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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"Truly epic in scope"
This was my very first audible book and what I was mostly looking for was a long unabridged book that had good reviews. Long it certainly is, about 36 hours as I recall. The Passage is an epic tale told in a very compelling style. I found the first part a little confusing, trying to get to grips with who everyone was but that may well have been as much because I was listening only for an hour or so a day during my gym sessions as anything else. Once I started listening in longer blocks I was rapidly drawn in and totally engaged with the story. The narration is excellent and Scott Brick is very easy on the ear. I have already bought the second book in the trilogy and will no doubt buy the third when it comes out.
"Brilliant, then not so brilliant..."
I absolutely loved the first part of this book, the characters were engaging and the story was fast paced. I couldn't wait to listen to the next part and told several friends how amazing the book was. Then I got to 'book 2' and It was quite literally like I'd accidentally downloaded the wrong book. The characters we were just learning about had suddenly gone and the whole story is set in a completely different time/place/society that I just can't relate to at all. There are too many new names that aren't very interesting and I can't keep track of who is meant to be related to whom etc... To be honest I'm still listening to it but mainly because I keep thinking that it just has to get better again. Please get better again as I've already paid for the 2nd part of the trilogy... Reminds me of The Stand and I thought that It was going to be just as good from the first part of the book but I feel let down by the 2nd part.
"the passage is an intuging book"
wow, what a great story, i just could not put it down, the author has made amazing and likeable characters amid a story line that is actually believable. i enjoyed this book to the fullest.
I found the 'The Stand' links both completely understandable yet completely misleading if people are expecting something similar. This is not a SK novel at all, there are some similarities (massive virus, dreams, detailed back stories) but that is it.
It's a very different style and therefore I enjoyed it and I think the voice actor was appropriate for the style.
I did have to bear with it a little with the jumping about across time but if you are willing to just see where you are going and enjoy the little details it's a great listen.
It has an almost formal feel and the characters can be tight but I was thinking JC was hinting at the new world the characters are in and I think reflects their lives well. I personally cared about them but I can also see why the tone may have made people feel distant from them. Its has a 'world apart' feel (but as said I thought this was intentional and happy to enjoy it).
Not having actually heard much about Justin Cronin I didn't know what to expect but this is an amazing, thought provoking, what if book. And it is written in a way you could believe it could actually happen. Mixture of vampire and zombie. Love it.
This book is a must for anyone.. What an epic.The story line grabs you from the start and it was nearly impossible to stop listening.
"Entertaining story, well read"
I very much enjoyed this book, the story felt very Steven King-esk, and was very well narrated, with good emphasis, tempo, and voices. My only gripe would be that some of the gun based action scenes seemed a little out of place on occasion, and we seemed to drift into Tom Clancy territory. Overall, recommended and I am looking forward to the continuation of the story in The Twelve.
"Sensitive, intelligent sci-fi"
This is a wonderful book about a terrifying future. Although "vampires" are the basis of the plot the events are always thoroughly credible and therefore far scarier than your average blood drinking fantasy. Every character, good or bad, is three dimensional and realistic. Some of the individual life stories are heart-breaking, and that's before the end of the world begins! As well as the scientific, horror and action themes there is also a spiritual element to the story which I found very interesting. I recently re-listened to this audiobook as so much happens in the story that I needed to remind myself of before listening to the sequel. It was actually even better the second time around. I really appreciate the gentle narration from Scott Brick which is a perfect match to the style and pace of the novel. A very classy book.
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!
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