Had a little more to offer. If it wasn't for Scott Brick, there would be no salvation. I don't believe I will be following this trilogy any time in the future.
I liked The Passage (book 1) enough to move on to The Twelve (book 2). This is not my normal genre, but the story and characters were written well enough to keep me in it. The Twelve is a gory book - if you don't like horror, then do not read this. I listened to the audiobook and some of the scenes had me cringing as I drove to and from work.
Now I guess I'm with the rest of the fans who are waiting for book 3 to come out.
4 stars for audiobook narrator Scott Brick. The book itself would get 4 stars, but it was a bit to gory for me, so I dropped it by a star. That said the story is solid and moved well in this middle book - 4 stars for the story itself.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys apocalyptic stories. Great read!
I love the characters and the background given for each.
Scott Brick becomes the characters. He becomes an integral part of the story.
Don't get caught in the dark!
If you enjoyed The Stand by Stephen King, you'll enjoy this story by Justin Cronin!
The story is slow... painfully slow, with so many different threads and characters that its hard to keep up with what's going on. To top it off, it has a habit of jumping back in time at places to add yet another perspective. I'm dropping this series...
I loved The Passage; have already listened to it three times. I've been anticipating part II. I wish I could say I liked it as much as the first part, but I must admit to being somewhat underwhelmed. It's just not as tight and doesn't have the same mounting suspense of the first as all story threads gradually wove into a climax.
But don't get me wrong. I don't hesitate to recommend it, as it does expand our understanding of not only the origin of the entire cataclysm, but the new threats as it's effect ripples out and evolves. I will read it again before I read the third part of trilogy and perhaps it will hang together a bit better. We get introduced to new characters and watch old ones figure out their place in what is now clearly a very long haul.
I have faith that even if this middle part is a bit weaker, anyone who could do what Cronin did in first book has an excellent chance at pulling it all together in the last one with the same skill and success; I'm counting on that and look forward to part III.
Unpredictable, page turner, more
Jonathom Mayberry,s king of Plagues series.. It was something I couldn't wait to read. Unexpected turns and love the narrator. Similar to Ray Porter who was great
Always, Scott was my first listen and I always look for his narration or similar
The end chapters
Read this series if you are a fan of Dresdan Files, Desert Spear books, Charlie Hustons series.
I know that post-modern discourse has a tendency to decentralize notions of a linear plot but do we really have to throw plot points in a blender and see what comes out? I was able to put that aside for a while. I told myself that I could expect the next chapter to be something completely different and have no ties to the last one. Once I accepted this then I settled back and waited for some viral but kicking to happen. The thing that lost me and made me not care at all how it ended boiled down to one simple thing and really had nothing to do with the previous issues.
I wish I had known that there were misogynistic, demoralizing scenes of the rape and torture of women. Then I could have known not to bother. I should say that the scene I am thinking about in particular is not extremely long, it just left me very disapointed. I cannot believe Mr. Cronin has been quoted as saying that the idea for the Passage came from his young daughter.
A great read and a great follow up to The Passage. The story was technically sound and very interesting. Narration was great.
I'm not sure. I think the book is wonderful, and the series is wonderful, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I've laughed and cried while listening to the book. That said, I'm not sure that anyone I know would love this book the same way I did, given that it's pretty long, and pretty slow.
Well, I appreciate that the same narrator is being used book to book. But I don't really enjoy Brick's narration of this particular book.
I don't always love Scott Brick; I'm sure he's a super guy, but he's so... breathy and has this lazy drawl thing going on, which I find incredibly off-putting. I've recommended a few other audiobooks he's narrated, only to hear "I couldn't even sit through half an hour of that droning voice!"
I don't know, sometimes, he's perfect for the story ("Word of Honor" and "The Company: A Novel of the CIA") but other times, he's just... not. This is one of the "not" books.
No, it's too long.
If you enjoyed The Passage, you'll enjoy this.
Great book. Cronin has the ability to put me in the story... The Twelve is great.. drags a little in some areas, but still a great read. If it's been a while since you read The Passage, I definitely recommend re-reading it (or at least skimming through) before you start this... Otherwise, you may get a little lost with some of the characters (since there are so many!!). Narrator does a great job as well.