We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Twelve: A Novel Audiobook

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.
Regular Price:$45.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (4448 )
5 star
 (2273)
4 star
 (1483)
3 star
 (493)
2 star
 (122)
1 star
 (77)
Overall
4.3 (3982 )
5 star
 (2047)
4 star
 (1244)
3 star
 (494)
2 star
 (122)
1 star
 (75)
Story
4.5 (3980 )
5 star
 (2478)
4 star
 (1125)
3 star
 (275)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (45)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Thor, goT 01-07-13
    Thor, goT 01-07-13 Member Since 2009

    A former globetrotting surf punk turned homeowner with ecclectic tastes. Classics, horror, crime, biographies or lectures? Yes please!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    110
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    201
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. Although I enjoyed "the Passage", as well, I think this book was a little tighter in terms of writing and story-telling. I think the writer struck a better balance between the "slices of life" character development stories and the continuity of the overall storyline in this installment.

    I was especially impressed with how the past and present story-lines tied together in order to give more depth to the motivations of the "adversaries". Cronin is very simply an excellent writer, so he brings life to material that could easily be one dimensional in the hands of another. I am very much looking forward to the next installment of this series, in addition to future projects he undertakes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    tn 01-03-13
    tn 01-03-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great sequel to The Passage"
    If you could sum up The Twelve: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Great. Nothing annoying about the narrations. Did a good job changing characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jimmy Oaks Atlanta, Ga 01-03-13
    Jimmy Oaks Atlanta, Ga 01-03-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    This is a great follow-on to the original novel. The characters were well developed in detail and tied back to the first novel. Not so much so that this book could not stand on its own though. Hopefully there will be a new novel soon that extends the adventure of Lish and Zero.Great read.....


    What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

    The Stand by Stephen King. Primarily because it is a play on good vs. evil and how humans react to that grand drama


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick was consistent and emotive in his narration. It really added to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The dark future man has wrought....something like that I suppose


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 01-03-13
    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just OK"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you haven't listen/read the first book, Prelude, don't get this one. It would be too confusing. While the first book was excellent, this was not. The story line was hard to follow at times and some of the material didn't make a lot of sense in light of the first book. I was excited to read this book but it didn't just stand up to the first book. It is Ok but not great.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    I will probably listen to the third book in the series.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he does good on the male voices, maybe not as good on the females. I often wish they had two readers for a book, one a male and the other a female. I like to listen while I am doing something else, like walking the dog or doing a hobby, you can't read.


    Was The Twelve: A Novel worth the listening time?

    Not overly, but it is fine, the first book definitely is worth it, hopefully the third book in the series will be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    alan rising fawn, GA, United States 12-31-12
    alan rising fawn, GA, United States 12-31-12 Listener Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the twellve"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes i would it keep you going


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

    whan amy change


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

    yes passage


    If you could rename The Twelve: A Novel, what would you call it?

    no i would not


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Beth Cochran CA 12-29-12
    Beth Cochran CA 12-29-12 Member Since 2012

    beffie48

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I love this book and I love Scott Brick!"

    I'm still not sure if I love this book because the story is so great or if I just love to listen to Scott Brick read. I think I could listen to almost anything he read. Love Him!

    A long time had passed since I read the first book and I found it a little hard to remember all the characters, places and events and I really didn't want to read "The Passage" all over again. I resorted to Wikipedia to get some of my questions answered. It really helped.

    I think I liked this book better than the first. I really enjoyed the story, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RLH 12-27-12
    RLH 12-27-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    219
    54
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Strong follow-up to The Passage"

    A compelling mix of back stories from the first novel interwoven into the present/ongoing narrative.Cronin proves admirably that there is more story left to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jay Silverton, OR, United States 12-22-12
    Jay Silverton, OR, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Turn ons??? 1) Obedience 2) Respect 3) Learning to please Master. Master does not do turn offs. He guides and trains His little stooges past what does not please Master.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    56
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great sequel to The Passage"
    What did you love best about The Twelve: A Novel?

    The story and characters were great. I found myself really looking forward to getting back to work so I could listen to more of this tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Jaxon but Wolgast is right there behind him


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Very well done. I would listen to other books he's narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think I could stay up that long. It's a very long book (which I appreciate).


    Any additional comments?

    I hope somebody gets a clue in Holywood and turns this into a movie. The vampire action is great and the story is compelling. It's not just action driven there's a story in there with real heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KK Washington, DC 12-20-12
    KK Washington, DC 12-20-12

    KK

    HELPFUL VOTES
    118
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Confused"

    My impressions of this book are...mixed, much like my feelings for it's predecessor, The Passage. The Passage was long and uneven. It was basically two books melded into one. When I saw that this book was half the page count, I was hopeful that Cronin had figured out how to be more succinct than he was in his previous effort, but instead, it felt like he just eliminated whole chapters. Necessary chapters.

    I spent a good chunk of the book feeling confused. Like I missed something. Listening to it on audiobook, I began to wonder if I'd accidentally fast forwarded through some relevant chapters. But no, Cronin just didn't feel the need to elaborate, only elude to certain things. Big things that left you wondering.

    This book went in a completely different direction than expected from the ending of the first. All of the characters from the first book are scattered to the wind, but there is no real explanation as to how or why or what has happened to them in the interim. He just starts the book as if there is an expectation that you already know what happened. And then he brings them all back together and it's like, "Wait, what?" But you just have to go with it and pretend like you get it because he's not going to explain it for you.

    He also introduces a whole host of new characters and then does something with some of them and nothing at all with the rest of them. First, they are there and then, he moves onto something else and never mentions them again. Presumably, this will all be fleshed out in the final installment of the series (I assume), but it's just a really, really bizarre way to write a trilogy.

    The story overall was okay. I really waffled between giving this two stars and three. In the end, I decided on three because it wasn't awful, but because of all of the switching back in time and between characters and with the utter lack of explanation, it was just confusing.

    Despite it all, I'll probably read the last book. Just to see what happens to Amy and Peter. He left them in a really weird spot and I'm curious how it will end. But I have the distinct impression that when it's all said and done, I will think that this series has been vastly overrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robin Byers TEXAS 12-20-12
    Robin Byers TEXAS 12-20-12 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself! Mystery and Sci-fi/fact reader. Audio books read to me while I'm driving or if I'm sick and can't read. Love to be entertained.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    117
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Virals....get ready"
    If you could sum up The Twelve: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    A struggle for the survival of the human race.


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

    The gathering of the 11 was so vivid. what an image to try and sleep with. Couldn't read this book at bed time. Sleep was long delayed... to finish the book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The closing scene was my favorite. inspired. No spoiler here.


    If you could rename The Twelve: A Novel, what would you call it?

    Becoming


    Any additional comments?

    who can you trust? are you ever sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.