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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"Best audiobook ever!"
This is THE best audiobook ever! I was gripped from start to finish. The combination of Justin Cronin's exceptional writing and the exquisite narration of Scott Brick made this book thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile. I'm glad that I opted for the audiobook instead of the printed version, as the narration was brilliant and enhanced the story. I'm really looking forward to book two of this series and hope it's as captivating as this one!
"This book is too incredible to describe!"
If you are thinking of purchasing this audiobook. DO NOT HESITATE! It is perfectly written, perfectly narrated and can provide hours upon hours upon hours of one intense, insanely, awesome journey. Thank you and well done Justin Cronin! And well done Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden. This book is narrated so fantastically I felt like I was there the entire time. I felt like I was the unmentioned person of the group in this amazing tale. :)
Buy it. You won't regret it.
A very long book with a somewhat surprising ending. It seems that there must be more to come. I was left checking my library to make sure that I had listened to it all...That said I found the characters sympathetic, the story engrossing and given the arrogance of governments believable and as I listen to my books whilst doing housework and chores my house has never been so tidy!
"Recommended to fans of any genre"
I really cannot praise this reading of The Passage enough. A great story is delivered perfectly by a small, but perfectly suited cast to an effect that had almost crying in places ti jumping at shadows in others.
The only negative point I can think of is the ending. It's unfair that cliff hanger could be allowed in when we have years to wait until the next book.
This is a stunning piece of work, breathtaking in it’s depth and range of ideas. I loved it.
From the synopsis I had high hopes however I was to be disappointed. The book is split into 2 sections which don't really relate to each other. A lot of time was spent developing characters who weren't an integral part of the story and I felt there were too many unanswered questions and not in a good way. 36 hours is a long time to invest in a book which then fails to deliver.
At over 36 hours long you would expect this book to be a triumph of characterisation with a sweeping epic narrative. Unfortunately it is neither.
It is incredibly overwritten and, for it's apocalyptic subject matter, surprisingly dull. The characters are all rather interchangable, dull and incredibly humourless.
Some of the fault must lie with Scott Bricks terrible narration, as on the few occasions that the narrator changes to Ms Ojo or Ms Craven you actually start to be interested and care about the characters.
If you must download this I would perhaps suggest the abridged version as I suspect a really good edit would have improved things no end.
"Slow burner but gripping read"
Really enjoyed this book though I have to say it took me a while to get into it. I know some people have complained about the number of characters but I really liked the complexity of the world created and the way things began to tie together. Also it is brilliant value for money as it's just so long. It lasted me several months of commuting.
Justin Cronin weaves an intricate story - with links to characters in later chapters, making the story come alive with his description of events. Each book keeps you hanging and I haven't been able to stop listening!
Wow! What a great listen! Find most audios too short so the length of this unabridged version was very appealing! so fantstically well written, couldn't wait for an excuse for a journey to listen in my car. I lived the apocalypse with the characters and now it's ended I feel incomplete. Please release the sequels asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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