I recommend this book because of its insight into people and the human condition. Moving and illuminating, if not always happy and hopeful. The sense of truth beneath the book is rare and liberating.
Weaving together many well-developed characters.
Auster is a fine interpreter of his own book. His reading colors the words and sentences you might not feel if you just read it.
The ending is not disappointing, but I found myself at a loss. So I listened to that last 90 minutes again, more carefully. Major things happen fast, sometimes even off-stage, but in the end, everything is tied up without loss of verisimilitude. This is a great accomplishment for an author who is trying to deliver felt life. Auster is serious. I look forward to another.
I like Cronin and needed a long audio novel for a long car trip, so I bought The Passage, partly on the strengths of the reviews here. I should have read the reviews on Amazon first. I see now that the reviews on Amazon are much more balanced than the reviews on Audible. Am I too believe that audio book listeners are less discriminating?
The plot, the characters, the themes--all are bloated and sentimental here. The narrative structure is flawed. Jumping into the future with new characters (only to get back to the old later in "new" form) was badly done. I thought the virals might be interesting, but the presentation of them and their ways was obscure. I never really saw them or understood what they wanted.
Go ahead and waste your time on this book. But you could be reading (listening to) 5 much better books for the time and money.
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