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 book fills a much-needed gap"
Despite the supposed pre-release hype overload, which passed me by completely, I found 'The Passage' on Audible linked from Stephen King's tremendous 'Under The Dome'. His even better 'The Stand' contributed to choosing this, but while it bears comparison in its post-apocalyptic theme it certainly does not in its readability, its pacing, its characters, its plot, or in its entertainment.
Cronin seems to confuse the epic with the merely long: I can't remember the last 850-page book I read in which so little actually /happened/. It opens well enough, though, the enjoyable first part setting the satisfying if fairly hackneyed near-future scene, the threads of the cast's stories drawing them towards a shadowy military installation and its doomed experiments.
There is then not so much an evolution of the plot but a saltation - a completely new story, but it's not a very good one. The characters stop being interesting, few develop in any satisfying way, and while there's lots of travelling around for the next sixty chapters they don't seem to go anywhere. I finished it two hours ago, and beyond a couple of set pieces I can hardly remember what happened. My plot precis could fit in about twenty words.
Overall it feels like a literary novelist - and the man can certainly write a sentence - choosing to demonstrate his genre flexibility with a move into highbrow sci-horror, but it simply pales as entertainment next to a King, Straub or Koontz who could have made so much more of this. Too long by far, too light on plot, too heavy on backstory for characters with such a short lifetime; and as the first in a trilogy (I'm told) demonstrates a kind of 'Lost'-esque hubris about the stamina and dedication of his audience.
Thirty six hours of investment, yet I have no interest in the next two parts. The abridged version of this might make for a tighter narrative. If you try it at all, save yourself twenty hours of padding and try that.
"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!
"Faaaaaaar tooooooo loooooong!"
OMG, this book never ends. It has some good stuff in it, but far from enough to keep up the pace. A ruthless editor is needed before anyone should read this book.
"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.
i really enjoyed listening to this book. kept me wanting to listen. in fact I got miffed when i had to turn it off and return to the land of the living.
It felt at times as though i was listening to a story written by Stephen King as thevAuthir, to me anyway wrote in a similar way. Always something happening and it kept me rivitted. Thank you Author
"Great start to epic trilogy, great narration, great audible presentation."
What is there not to like?
A page turning adventure and this the fantastic opening chapter.
I've just read this a second time in preparation for the final part finally released this year.
Love the narration by Scott Brick.
Can't say anything other than thoroughly recommended.
"everyone is different "
I was hesitant in buying this after reading the reviews saying it goes on a bit and the middle part loses its way but actually I didn't think this. The middle does change pace and it is different from the first section but I found it just as engaging. My main gripe is the voice of Sarah, she sounds like an automated voice response and is so flat and boring. other than that I loved the story and go into book 2 with a similar apprehension i had for the first. hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised again.
I love this book. I've read it twice and now listened to it as well in preparation for the third book release. Narration is excellent and it's a great story, can't recommend it highly enough.
"Almost gave up on it"
Very good first part, boring middle part and again very good last part. I will get the second book as well. If you're struggling after the first part, keep going, it'll get there again.
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