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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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!
"Excellent Listening and Reading"
I found this book totally absorbing, it is part of a trilogy, the second part is called The Twelve which is due out in August of this year I hope that Audible has it sooner. This was an excellent book by an excellent author.
"Just Download It"
This is one of the best audio visual experiences I have ever had - and there's no visual! It is priceless. I urge you to experience this if you have any inclination towards the dystopian genre. The narration is the best I've heard - I can almost image I'm there. The plot is gripping, the writing evocative - very reminiscent of Ray Bradbury. I listened in the car on my daily commute and regularly sat outside my destination waiting for a section to complete. Unmissable. I only hope that the brilliant Scott Brick is lined up to narrate the two remaining books in the trilogy which are due for release in July this year and 2014 respectively. I can't wait.
This book gets you hooked from the beginning,then it completely goes back in time and for a while you think you are listening to a different book,i found myself drifting after a while the story comes together again then you get hooked,i did not no this was a trilogy the end will keep you wanting more
"Well written, excellent narration, good production"
This genre isn't one that I'm usually into, but I enjoyed the story and the narration very much. Sometimes a narrator and production value and make or break a good story, and this was a good combination of both. I really got into the story and couldn't wait until my next listen.
Not my usual style of book - I don't 'do' science fiction, but was intrigued by the synopsis so thought I'd give it a go. And boy am I glad I did!
Be warned, this is a very long and descriptive book. There are many sections of the book that are simply designed to paint a picture and set a scene, and there is a certain amount of perseverance required... And after the first third or so of the story, there is a jump forward in time of nearly 100-years, which introduces a whole new set of characters and what feels like a whole new story - but if you can hang in there and let the story unfold, it's well worth your time.
I eagerly await the second part of this trilogy!
"Wonderful - do listen."
Superb story wonderful narration. Loved every minute of it and was so sad when it ended. When is the sequel (The Twelve?) going to be ready?
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