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
"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
"Engrossed by this wide-ranging saga"
I would recommend this book to someone who was after a big read. I enjoyed the range of almost separate stories involved in the book, which we told more than adequately.
I am not a regular reader of this genre so I have few comparisons. I became very involved in the characters and their world.
I probably would not have had the endurance and the eyes to read this book. Listening to it as I walked was something I looked forward to each time.
I really did enjoy the passage. One of the best pre then post apocalyptic novels I have read. The best 'Vampire' book I have ever read as well, however refering to the Virals as Vampires is about as far from Edward Cullen as you are going to get. These things are brutal mercyless monsters who retain no empathy for humanity, and are haunted by the worst moments that define their lives. The first Viral attack the listiner will come across the creature opens a man from groin to neck with the simplisity of tearing open a letter. Although I can see it annoying readers. It really is a book of two very distinct sections, with a very drastic time jump, change of setting and charachters that may jar some readers who were prepared to hold onto the 'main' cast for the duration of the book. And although the setting and time that the second part is set in is interesting, it does take a short while to get going again.
Stephen King's The Stand it draws the most comparisons to. The end of the world, the bad dreams, the wise old black woman, even another faction controled by the orchastrator of the dreams. There does become a point in the book where I was wondering where hommage was going to become plagerism, but it doesn't destract from just how good the book is. And Stephen king was a big fan to boot.
The Narration for the vast majority of the book was outstanding. Scott Brick could make a rendition of Mary had a little lamb sound like it was going to end with a murder/suiside . It fits the tone of the book perfectly. However, at two different sections of the book, for no more than 10-20 minutes each, it cuts to a different narrator. Litterally mid paragraph. I really do not know why they did this.
This is difficult to say without spoiling anything. However as mentioned earlier, due to the time jump, several brilliantly written charachters that you have gotten attached to get rather fast ends to their story.
A fantastic book, brilliant characters with a great story and part one of a trillogy!However if you just googled books about vampires because you liked twilight, this could not be more different, but you should probably still read this as it will show you what a propper story really is.
I started listening to audio books as I needed help sleeping. So from this I ordered a book that wasn't usually for me, hoping it would be boring and aid sleep.
Turns out I loved this book! Wish there were more like them. I really got into the characters and the story. Couldn't wait to go to bed to listen to it!
Over 35 hours of listening but well narrated. I stuck with it to the end and then went on to buy The Twelve.A little confusing at times, but well written, if a bit over descriptive at times. Could have probably been reduced by a third without losing the storyline.
I'm listening to The Twelve by the same author at the moment.
None really, it's not that sort of book.
"Great story BUT"
This is an epic tale!
But the constant doom & gloom tone of the narrator is just too much.
Yes it's a morbid subject matter but honestly having to listen to the monotone drones go on and on made me want to draw a blade across my wrists.
"Great Narration, great story."
This is a long old story, but the narration by Scott Brick is absolutely stunning, un-hurried, and full of subtle emotion. The biblical references add to the story, but don't go over-board, and the action scenes play like a film.
It can feel overly-tragic, ironically before the huge tragic event, but the main premise means this is essential. The structure of the story-telling, especially in the second half of the book tells the reader there is hope, even if not within the narrative of some of the individuals it touches on..
Love this a lot, need to wiki the story now, and see what i've missed!
"Gripping from beginning to end!"
I listen to Audio books as an alternative to the radio during my daily commute. Rarely do I look forwards to the journey but whilst listening to The Passage I found that I was looking forwards to it and even hoping for traffic jams! It was quite unlike any other book I have read or listened to.
There are similarities to parts of other books or films but this added to the enjoyment for me rather than detracting from it. I can understand why the detail in the story might put some readers off but I thought this enhanced the book.
The book was excellently read by Scott Brick. His tone and pace suited the story very well.
If you want a thought provoking, exciting and gripping listen, give it a try and you won't be disappointed.
I'm looking forwards to part 2 which is due for publication in August 2012. I hope Scott Brick presents the Audible recording!
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