. The characters are well developed - even the villains.
I listen to a lot of audio books and Scott Brick is my absolute, #1 favorite narrator. I love the inflections to his voice. He is a perfect match for this book.
I laughed and cried and stayed on the edge of my seat the entire time.
I can't wait for the next book! Justin Cronin... get to work!
No, there is no "hope" in this story, no light at the end of the tunnel just doom and gloom.
Some redeeming quality,action or feat that can save the world and human race.
Always a winner.
Passages yes, this one no. Was simply too complex with all the characters and flipping back and forth between past, present and future.
Could hardly wait for this book to come out and purchased it immediately. It was a disappointment.
...make up your mind. OK so I'm picky. Other than that The Twelve was worth the wait!
I sit at my desk and listen to Audible while I sell motorcycles to clients all across the world!
I have been waiting for book 2 now for a LONG time - and man am I glad it's here!
Please do yourself a favor and either listen to (or re-listen to) book 1 - THE PASSAGE - before you start this one. You'll be glad you had the refresher.
Now I can't wait for 'THE CITY OF MIRRORS" - Hurry up and write it already!
An excellent sequel.
I like how it continues to be suspenseful while filling in questions unanswered from the first novel
Scott has a wonderful voice with the clarity and proper emotion requisite for intense story lines such as this one.
I wouldn't change it.
If you liked The Passage, you will love The Twelve.
Having read "The Passage," the first installment in this trilogy (which, although it's by no means necessary for your enjoyment of "The Twelve," you should, of course, read first), I had high expectations for the follow-up, and "The Twelve" delivered admirably.
"The Twelve" spans the century since Zero Year, and author Justin Cronin does an excellent job of creating a plausible (given the whole "vampire earth" thing, I mean), readable and consistent history for his world, which begins to be realized in this book.
Cronin's characters gain much depth in this installment. There is heroism and good in this book, but they are tempered by human frailties and shades of grey. I enjoyed "The Passage" immensely, but this is a more mature work.
Unlike the first book, which functions well as a single novel, this book feels incomplete. This is not a negative by any means, but leaves the reader aching to continue the stories of these characters with whose fates we have become entwined.