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
It was good the narrator had the thing down. The author know how to do this and entertains and draw the reader in, but so often loose the reader again. I think it is to long. The story ended to abrupt as if the author lost intrest and "skipped" across it. It felt like the objective was to write a 36 hour 52 minute book. The lead in was fast and full of action, the middle part just crawled on and on and then the end just like that!!!! Still good liked it.
WOW! I nearly didnt buy this audio book based on the fact that it seemed so similar to Stephen Kings book "The Stand", which i loved. I am glad i took the chance as it really stands alone. The story is utterly believeable and not a nuclear bomb in sight! Amy, Carter and Babcock get woven into the story along with the other characters you will get to know and the journey begins. Just be glad you can sit and look at the stars in this life, as in their world darkness is a cause of fear.
Fantastic story and wonderfully narrated. Scott Brick really does bring the story alive. Don't miss this one , it is addictive
I've read this book in print before and loved it and listening to it had only improved it. Fantastic. Thanks
"As good a sci-fi read as you'll get"
The characterization is well handled by the different voices.
A well imagined post-apocalyptic world, the story developed slowly enough for it to be believable and the characters to fit in well.
"Another dystopian sorry but very well done"
Really got into this book, grew towards a lot of the characters and enjoyed their development.
It's not groundbreaking, there no really "new" ideas, just different version of what's already been done. That said this one is done well. There are some clichés but I can live with that.
Narration is good. I'm a fan of Scott Brick but some fine him robotic. There's cameo narration for small exerts / single chapters that work well. Brick is the main narrator throughout.
"excellent , the story was not what I expected"
I just wanted to keep listening it was so different from other books I have read. will be trying another of this authors books
"Struggled to Carry On"
As other reviewers have said I had great hopes for this story for the first few hours of reading but then the listener is asked to set aside everything that has gone before and embrace new characters, new setting, new time period which are slow to come alive. I have never quit a book part-way through but came close to it on several occasions with this one. I did eventually make it to the end but I found it a real struggle and I found large sections of the narrative passed me by in the dull and monotonous 3rd person narration. It was rather like a log flume - an exhilarating initial climb followed by a massive drop of interest and then a long, dull and slightly damp journey to the end.
Not really - as other readers have pointed out there is a similarity with The Stand by Stephen King which is one of my all time favourites but the difference with that is that you become emotionally involved with the core characters which act as a common thread throughout the book taking you on their journey. Justin Cronin's scene changes greatly affected the flow of this book to its detriment. This book has certainly put me off the series though.
The main narration was monotonous and lacked emotion. I often found myself drifting off and thinking of other things for large sections of the story. In contrast the short sections by the two female narrators enlivened the story and I found myself wishing more of the story was in the first person.
The first few hours were promising.
"Magnificent sprawling masterpiece"
It is easily in the top three audiobooks I've ever owned or listened to.
It's difficult to compare The Passage to anything else simply because of the way it was written, the narration and the direction the book takes which is usually not where you expect or want the book to go.
I listened to Blade Runner (Do androids dream of electric sheep) and I wasn't expecting much. Scott Brick tends to have a depressed, low key style which didn't lend itself well to Blade Runner, mainly because that story is already too down beat. However, it worked perfectly for this story and its sprawling nature.
There is a moment in the book that particularly moved me. It's near the end and it's a character's sacrific. However, anymore information than that would spoil the plot for others.
I love the fact that this book is long, complicated and contains a huge number of characters, slang and takes place over large areas of the the US across a long period of time. Even the sequel couldn't live up to the sprawling nature of the this book. Utterly wonderful and always one of my first recommendations to people thinking of joining Audible.
"Over-long post apocalyptic vampire story"
There is a more than halfway decent novel buried in the bloated mess that saw publication. Does no one edit properly any more? The characters I liked in the gripping opening disappear once the story shifts forward 100 years and their replacements just didn't do much for me, Supporting characters blend together lacking distinctive 'voices', though I enjoyed the section where our band of post-apocalyptic survivors meet up with a tough military unit engaged in fighting the good fight against the voracious vampires that have overrun humanity.
The novel never quite recovers from an unwelcome change of pace signaled by release of a virus that causes test subjects (all death row inmates) to develop superhuman strength with the unfortunate side effect of vampirism, when the action moves to a colony of survivors in California. Cronin never actually uses the 'vampire' word, preferring to call his bloodthirsty, soulless creatures 'virals' and 'smokes', though there is a good scene with effective use of an old Dracula movie.
It took me nearly 6 weeks to struggle through the book. At first I was hooked by the story and some engaging characters, despite problems with clunky dialogue, overuse of exposition and back story. I'm a sucker for a good vampire story and love dystopian fiction. Yet by the final few hundred pages I was desperate to finish the thing, and not because I was eager to find out what happens, just to get it over with. Which is fortunate in a way because the ending is more set up for the follow-up novel than satisfactory conclusion.
The narrator helped when my attention began to wander, so, yes, I would definitely look for other titles.
In short, a promising premise with a page-turning opening section then several hundred pages of frequently dull rambling that stops frustratingly short of a proper ending. Will I buy the sequel? Probably, because Cronin undoubtedly has talent; he just needs a really good editor.
Most definitely. It is unlike anything else I have ever read or listened to. It is epic in scope, with a refusal to be pigeonholed into any genre. Post apocalyptic fantasy, horror, family drama, thriller - they are all here.
There couldn't be a single character in a book this epic in scope. My favourite group of characters would have to be the "survivalist" group. The growing sense of unease and their desperate situation is wonderfully gripping.
The depth of emotion is vital. It could be easy to lose interest or let your attention wander. The quality of narration is absolutely key to maintaining interest. Especially in a book this long! I found this book gripping from start to finish, in part due to the quality of the narration but mostly due to the brilliance of the writing.
It made me cry at the end - without revealing the ending, it is very bleak but entirely believable.
Everyone should listen to this book. Regardless of your feelings about hype, believe it in this case.
"Not your usual Vampire Tale - nor SciFi either"
Vampires, Gov'mint, Mystical
The ending was (a bit obviously) left open for the second book and was a bit "mystical" for my tastes, considering this was in the science fiction section of Audible. To say I felt a bit let down would be an overstatement, but you catch my drift. Since I only gave it 3 stars, I am unsure as to whether or not I can be bothered to get the next book
Delivery from Scott Brick is slow and measured, a bit too slow for my tastes. Adenrele Ojo's and Abby Craden's performances were credible and not unhelpful in furthering the storyline.
Forget Zombie Apocalypse, here come the Vampires
Not really SciFi if you ask me, more mystical mumbo-jumbo (no offence) with an initial scientific experiment gone wrong set-up, but I suppose that is kind of obvious.
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