I loved John Hodgman but the story itself was not my favorite. It is a book that I would recommend for Hitchhiker fans though.
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.
I did really like the story and wanted to give it a 3.5 but that's not possible. I liked everything enough to keep listening and find out what happens but there were a few issues for me. The story was really graphic at times, as you would expect in an end of the world tale. Certain elements were quite fantastical and stretched credulity.In the end I would recommend for those who like end of the world stories and are used to explicit detail.
I am afraid it's a struggle to keep listening. Loved his Cassandra Project book but this one just has not grabbed me.
Not reading to many reviews and knowing as little as possible makes for a great listening experience!
Just give it a go! I loved it!
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