Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He's wrong.... FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is.... The Passage.
Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he's been searching for - and wishes to God he hadn't. In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her. In a maximum security jail in Nevada, a convicted murderer, Giles Babcock, has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection. In a remote community in the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home - so he can kill him. Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined.
And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man's darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human. And beyond. The Passage.
©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group
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I normally buy unabridged versions of audio-books as I prefer to listen to all an authors words not just what an editor decides so I was slightly miffed to realise I had bought the abridged version of The Passage. I have, however read some reviews that the book is perhaps too long. The abridged version though really keeps a great pace and I found it incredibly difficult to stop listening. The story is just fantastic with wonderful characters and I cant wait for Justin Cronin to write the rest of the trilogy.
"Resident Evil but better !!!!"
Just finished the abridged version of this book .. I was actually late for work sitting in the car park waiting to hear the last 15 mins. It seems to have brought together elements of a number of sci fi horrors together with a good story to explain WHY?, but the whole thing is a success and well worth the Listen ..I'm even thinking of buying the unabridged version to do it all again
This reminded me of a Stephen King novel. A very atmospheric dystopian novel that disturbs and haunts you long afterwards. Edward Herrmann is a joy to listen to. I don't often listen to the abridged versions of audiobooks, but I'm glad I did in this case - I think this was just right and can't imagine what more material could add to the story.
"cant wait for the follow ups"
great take on a vampire story. think 'i am legend'
only wish i got unabridged version. still got 2 weeks till next credit thats how good thought it was.
"Excellent 1st. of the 'Trillogy' !"
... ?'what can I say '! ...apart from I both wanted, & DID feel the need & desire to 'listen' to the nx x2-installments....
"Good writing, well read, but story not for me"
This book came highly-recommended by a friend who positively raved about it and couldn't wait for the sequel. So it might be me! I could appreciate the quality of both the narrative and the narration, but the story itself was a big disappointment. Suspension of disbelief never quite happened enough for me to sustain interest in the incredible plot.
This book captured my imagination completely. Everything about it enthralls, from the intricate plot, to the complex characters to the outside chance that this is a scenario that could feasibly happen. Hermann's narration is one of the best I've ever heard, and did justice to a superb work of fiction. Highly recommended, even if fantasy stories are not your norm.
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