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)
I know that post-modern discourse has a tendency to decentralize notions of a linear plot but do we really have to throw plot points in a blender and see what comes out? I was able to put that aside for a while. I told myself that I could expect the next chapter to be something completely different and have no ties to the last one. Once I accepted this then I settled back and waited for some viral but kicking to happen. The thing that lost me and made me not care at all how it ended boiled down to one simple thing and really had nothing to do with the previous issues.
I wish I had known that there were misogynistic, demoralizing scenes of the rape and torture of women. Then I could have known not to bother. I should say that the scene I am thinking about in particular is not extremely long, it just left me very disapointed. I cannot believe Mr. Cronin has been quoted as saying that the idea for the Passage came from his young daughter.
I'm not sure. I think the book is wonderful, and the series is wonderful, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I've laughed and cried while listening to the book. That said, I'm not sure that anyone I know would love this book the same way I did, given that it's pretty long, and pretty slow.
Well, I appreciate that the same narrator is being used book to book. But I don't really enjoy Brick's narration of this particular book.
I don't always love Scott Brick; I'm sure he's a super guy, but he's so... breathy and has this lazy drawl thing going on, which I find incredibly off-putting. I've recommended a few other audiobooks he's narrated, only to hear "I couldn't even sit through half an hour of that droning voice!"
I don't know, sometimes, he's perfect for the story ("Word of Honor" and "The Company: A Novel of the CIA") but other times, he's just... not. This is one of the "not" books.
No, it's too long.
If you enjoyed The Passage, you'll enjoy this.
The reason I did not like this one as much as it was harder to follow the different time periods before and after AV. To many places and names to keep track of. But all in all it was a good listen and the narrator is absolutely great. I thought it ended well too.
Found the book to be very entertaining but felt like the plot-lines were forced to meet, not very organic.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
I am not sure about the ending... I am left a bit confused. Is their more? But up until the very end I was completely engrossed in the book. The narrator was perfect and his inflections greatly moved the story along. If you listened to the first book, you must hear the second.
As the follow-up to The Passage, we were very disappointed in this book. It was difficult to follow the time, characters and places. The reader didn't help matters as the same voice was used throughout the book. We listened to this on a long auto trip and basically kept hoping it would improve. I am not sure if we will read the 3rd installment upon it's completion.
Would and have! The beginning was a little slow but managed to bridge a long gap of time between the first and second books. Once you get past that though, Cronin does another masterful job of bringing you into a world that exists in and of itself. I was entirely consumed and equally disappointed when I found myself arriving at the office and having to pause it until the ride home!
This trilogy had me from the get go. Number two did not disappoint. I can't wait to read the third!
I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)
I loved The Passage and was really looking forward to this sequel. I guess when you write such a great book; the bar is set very high. Perhaps if I had not read the first book I would have liked it more. But I found myself comparing the two books and I was very disappointed.
It was just too hard to follow what was going on in an audible format. This is a time when I needed a hard copy. And towards the end I was thinking..."Will this never end?"
He is a good performer.
Nope. I wouldn't go see it. But I would love to see The Passage.
Where I don't recommend it, I didn't hate it. It was OK, but way too long.
Good narration. Story started slow but picked up. If you enjoyed the first book you should read this one.
Their were really too many to pick one-it was nice in the first half that he finished and filled some of the character stories of the first book but then kind of dropped them again leaving you to imagine what may have happened-and then when you assume someone from earlier was dead, they suddenly reappear...
All-not a lot of voicing.
Amy's becoming and relationship with Wahlgast..., the rest of Anthony's story, and Lila's final re-ravelling...Trying not to give too much away.
Long book-like the last one but it was good. Hope the next one comes out before I forget this one-lots of details.
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