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The Twelve: A Novel Audiobook

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

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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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    Natalie 12-23-13
    Natalie 12-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than The Passage"

    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.

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    iilicin Ontario, Canada 09-01-13
    iilicin Ontario, Canada 09-01-13
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    "Too Long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It can occupy your 30-ish hours.


    Did The Twelve: A Novel inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. To wait for last (third) part to come out, so that I can finally see how it ends.


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    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 08-28-13
    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 08-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Sci-fi, space opera, dark apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, historical fiction and ccasional main-stream thriller

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    "Book 2 - Another Masterpiece!"

    Absolutely fantastic continuation of the Passage. The best post-apocalyptic books ever. I cannot wait for book 3.

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    ssth 08-15-13
    ssth 08-15-13
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    "A review of The Passage and The Twelve"
    If you could sum up The Twelve: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Intriguing, Fresh


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

    Loved the Passage, part one of this series, so was excited when The Twelve was released. Anxiously awaiting the third installment to this series.Justin Cronin does an excellent job of keeping the reader's interest with a well-thought-out and intriguing storyline. I am not much of a traditional vampire book follower but this series has a fresh and new take on the vampire theme. I also enjoyed The Host by Stephenie Meyer, as it also took on a well used theme (aliens inhabiting other species) but in a novel way. (I am not interested in her Twilight series.)


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

    I have listened to Scott Brick read several of Nelson Demille's books, including The Charm School, The General Daughter, his John Corey series. I thoroughly enjoyed his reading of The Passage and The Twelve.


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

    Absolutely, both of the them.


    Any additional comments?

    If a story about vampires turns you off, this story is not Dracula (which is a great classic), nor Twilight series, nor even the Sookie Stackhouse variety of vampires. This is a new fresh take on the genre. The amount of drama and build up to tense and frightening moments was well written and kept me coming back to listen to what would happen next.
    Mr. Cronin wants you to know his characters and his development of them as people doesn't leave you lacking.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this series.

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    lorri 07-26-13
    lorri 07-26-13
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    "Harry Potter for Grownups"
    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books. It is complicated, surprising, thought provoking and entertaining. Not far fetched to where you can't see it actually happening. No one is safe. I hated the Twilight books. This one brings the true original terror of the vampire myth to life in present day...what if????


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    Scott Simons Central Ca. 07-25-13
    Scott Simons Central Ca. 07-25-13 Member Since 2008

    Scott S.

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    "Be patient, it takes it's time getting there."

    I have to admit, I had initially given up on this book before coming back and trying again. Expecting this book to start off where the first book left off, I was initially confused when this book starts off back in modern times, and begins jumping around from place to place with characters that had not been introduced to the story before. I began to wonder if this book was going to begin a totally new story separate from the one in the first book, and not involving any of the previous book's characters, and decided to shelve it for awhile and listen to another book.

    I eventually returned to “The Twelve”, and it appears I gave up just as the story was beginning to take shape. On my second attempt to listen, I found myself quickly falling into the story and it’s new characters, an ex-military loner, a secret service agent, a doctor left behind by her husband, and a teenager, her brother, and a slow man who drove their school bus. One character, Grey, had a small part in the last book as a janitor in the facility that housed the virals. The story begins to take shape as the new cast of characters attempt to flee their homes at the begging of the plague.

    Eventually the story switches back to the future, and some of the old characters you grew to love in the first book begin to re-emerge, with Peter once again as the focal point. The story begins to take shape from there, and you start to see the reason for the additional characters added at the beginning of the book. All the characters from the first book, including Amy, slowly gather together to once again fight the twelve viral leaders.

    In the end I enjoyed the book very much, although there were a few things that could have been better. The beginning of the book was jumbled and confusing. On the other hand, I suppose I could have been a little more patient while the story developed. The book spent a lot of time on the teenaged girl who traveled with her brother, their school bus driver, and a ex-military loner, and eventually they’re introduction went no where. Perhaps they will show up in the next volume of the series, but it seemed to be a waisted investment in characters. The narrator is a little dry, and it takes a while to get used to him as well, adding to the difficulty with the books beginning. Also, while the last book ended with a cliff hanger, this book offers few details about what happened during the viral attack on the Texas colony Roswell, or how the characters got scattered all over the place. Or how Amy and Peter end up in Texas themselves for that matter.

    Overall though, this was a pretty good middle book in the series, and I look forward to the next installment.

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    Shari United States 07-20-13
    Shari United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Scott Brick is a Master Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    This was a great continuation of The Passage trilogy. Justin Cronin has created an epic adventure with memorable characters and a gripping story.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick could not have done a better job. His characters were dead on with my image of them and his performance was flawless. I know the third installment of this trilogy is not due but I'm on here tonight looking for more Scott Brick books.


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

    Mr. Cronin's titles are pretty simple and that's the way it should be. Anything I would come up with would be too corny for this brilliant work.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I mention that I liked it?

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    Amazon Customer 07-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.

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    "Still the most innovative take in vampire lit"
    Any additional comments?

    Still doesn't feel quite right calling this a vampire series (even though that's what it is). The narrative voice is so different - like a biblical retelling. Ranks as one of the top 10 most memorable fantasy / sci-fi books I've ever read ... though I can't say I LOVED but book ... I really really admire it. The execution is fantastic. The world strange, dark and compelling - feels truly alien even though it's still Earth. The Twelve really opens up narrative - looking forward to the last in the trilogy.

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    tim booth 06-29-13
    tim booth 06-29-13
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    "Pretty compulsive"
    Would you listen to The Twelve: A Novel again? Why?

    No, I hardly ever do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It grips . The characterizations pulled me in .


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Hammy pre-war Shakespearean sing song delivery . Appalling.


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

    All the characterizations work for me in this genre


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    David United States 06-27-13
    David United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2013

    I like intelligent well written science fiction with flawed or developed characters, Frank Herbert, Frederick Pohl, and Alaistar Reynolds.

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    "Better than the first novel."
    What did you love best about The Twelve: A Novel?

    That it was an improvement from the original. I did not care for the original because it was full of useless banter with unessential characters.I almost was not going to get the second book but felt compelled to continue the story. The book was still long but the action was better, and the conversations was tied to the story while the first book did not do a good job in regards to tying the pointless conversations into the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Amy's father.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He seems to have gotten better with his diversification and repertoire of voices.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the next book continues with improvements.

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