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.
Loved it. While there were a few lulls in the story...especially around halfway through...then it is off and racing again. Incredibly written and a fantastic imagination by the author. Thought I'd take a break before jumping into the second book but I'm afraid I didn't make it even five minutes before I was downloading The Twelve to my audible libary.
Loved it !! Simple twist on the old zombie classic
"Engrossed by this wide-ranging saga"
I would recommend this book to someone who was after a big read. I enjoyed the range of almost separate stories involved in the book, which we told more than adequately.
I am not a regular reader of this genre so I have few comparisons. I became very involved in the characters and their world.
I probably would not have had the endurance and the eyes to read this book. Listening to it as I walked was something I looked forward to each time.
I really did enjoy the passage. One of the best pre then post apocalyptic novels I have read. The best 'Vampire' book I have ever read as well, however refering to the Virals as Vampires is about as far from Edward Cullen as you are going to get. These things are brutal mercyless monsters who retain no empathy for humanity, and are haunted by the worst moments that define their lives. The first Viral attack the listiner will come across the creature opens a man from groin to neck with the simplisity of tearing open a letter. Although I can see it annoying readers. It really is a book of two very distinct sections, with a very drastic time jump, change of setting and charachters that may jar some readers who were prepared to hold onto the 'main' cast for the duration of the book. And although the setting and time that the second part is set in is interesting, it does take a short while to get going again.
Stephen King's The Stand it draws the most comparisons to. The end of the world, the bad dreams, the wise old black woman, even another faction controled by the orchastrator of the dreams. There does become a point in the book where I was wondering where hommage was going to become plagerism, but it doesn't destract from just how good the book is. And Stephen king was a big fan to boot.
The Narration for the vast majority of the book was outstanding. Scott Brick could make a rendition of Mary had a little lamb sound like it was going to end with a murder/suiside . It fits the tone of the book perfectly. However, at two different sections of the book, for no more than 10-20 minutes each, it cuts to a different narrator. Litterally mid paragraph. I really do not know why they did this.
This is difficult to say without spoiling anything. However as mentioned earlier, due to the time jump, several brilliantly written charachters that you have gotten attached to get rather fast ends to their story.
A fantastic book, brilliant characters with a great story and part one of a trillogy!However if you just googled books about vampires because you liked twilight, this could not be more different, but you should probably still read this as it will show you what a propper story really is.
I started listening to audio books as I needed help sleeping. So from this I ordered a book that wasn't usually for me, hoping it would be boring and aid sleep.
Turns out I loved this book! Wish there were more like them. I really got into the characters and the story. Couldn't wait to go to bed to listen to it!
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.
"A sprawling epic."
The story is so deep that there would be a lot of details to pick up early in the book on a second listen. The narration and production values were excellent too.
The Stand, Swan Song.
I enjoyed the build up to the creation of the virals, with Grey.
I don't get paid to come up with stuff like this.
Buy this, and buy The Twelve. And then write to Cronin and ask him to hurry up and finish the third book.
It pains me to give a 'it was OK' having spent hours and hours on the book.. Where to start the beginning pulled me in then once the virus had taken hold, then it was social commentary for pages and pages which is all well and good, I like social commentary but there was not enough light and shades between characters and everyone was so samey, towing the line. It did not grip and I like to be gripped especially after all the teasing! I get the slow word building tension, I knew this was not an instant gratification kind of book and was prepared but a development would well develop and then promptly be closed off a little later, this happened a few times and well I could not help saying to myself what was the point of putting that in at all.. disappointed, perhaps it went completely over my head and i did not get the subtle nuances, but oh my goodness I have never been so pleased to finish a book all year.. 10 days of my reading life gone forever..
"Better than expected"
I wasnt expecting much from this but ended up enjoying it. If you like the post-apocalyptic virus thing, Stephen King etc, this will keep you going.
The first part would have made a book in itself, but the story has enough to keep it going in parts two and three.
The narrators do a good job with plenty of involvement.
Lots of suspense, kept me awake late at night, so great for a jouney, but not one if you are looking for something to lull you to sleep.
Why did I not see this one before,never wanted to turn off to sleep.Loved it!
Not your average vampire story.more about the girl,with vampires in it.
easy to listen to,smooth narrative.
Definitely wanted to listen to whole book in one sitting-but the sheer volume of it,of course made it impossible.
Want to find out where Justin Cronin lives-and hold him at pen point until he gives me a copy of the last part..(after the twelve)..to read!
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