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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I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the rather annoying tones of Scott Brick, the narrator. The story is well composed and unfolds nicely. I immediately downloaded the next part of the trilogy(?) and have been listening to that as well now.
This book is long but worth the endurance. The characters are somewhat cliched but that is kind of why I liked it as it offered and entertaining listen without having to concentrate too heavily on narrative, great for car journeys, bike rides and house work.
"Very absorbing... deliciously long"
What starts out interestingly enough becomes a totally absorbing listen throughout. I did not want it to end. Brilliant!
I really enjoyed listening to this and was surprised at the jump in time, more could have been written about this which spoilt it a little. You never know it could be in another book.
I agree with the reviewer who felt that it had almost been written as if it were a screenplay and this did detract from the story as it was a little formulaic in parts.
I'd go and see the film!
"this is a oh yes book"
this book is very detailed and can jump a bit from one thing to another but stick with it and you start to get the"oh yes" moments, i have listened to this book in just 2 weeks. cant wait now to get the next one.
"Stand down Stephen King this man has the crown"
What a story, Stephen King has nothing on Cronin, by far the best story I have ever listened to, it has everything you could wish for.
Cronin has created a master piece, and all brought to life by Scott Brick (the man has a way of telling this story that is second to none)
If you like King, Koontz or any of the mainstream horror writers forget them, once you start this story you will not put it down.
Am waiting for the next novel
"Totally Awesome Story"
I loved this story and I was totally engrossed from start to end. I have read many books of this type of genre but I particularly liked the epic nature of the story. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the post-apocalypse world and how a group could survive or fall apart. This book leaves you on a cliff hanger, so I can't wait for the 2nd novel (The Twelve) to be released to find out what happens to the characters I have gotten to know so well. It is a very long book, so I was glad I listened rather than read it.
"Help - is this a book of too many parts.....?"
I was hooked from the beginning - the first part of the book is amazing, I enjoyed it so much I thought it was going to be the favorite ever book - until the next part - (av) to many people, too much dragging on of stuff - where is it going, how does it all tie up, I keep going back and listening again and again and then losing interest so, sorry Justin, got off to a flying start and then left me cold. Perhaps I should try something else and go back to it again at a later date. But for now, nice narration, suits the story - but not for me.
This is a good story and a good narration. Its was long enough to keep me going for a while and good enough to ensure that no matter how busy I was I made time (driving, lunch away from my desk for once! Cleaning the kitchen whilst listening and bedtimes) to listen. A good buy.
I trudged through this book, one of the worst audiobooks I've listened to. The story would have been improved by cutting out 25 hours. Very disappointed
I read a handful of reviews and thought I would give this book a listen, mainly because of the length! I listened to books everyday and sometimes get through one in two days, the 36+ hours of "the passage" sold it to me. Every single minute of the unabridged version is captivatying, addictive and simply amazing. Cronin has an ability to tell several stories from a wide variety of different characters without the reader getting lost or confused. I felt so much for all the characters and the story itself is very believable and realistic. I cannot wait for the next installement.
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