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)
The Twelve os one the best, most wonderfully emotional stories I've read. Cronin's amazing talent bringing the reader inside the story and Brick's wonderfully read narrative make this book a great read for anyone!
It's a good story overall and the narration was great. A concentrated effort is suggested as there are many characters at various times and locations to keep track of. In the end it all comes together well.
I get all the post apocalyptic stuff, but I find it difficult to get any real sense of just what is left of the world outside the bubble that is focused round the main characters. But I have to admit, he does a masterful job of developing those characters ....except his habit of killing them off just as you are getting to know them!
This is another very long book, but so worth the time. I grew so attached to his characters, and completely immersed in this crazy new world, I didn't want the story to end. Great narration, again. As in the first book, I found myself sometimes wondering "what does this have to do with anything?" only to realize hours (chapters) later that it was indeed important. Just fantastic. Can't wait for #3!
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.
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