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.
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.
"Excellent but borders on plagiarism"
Oh yes this was superbly read the best narration i've heard on an audio book so far.I will be looking for more books narrated by Scott Brick.
Auntie she made me laff.
Firstly there are going to be spoilers hear so you may want to skip this. Secondly i loved this book and i will be buying the second one soon, But i couldn't help but notice the many of the story elements appear in "The Stand" by Stephen King i will try to remember and include some of them hear. The most obvious is the character of Auntie who is very similar to the character of Mother Abigail from "The Stand" Both characters are elderly black women and are thought to be the oldest living person left alive. Also both get visions or insights from some higher power and both die once they have past on this important message.And many characters get dreams or visions from a source of great good and of a source of great evil with "Babcock" taking the place of the "Dark man" from "The Stand" in the stand there is a paragraph where california separates from the USA and declared itself an independent country in "The Passage" this becomes a major story element. These are just a few of the many story elements that live notice that seem to be plucked from "The Stand" and there were other story elements that seems familiar to me although i could not quite place them.but i would not be surprised if other books have been plundered to make up story.I am aware that sometimes different authors come up with similar story elements independently from one another but the amount of similarities with "The Stand" was overwhelming. i don't have space to list them all hear but i found story elements on almost every chapter that i atribute to "The Stand" I feel i must point out the although elements seem to be inspired from "The Stand" the story itself is very different and the writing ifs very good.
"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!
"An interesting reboot on the vampire/zombie genre"
Well written and brilliantly performed by Scott Brick along with his supporting narrators. The premise is scarily plausible (even if some of the plot devices are a little contrived) I found once I got to grips with the large cast of characters spread over various time periods I was absorbed and HAD to finish this book. And the sequel The Twelve is just as compelling
"An excellent read"
This was my third audible purchase and as the other 2 books I bought were only 10 hours long, I fancied something a little longer.
The book felt a little slow to get going, I did get a little bored during the first couple of hours but it does get going and towards the end I couldn't take my headphones out! The second book is £25 though, so I am waiting for more credits before getting it.
Without spoiling anything, the book is set in a post-apocalyptic world and is filled with history and details that really help set the scene. Having read this, enjoyed it and read other reviews mentioning Stephen King's 'The Stand', I shall also be checking that book out!
great story, well told with well defined characters you can really believe in. I didn't want it to end
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