Well, I did it! I waited the year and some odd months for "The Twelve" by Justin Cronin to come out. The day Audible released the book, I fell upon my computer like a chicken hawk and locked my copy into my library. I downloaded it to my trusty IPhone, (while tapping my toe.. Could not wait!), popped in my earphones, closed my eyes and.... two hours in I'm thinking maybe I missed something. So, I re-listened to the first two hours. Hmm, OK. Maybe I should listen a little longer.. Welp. I finished the book, listened a second time.. and, it was agony. It's with great trepidation that I write this review. I really liked that some of the original Characters were still in the book. Even some that may have been thought to be lost and never to be found again. I also liked that the book was lengthy and had great bones..Now, What I really didn't like:"The Twelve" by Justin Cronin, did not give me the "rush" that only a very good scare can do. It did not "wow" me. I am rather underwhelmed and deflated. See, here's the thing, The Plot was great. The Story Line was EPIC. The execution was ehh, not so much...Justin lacked the ability to keep the story line and plot cohesive with the fist book. Characters and time frames seemed to be out of wack making "the reader" in this case, me; very frustrated. I'm not going to bash this book but it was not for me. I certainly expected more from Justin since his first book was a real butt-kicker. If he reprises the characters and does a branch off, (City of Mirrors in 2014) I will probably pick it up. I just won't be pee'ing my pants waiting for it...
Without giving to much away; I found it a great disappoint that Justin wrapped the story in a traditional, predictable way. I
Scott Brick however, gets four thumbs up! He brought life, likability and realism to the Characters. I really felt them become solid at his vocal commands. He's an amazing Auditor.
I could see this book becoming a movie. I would hope if its being looked at for that purpose, Steven Speilberg should direct. I can see Jodelle Ferlind playing the young girl, Cicely Tyson as the nun (with a stunt double of course) and Jared Depadeu as the father figure.
Everything! The story itself; the unique characters & setting - even more the suspense at every turn!
Amy - because of her pure heart and combo of innocence & great power; but mainly her love for everyone with no limits; as God's love is to us.
Sorry - there are so many I can't think of just one (or 2 or 3).
When Carter was ready to sacrifice himself via drowning for the woman he loved; his whole character touched me.
Yes - I have only one complaint upon ending this book; & the first one in this trilogy. . . I am disappointed I have to wait on the 3rd book!
A really long convoluted way to put yourself to sleep. The story jumps around, strays away, gets into intimate detail about situations, then leaves the reader wondering why the heck they were given so much detail as it isn't threaded back into the story again. I found it a great cure for insomnia several times. I was quite disappointed after being fairly pleased with the first book in this series.
Not really, I found it very difficult to focus on the story, I constantly lost my attention. The Passage on the other hand, I listened to for hours and hours in one sitting, this has taken me quite some time to get through.
The characters felt flat and I kept forgetting who was who, and the pace was slow.
Maybe my expectations where too high, but they were not fulfilled.
I have read that Kindle books and other books have illustrations, I am surprised these are not included in the audio download, maybe that had made it easier to keep track of the characters.
Scott Brick is my fave narrator, but even with him and his portrait of the characters it was confusing.
Get the book or the Kindle version - or at least find the illustrations and character lists somewhere prior to listening.
On my Top 5-list.
There are so many, and I do not want to give any spoilers.
I have listened to The Passage, Book 1and Book 2 is almost as good. I simply loved to be back in the world of all these wonderful characters.
I would choose Brad Wolgast. He sounds like a person to trust and one who cares.
I almost can't wait for Book 3!
Somewhat. This narrator is very good and I enjoy listening to him.
I listened to The Passage and another book by him. He is very good.
This book leaves the story hanging a bit, but that is to be expected of the second in a trilogy. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and I didn't realize there was a list of characters in the back of the book, which might have been handy. The climax of the book is confusing and what actually happens is somewhat unclear. I am hoping the third book explains it all. I can't wait for the third to come out.
I have been a long time listener of audiobooks but am new to Audible. I find audiobooks to be a wonderful format to expand my reading genres and strongly believe that the narrators skill is the most important aspect to all audio books, even slightly ahead of plot. The best books , of course, combine a great story and narrator and make for memorable listening experiences
Solid middle book. Does a great job of filling back story and setting up the final chapter in the trilogy. However, some of the characters are weak and poorly written
Peter because he seems to the most human and the voice of conscious and reason in the story
The scenes where Peter meets up with Tifte
Alicia as she is so noble and yet so human
Poetic suspensful profound
The stand by Stephen King
All of them
Peter... Complex and conflicted
This book is absolutely fantastic. Well written and profound. People who only wants action non stop, please avoid. People who want incredibly storytelling welcome...
Scott Brick gives an excellent performance. However, after invetsing aprox 9 hours listening to the audio I have bought the kindle edition .I have found the audio confusing, the story jumps around and I forget the characters relationship to each other, a lot of characters are introduce in a short time. I will not have this problem with kindle edition. Some stories are just better to read. I read The Passasge and loved it, without the confusion problem.