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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 | [Justin Cronin]

The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.
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Publisher's Summary

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...

The Twelve

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"[A] blockbuster." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." (Time)

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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 11-19-12
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh."

    First couple hours it was difficult to pay attention. A lot of boring details are put into the book which makes it drag in places.

    Emotion felt forced and I found myself not caring.

    Story was also uneventful but gives you just enough to stay somewhat interested.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 11-15-12
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 11-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Dissapointing"
    Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

    I LOVED The Passage. I was very excited when The Twelve was released. However, after listening for hours and hours, I would find my mind wandering, it was like the story just droned on and on. After the "bad vampire" was taken care of, I stopped listening. I couldn't believe there was still and hour left in the book. In other words, I found it boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    Yes


    Was The Twelve: A Novel worth the listening time?

    No. It could have been much shorter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Kailua Kona, Hawaii 11-14-12
    Erik Kailua Kona, Hawaii 11-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this is a wonderful second book in the trilogy...though there are still some unanswered questions..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Alisha, but Michael is also one of my favorites. Lish is just amazing and strong. Michael is brilliant and sweet.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Sister Lacy in "The Passage" but, I like the portrayal of Lila in this book


    If you could take any character from The Twelve: A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Amy, I really would like to ask her all she knows and who all the people she was with after she left Walgast were. I'd also like to know more about April...


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a really wonderful read-listen- and I am excited for the next book, hoping it answers all of the questions I still have from the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy BRAINERD, MN, United States 11-13-12
    Jimmy BRAINERD, MN, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as The Passage"
    What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

    Not nearly as good as the passage. Seems slower paced, contrived.


    What was most disappointing about Justin Cronin’s story?

    Preaching religion.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's okay.


    Any additional comments?

    Was really looking forward to this book after listening to The Passage. Not looking forward to third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    james midlothian, TX, United States 11-13-12
    james midlothian, TX, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I listen to a lot of audio books and tend to like books that are dark in content and humor.

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    "Can't wait for the third."
    Would you listen to The Twelve: A Novel again? Why?

    Probably before the third one comes out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve: A Novel?

    Poor Sara.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He does an okay job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not as much as The Passage but still good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RSolomons Londonderry, NH 11-13-12
    RSolomons Londonderry, NH 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Arctic Rhino

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    "Slow Trickle turned into Torrent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The initial pace of the book was a let down and I almost considered shelving it. Luckily, it picked up and was a worthwhile read. Readers who are jumping into the series at this point beware; I think this book is not an entry point into the series as some trilogies allow. You had to have previous knowledge of the characters and their plight to appreciate the book. The back stories only allow you a glimpse.


    If you’ve listened to books by Justin Cronin before, how does this one compare?

    The first installment of this trilogy was excellent. This book compares nicely in both character development and plot.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Kittredge


    Was The Twelve: A Novel worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself missing the protagonists in this book. They became real people to me and that's the sign of a good book. Also, I found that I truly hated the antagonists in this book and that is equally important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid 11-13-12
    Ingrid 11-13-12
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    "not as good as the first one"

    May be better as a read book; plot got a bit unwieldy and it seemed like it needed more editing; interesting ideas but characters seemed 2-dimensional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick 11-10-12
    Nick 11-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't be lured by the first one!"
    What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

    It's not on the same level as the first book which I really liked. Story too complex. Confusing. Hard to follow. Characters weak (other than in "The Passage"). The book has its moments but all in all too broad. With a 4 star rating this book is overrated. I would give it 2,5 stars - no more. I had high expectations - maybe that's why I am disappointed...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    Most likely I will read part 3, but JC has to improve!


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    I liked the narrator. Same "style" as in the first book. Without him the ratings would have been worse in my opinion. Good performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Has its moments which remind of the first book. All in all too weak.


    Any additional comments?

    If you didn't like the first book or thought it was "so, so" - hands off this one. You need to be a fan to get through this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Massachusetts 11-09-12
    Michael Massachusetts 11-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Michael

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    "I like the story but..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    I like the characters and the story line. I don't mind the religious overtone to a point but if your not a christian and don't want a lecture sermon you might want to pass on the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clarice 11-08-12
    Clarice 11-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "WHAT?"
    What would have made The Twelve: A Novel better?

    A story line that I could follow or understand.


    Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    ABSOLUTLY


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes. I have listened to others that he narrated. The content was not able to be appreciated even in his voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I tried....I really did. I do like long drawn out books that are good reads, but this one was not to me a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes a special type of reader. I read all of the great comments about this series and thought it was something I needed to get in on. I love long books that I can listen to while I work. I dont know what I was expecting but I feel like he introduces characters and then they go away then in come new characters. I just can not follow the book. I am into the 5th hr and I just dont get it. I dont see the point or the hero or whatever I am so lost and dissapointed with this book. I even thought maybe its me and came back to this book and started over after listening to a different book but I just dont get it. I dont want to spoil the story or what I dont understand about the story because I hate reading spoilers in reviews but..... the 1 thing I do understand about this book is where the creatures originated from. But the point of the story after that is tedious and so lost in the details that I can not find it in myself to listen until the end (where i am sure it is all brought together).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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