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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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.
"my first review"
What can I say, i looked forward to each night, a little scared of what might come, to listen to a great novel. excellent narration, both in pace and emotion Buy buy buy
"Astounding work of magical, transfixing writing."
If you like your audiobooks to transport you to another world, and keep you there, then this (yes, hugely long) novel will provide the perfect escapism. I have been captivated and shocked, thrilled and amazed, horrified and giggling aloud with this story. The pace of the reading is superb, for me, and I have often discovered that I have stopped doing what I was doing and am standing staring into space, lost in a world accompanied by these characters - willing them on, desperately crossing my fingers praying for what is to come.
I am not a sci-fi fan, nor a futuristic fantasy person at all. But this? Like a previous reviewer said - unclassifiable and unmatchable.
Please...Do not be put off by the hours of audio. I'm delighted at every second I get to spend tracing the tracks of this journey.
The best audiobook I have ever listened too! I listen during the day whilst at work and I was working longer hours just to hear more. Such a shame that we have to wait 2 years for the next instalment this really is a gem. If you like clever horror with bucket loads of tension this is the one for you. Plus the narration is first class.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
"well worth it"
not at all what I expected and I was engrossed in the characters and the situation until the book skipped forward in time.. I found myself a little confused and had half a hour of possibly switching off, but thankfully I never and it turned out to be a good decision
It is long and sometimes the narrative goes off into parts that I felt not completely needed in the story and deflects from the main story line
You have to really stick with it to keep up with some of the jumping back and forth in time in the early stages and it is a book which needs you to concentrate on it. I found it very enjoyable for the most part- there were a small number of areas where it was a bit slow for my liking but these were few. I would recommend it as it is quite different but was a little disappointed in what I felt to be an unfinished ending- maybe I was looking for something which was as dramatic as I found the rest of the book to be!
"1st review I have ever written, it's that good!"
The naration takes a little bit of getting used to but the story soon takes over and what a story! My girl friend is pleased that I have finished it as now she can get some sense from me. The only problem is she wants to listen to it too as I have been raving about it so much, so it looks like I wont see my ipod for a while!
This book scared the hell out of me on the night shift, very hard to put down and probably one of the best books ive read (or heard) in a long long time ive been passing on its praises.
Cant wait for the next books
"Lengthy but enjoyable"
The Passage is one of the longest books I've downloaded from Audible, but it was well worth it. As the narrative is split in time and in person it doesn't feel as lengthy. Set first in the modern day and then in an apocalyptic future, the story centres on Amy, a unique girl made more unique by an ethically devoid military project. There is a sense of inevitablity throughout the plot and fate or destiny are strong themes. Despite that, the ending was still a shock.
Like many others, I'm not a horror or sci-fi reader, but this book was great. Some criticisms here have suggested Cronin doesn't develop characters well. Well, I disagree completely. These folks spanning over 100 years are complicated, deep and very engaging. I couldn't believe I listened to 30 hours in just a couple of days. Couldn't stop listening and can't wait for the next chapter in the saga. How many years do we have to wait? OH NO!
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