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.
"This is not buffy"
I really enjoyed listening to The Passage, and yes you should believe the hype. I'm not the biggest fan of this kind of literature, I think the vampire theme in a lot of novels is wearing a little thin, however what saves this book is the awesome writing. Although this is Justin Cronin's first bestseller, from what I have read he has been a writer for some time and this really shows in this novel. The character's are really interesting and his descriptions of their surroundings are well carved out which really does make it a page turner. His writing actually reminds me a lot of Stephen King. In all my reviews I feel it important to mention the narrator as I think this can make or break an audiobook- the narrators in The Passage are excellent, it is a long book and the main narrator doesn't lose pace once, he also has a really great tone to his voice, hard to describe but perfect for this kind of novel.
Certainly worth a listen if you appreciate good writing, good narration and a good old fashioned zombie theme!
"Gripping, just brilliant"
I came across this book entirely by accident, and had not read any of the reviews before I purchased, simply wanting an audiobook that seemed 'different'. My pleasure upon listening to the excellent narration, and the incredibly detailed plot and character development cannot really be put across here. What I will say (as an attempt to convey my regard for Cronin's work) is that this is the ONLY audiobook that I have stopped listening to because it was too good. Sounds strange but I just couldn't bring myself to listen to it all, I had to go out and purchase the hardback, to see it in it's original fomat. I've read the book twice in three months, and am currently listening to the audio.
From the scientific expedition that is a violent and horrific disaster, the secret weaponisation of human capabilities, a story about a single mother and a nun, internal politics of a small colony, to dangerous expeditions into a world destroyed by an unnamed horror in the dreams of the many, this book is an epic triumph.
If you are looking for a book that isn't over in a few days, and will grip you from beginning to end, I entirely recommend 'The Passage' to you
I absolutely love both the audio book and the paper copy! The story telling is amazing and you really do get the feel for all of the characters. This book is easily one of the best I have ever come across! As is its sequel...
This book was brilliant but I'm glad I listened to it as the author is very descriptive so I'm glad I could just sit back and enjoy !
"Very much a story of two halves.."
Initially gripped, my car journeys started to become planned around the next chapters.. The setup, development and character work was excellent. Totally absorbing, right up to the surprising and somehow contrived 'second book'..
I now feel as if I have 'Done my time' with Mr Cronin. The book is nowhere near finished and i am yet to find a single character to empathise with.. It seems to dwell for long periods on very little.. Whilst I now understand that the initial names will not completely disappear, the last half is a journey in itself. My iPod skipped and I lost a few chapters.. I must admit to having breated a sigh of relief.. I'm not giving up.. just putting on another pair of shoes.. It's going to be a long haul...
Having read the review I was vey disappointed with the book in fact it's the first book that I have chosen not to finish. The book commenced very well but as it progressed to me it simply became very boring and simply did not retain my attention and interest. As I say I was disappinted and perhaps it is me but I simply could not continue to listen to the book's conclusion.
"fantastic creation of a dystopia"
Took a while to get into the storyline but, in hindsight, the slow simmering start has added to the overall effect of the book. Parts of it were riveting, others terrifying (definitely had a few nightmares after listening to it at bed time) but overall had the perfect mix of drama, science fiction and action with just the right hint of philosophical pondering on the meaning of and nature of life and the soul. Loved it.
surprising, unpredictable and gripping, I shall look for all his others, and for the narrator
Better than The Stand. Better than The Walking Dead. Better than any zombie filled post apocalyptic story I have read. wonderfully read.
"a long listen but well worth it in the end"
It took me a while to get through this, such a vast story with multiple characters, each with their own story.
felt a bit lacking in excitement around the middle section but builds to an amazing finale with enough questions answered, some new ones raised, and a healthy dose of action to reward you.
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