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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"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?
Unfortunately this book,whilst superbly written, is let down by the narrator Scott Brick. For this reason the novel would make a better read than listen.
"A good listen, but make sure you stick with it"
The book starts well, then seems to slow quite a lot. The pace picks up so stick with it. I think the slower section could be reduced quite a bit, especially given what happens to all the characters in it.
The last line is a killer!!
Without doubt, the best audiobook I've ever listened to and already one of my favourite books of all time.
It is actually very cleverly written, because it is not one book but three books that tell a compelling (and scarily believable) story. Mr Cronin is one great author, and I suspect a fan of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series - has a similar post-apocalyptic feel for much of the book.
However, it is the characterisation that really hooked me in. Totally believable people in scenarios that should be too fantastic for words, but are not.
There are to be two sequels, apparently. This could well be the "Lord of the Rings" for the 21st century. my only complaint is that the next part of the trilogy is still another year away.
You will not listen to a better book this year
I loved the beginning of this book, which seems to be divided into about 5 sections of 7 hour segments, found the second section hard to get into, however once I was, it was very good, rolled along and kept me interested. Little disapointed by the last 5 minutes. Overall...loved it.
Not the kind of book I would usually read, but it will grip you, the characters are easy to get to know, and it has a bit of everything. Its very very long, but worth sticking with. The narrator is a bit too slow, especially in the more gripping parts, but its still good. Will keep you interested these dark winter nights.
"Excellent story...shame about the ending"
I loved this story...right up until the last few chapters. The story is fresh and interesting, the characters and setting interesting, and the narration excellent. But, in my personal opinion, the ending was terrible. There was a 'spiritual' undertone throughout the story, which turned into preaching towards the end. Disappointed, but enjoyed the epic tale for the most part.
"what a good story writer"
Justin Cronin is on of the best writer's i have ever listen too. The Passage starts of with you meeting a little six year old girl name Amy. She is the hero of the story. And scentists gives men that are on death row a virus. I will not tell you what happens to Amy you will have to listen to find out. The virus gets outs and thats the start of the end or is it. 5 stars from me and cant wait for more from Justin Cronin.
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