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 called 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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"The best audiobook on audible!"
This is by far the best book I have downloaded from Audible. The story is long and absorbing. The voice of the narrator adds to the suspense. Its great that the story goes beyond the initial catastrophe and hints at more to come from this author. Highly recommended. Its vampires without the silliness and teenagers - feels much more plausible than other gothic offerings around at the moment.
Although I enjoyed the premise and characterisation, I felt this text needed a major edit. Much of it should have been cut by a skilled editor/rewrite. It seemed more like a draft than a completed work. However, there were parts of the story where I listened in thrall to Cronin's descriptive powers despite the rather portentous narration. Disappointing overall.
"engaging and at time addictive"
This is a great listen, drags you in and spits you out.. be warned though it is part of a trilogy. I did not know this and spent ages being disturbed by questions that were unanswered when I thought I had finished it.
"Starts well but quickly becomes a bore"
I totally agree with Richard's comments. The book started really well. I'm onto Part 3 and frankly it's becoming a chore listening to it. I honestly don't know if I'll make it to the end which I've never found with an audiobook before.
The narrator's voice is expessionless and irritating and the middle part of the story just goes nowhere. After all the hype surrounding the book I'm disappointed. I doubt I'll be following this anticipated trilogy to the finale.
An absolutely vast novel, a great listen. A word of warning can be quite bleak, a feeling which is reinforced by the narration style.
"Needs a good editor"
A slow and overly descriptive book which needed editing. Every time the book started to generate some pace the story would introduce another character with their back story and all momentum would be lost. Very frustrating as the basic backbone of the story was very good.
The narration was slow which added to the frustration of listening to the book.
"I would give this book 10 Stars if possible"
Fantastic. brilliant, amazing and loads more words like these. YES It is dark and moody but it needed to be to capture the atmosphere of the situation. The book dose jump one hundred years into the future but it also goes back to explain many unanswered questions. I can't think of a single thing to fault this book. I do love a long book, as a fan of Stephen King you have to be, This is Kings style but darker. Loved it and so will you!!!!
"Not what I was expecting - thrilling!"
Well I have lots of ways of describing this book - very Stephen King'esque!!! I think - I don't know who Justin Cronin is, I bought this one after reading reviews that were good, however, on listening to it myself, I would have describe it as having Stephen King tones in some places, but the most significant author that comes out of this is Richard Mattheson as the books seems to be a mish-mash of I am Legend (the book) meets I am Legend the relatively recent film. I therefore don't really consider the story, one of vampires (or virals as they are known in the book) as particularly unique or any of the content for that matter. The main characters don't even particularly stand out in the book and that isn't a harsh judgement as he has made all the characters of equal importance. The story is good in its complexity, albeit rather easy to work out and Scott Brick is, as ever, easy on the ear, very clear, making the story flow with ease. There are many thrilling parts to this book and thats what kept me listening and there are some pretty daft bits to the book too (couldn't get my head around the cave or "passage" at all!). On the whole Justin Cronin has written a very good story, one of which I have no doubt will make a very good television series (I don't see it as being a good film!). I would like to have given it 5 stars and what stopped me was the predictability of it. It is a good book, certainly one to be proud of and I would recommend it. These books to appear to be very popular at the moment. Do buy it, do read it and enjoy it. You would not be wasting your money.
Loved it. While there were a few lulls in the story...especially around halfway through...then it is off and racing again. Incredibly written and a fantastic imagination by the author. Thought I'd take a break before jumping into the second book but I'm afraid I didn't make it even five minutes before I was downloading The Twelve to my audible libary.
Loved it !! Simple twist on the old zombie classic
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