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.
one of my Favorites
I don't have a favorite character they were all great.
Can't wait for the next one
Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.
Yes, even though I didn't enjoy as much as The Passage, it was still good, especially the last 1/3. The first 1/3 was a bit touch and go for me, and I felt we had way too much time with certain characters.
Didn't like this one nearly as much as The Passage- a lot of it was confusing too. But once the story picked up, it was interesting and tense. Looking forward to seeing where the third book takes us. It was pretty confusing on audio with the jumping back and forth, especially since some of the characters were minor characters or weren't in the first book. I think it would have been easier to read the first time in print then move to audio. I did listen to The Passage again (for the 5th time) just before listening to The Twelve, which is helpful.
I think his narration lends itself well to Justin Cronin's writing. I did miss the change up of having different voices in the first book though. I also wondered why Scott Brick pronounced a character's name in a different way from the first book. Every time he did that it took me out of the story.
Definitely. Lots of questions left to answer, loose ends to tie up. I'm looking forward to the big finale of this series.
The Twelve tries to expand the story too much in one book. The author tries to keep the action fast-paced while juggling a multitude of characters in a series of related, but different stories. He jumps from one group of characters to the next so quickly that it becomes very difficult to follow when listening. Scott Brick's sing-song narration doesn't help, either. The resulting audio book is a disappointing follow up to The Passage.
The book really seems to fall apart around 22-23 hours. Switching back and forth between story lines came so frequently at this point that I had to put the book aside for awhile. I got so frustrated with Brick's sing-song, monotonous deliverance, I thought I would scream. I usually like Scott Brick, but not when a real performance is required to help distinguish the characters. It seems like Brick gets bored while reading long books, so he tends to drone on and on with little change in inflection, tone or cadence. If I remember correctly, three readers were used in the first book.
The book probably works better on paper than in audio. I find it easier to deal with a multitude of characters in a herky-jerky story when I can visually see the names and can quickly turn pages to reread a section. The Audible app doesn't allow you to easily go back or especially forward to listen to a part you didn't understand without frequent bookmarks or complicated fast forwards and inaccurate scrubbing.
Since this book is part of a trilogy, readers are certain to buy it, despite the reviews, to continue the story that began in The Passage. I plan on listening to both books again in hopes that I enjoy The Twelve more the second time. I have no idea how Cronin will handle the third book, but I hope it's more in the style of the first book and not the second. I also hope Brick steps up and gives the next book a performance that it deserves.