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...
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
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)
This one will take some time to re-read in print form to get the full impact. But Scott Brick gives his customary excellent performance and this is a great story. Looking forward to "The City of Mirrors" when it is published.
I listened to and enjoyed The Passage. The sequel started out with a bunch of pseudo-religious garbage read in exactly the sort of sing song voice you would expect for such nonsense.
Admittedly, I'm not a huge sic-fi fan, but I did enjoy The Passage. I certainly won't continue with either this author or reader.
My favorites are Simon Vance and Simon Preeble (sp?), but I generally enjoy the readers on audible. Not this one.
I would have thrown the whole thing in waste basket after reading the first chapter.
I know it is unfair to write such a negative review after listening to only a half hour or so, but I asked for my credit back on this one.
The first book was very interesting but this one I didn't get the timeline right away and it turned into an unimaginative religious thing I didn't like. I lost interest and never finished it.
Justin Cronin should have more respect for me as a reader. The Passage was my favorite books this year, at least up until Alicia joins the army and Cronin stops writing and starts summarizing and loses his plot. It seems he never found that plot in the second book. I lasted five chapters and decided to stop. My time is precious.
Not write it at all and save the forest. The Passage is a stand alone book. Cronin should have developed the mirrors idea in the last half, as it seemed to be a most crucial plot point. He should have closed the story at the end, and have the virals defeated by the use of mirrors. Trilogies are financially clever, but artistically useless with most stories.
Just read the story, Scott. Give up the constant dramatic tremble. Otherwise, your voice is good and I felt sorry for you, having to read 700 pages of this and trying to give it a meaning.
N/A. Read five chapters and couldn't find the soul in any of the characters.
No more trilogies. If you need more than one book, the story is too long.
Loved the story, but Scott Brick is a very mannered narrator. I hate to say it but his narration detracted from an otherwise great story.
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Latisha - she was one bad character, always up to something. Always a behind the lines leader.
He keep the audio moving, easily distinguished between the multitude of characters. This was a very interesting audio. I could have listened to it for 100 hours. Never wanted it to end.
It made you wonder what in the world could possibly happen next. There seemed to be a new adventure in each paragraph. It might not be an audio for just everyone however the majority would find it intriguing.
I can't wait to read the next adventure and see where Lish ends up. Probably Presdient of the new world order.
This portion of the review is copied from the reivew of the first book in the series.
The Twelve is the second in The Passage Trilogy (3rd yet to be released) and is simply one of the best series out there. The story is complex and fascinating. These are not uncomplicated people spouting action movie dialogue. They are in-depth characters with view points and character flaws. The world, both before and after the disaster are given real life with descriptions that are wonderfully written.
I had no trouble at all with the shifting narrative that some of the reviewers have such an issue with. It was well done and not all that uncommon for books that span a long period of time and tell many different stories that weave together. I think it works so much better than trying to force the story into either a dispassionate viewpoint or one character trying to account for everything.
This part is specific to The Twelve.
I think I like the Twelve even better than The Passage simply because you get to know the background and lives of some of interesting characters introduced in the first book. You also get to see what other parts of the country were doing while Peter and his people were living a completely different existence behind the Walls.
The characters you knew from the first book are not forgotten, and their stories are all combined and woven together in a believable and amazing way. I wont give any spoilers, but if you liked the first book, you are going to enjoy this one even more.
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Very good book. Not the best audiobook but certainly a damn good book
I like all the characters
Nothing. He doesn't do different voices or add any drama too the story. However, I enjoy his reading. I like his voice
Grey. I think that's how you spell it. I remember him after so long because of what happens to him
Great book. Not what I was expecting after the passage but very good. Can't wait for the city of mirrors.
I almost didn't finish The Passage, as I was torn out of the narrative after the big event in the middle of the book (I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not read it yet!). In The Twelve, Cronin does a nice job of elaborating on aspects and characters from the previous novel, and spinning a narrative that keeps the reader engrossed for almost the entire length of this very, very long book. Overall, it feels more coherent and concentrated than the previous novel, with more profound character development. The narrator is excellent once more.
Yes. It can occupy your 30-ish hours.
Yes. To wait for last (third) part to come out, so that I can finally see how it ends.
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