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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"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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Long but worthwhile"
The unabridged book is very long and it does get a bit frustrating at times however the level of detail you get from the unabridged version means you know ever character and every scene - nothing is left in doubt and you never say 'who is that again?' A couple of negatives - the last few chapters feel a bit rushed - almost as if the author had decided enough was enough and raced to the ending which did not have the same level of detail as the earlier parts. Perhaps it was left the way it was so there could be a second book.. I dont know, but if there is a second book a different narrator may be worth considering as the main chap was a tad slow in his speech which made a Long book even longer. All in all though a good 'read' and would definitely consider reading something from this author again.
"Where's the end?"
I found this a really mixed book. It starts off very strongly; The first part of the book is very well written, with good pace, characterisation and structure. Then there's almost a step change to a slower, somewhat more rambling pace, and although not quite so engrossing it still kept me listening. Then you get near the end and just at the point you think things are starting to come together it finishes with no real conclusion, just a whole load of lose threads to tantalise the listener without providing the answers you read the story to find!
As an audio book this works well being nicely narrated by three different narrators adding colour to the characters and perspectives.
Overall it was an enjoyable, imaginative story but one that ultimately leaves you looking for answers.
Excellent book with strong, three-dimensional characters with whom you become totally immersed. The narrator captures the essence and rhythm of the riveting story to perfection, enhancing the 37hr listening experience, which never drags or becomes boring. Everything is here: excitement, adventure, horror, love, friendship, betrayal, courage. It's a heady brew and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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