I love this book. I am sad that it is over, but sounds like there could be more! There are a lot of twists and turns to follow, but at the end, Mr. Cronin brings it together nicely. Awesome series with great characters, great character building and great story! I would recommend to anyone who loves apocalyptic stories or wants a twist on the classic vampire story.
Found "The Twelve" a good listen, it certainly keeps the reader/listener entertained. Provided a lot of insight into the characters and great follow-up to the "Passage". It definitely brought the story lines into perspective. It is very tense at times with lots of action, not really the best bedtime story to achieve a relaxed state of mind. Not for the faint of heart. Really enjoy Scott Brick's narrative style. Looking very much forward to the next installment.
Yes, as it delivers what genre demands, and with a level of skill approaching artistry.
Cronin's ability to weave the threads together in a suspenseful and satisfying way, while continuing to surprise.
Peter Jackson, but there are several interesting characters that Brick performs well, antagonists as well as protagonists.
Yes, as its the second installment of the Passages trilogy and there remains some messy unfinished business. Cronin has mastered this material and has the confidence to go long and deep and complicated. If there are wholes in his plotting, I was too preoccupied by the horror and spectacle to notice. He is working with well-worn tropes in a well-worn genre, but my raised hackles settled down once it became clear that he was writing his own tale by his lights and rules and not by horror conventions.
Brick's performance gets off to a slow start, but gains assurance as the author begins to exercise masterful control over the material and confidently defying expectations. Cronin quite frequently juxtaposes scenes of close-on intimacy, such as between a mother and her newborn, with savagery and degraded violence, and Brick oozes his way through it all in an unsettling tone with subtle, cumulative power.
I was so looking forward to a continuation of The Passage, instead I got a confusing story that only added more characters. For example, whatever happened to the reading of the book of Sarah. In the Passage it's made to seem as if Sarah is a major reason that people survived. From reading the Twelve, I just didn't get that and there was no further mention of the book of Sarah.
It certainly won't be the next book in this trilogy. The Passage was good and held a lot of promise. The Twelve was just a waste of time.
I always enjoy Scott Brick, and for this book, I think it's the only reason I was able to finish it.
All of the scenes with Lish. Where was that story line going anyway?
I really wanted to like this book! It had so much potential, instead is was just a rambling, confusing tale, that would have been better off not written.
The narrators and the weaving of the characters together. The good use of scientific research posbilities as a plot back ground. How mankind will kill, mutant mankind in ways to try and improve mother nature.
The animal responses to the little girl in the zoo. The Nun's behavior afterward.
I have listened to alot of Mr. Brick's other performances. He is always enjoyable, no mumbles, slurs or false starts. Always first class narration.
The inmates taking over.
This book is a good listen, extremely good. It's part of a trio. I got this one because the second book was about to come out and this one had a good review. Also I wanted to know the characters.
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!