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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 | [Justin Cronin]

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.
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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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    Jeff HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-30-12
    Jeff HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-30-12
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    "Good book, but a bit confusing at times"
    Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick does an amazing job narrating and Cronin is an excellent writer. Will check out the next book in the series when it's out and hope it doesn't jump around so much and leave so many empty holes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The development of the virals is great. The story jumps around quite a bit and is a bit hard to follow at times. Some people in the story are built up, then sort of vanish and you don't hear anything about them. Maybe to be picked back up in the next book? Who knows.


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

    Just as good as the first in the series.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    GeekMom Austin, TX 11-12-12
    GeekMom Austin, TX 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I so wanted to love this book . . ."

    Like so many others, I loved The Passage and was counting down the days until The Twelve was available on Audible. Sadly, the book did not live up to my expectations. All the compelling tension of the first book seemed to be missing from this one. The story had its moments, mostly in the second half, but characters that seemed so complex and 3-dimensional in The Passage felt flat. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, but I felt that he contributed to the slow pace of the novel this time. I ended up listening on 1.5X speed which helped move the book along. Will I take on the third book in the trilogy? Probably, but I hope Mr. Cronin listens to his critics.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Oxford, MI, United States 11-09-12
    Ken Oxford, MI, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow - Save your $$"
    What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

    The whole thing except for Scott Brick's narration.
    What a waste of time and money.


    What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrote it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Scott is always great!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boring and too wildly futuristic - way too much fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I spent the $$ - wish I could get a refund as I could not even finish the first section.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle 04-01-13
    Rachelle 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still an interesting story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    No, it's too long.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed The Passage, you'll enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 12-15-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Brilliant second installment"

    This book rates way up there with the best I've read. It's a terrific second installment. I too, like others have mentioned in reviews, struggled a bit with the first few chapters . I am so glad I stuck with it because it evolved into the amazing continuation of The Passage.
    It is a deep, complicated and huge story. I loved it and am thrilled that there will be yet another part to this amazing trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    richard Arlington, VA, United States 11-28-12
    richard Arlington, VA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boooooringggg."

    Compared to The Passage, a fresh and refreshing take on the vampire/living dead/viral/wolf thing that US readers have taken to devouring with their Big Mac and shakes, The Twelve is simply tedium.

    Mr Cronin would have done well to retain a good editor and to have condensed his "trilogy" to one volume.

    Mr Brick, a narrator of skill and accomplishment, must have thought that by sounding mystical and awed he might improve the job. He just sounds overwrought and ponderous. But at least he tried.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 11-12-12
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Really Segmented... not as good."

    POSSIBLE SPOILER: I really wanted the book to explore more of the scientific issue of the biological experiment, but it was all about the relationships that were developed in the first book. Don't get me wrong, they are important and are interesting, but I would have preferred a better mix. The book really felt segmented and somewhat hard to follow to me due to the back and forth between times and old then new characters. I re-read the first book just days before this one came out and it was still that way somewhat. I enjoyed following the journey of the first book on google earth, but this one doesn't allow much of that because the characters just appear at the destination in the next chapter. However, there were some turns in the plot I didn't expect and I will be getting the final book of the Trilogy. Narration was as good as the first one. Its slow enough that its easy to listen on double speed. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ida Springfield, MO, United States 11-08-12
    Ida Springfield, MO, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ran out of bread crumbs"

    I listened to the first book again to get 'up to speed' as far as remembering the fine points. Started The Twelve with perhaps a little too much anticipation and was ready to move forward with the story. I truly was confused pretty much right off the bat but kept the faith that it would all come together. I kept leaving bread crumbs so I could find my way back to some organized story line but ran out about 1/3 of the way through. There were so many incredible places this story could of gone but it seemed like it just expanded in so many different directions and with so many characters it was hard to keep it all together!

    I am a multi-listen person and often enjoy my audio books more the second time through and intend to listen again sometime. I hope that the third book has more of a unifying story line to it where there is fewer characters but more depth to their story.

    IMHO

    Peace

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-05-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Come to me..come to me..part 2."
    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of being an epic journey, near the top. Certainly this continues the journey started in "The Passage", both adding more detail, plot and complexities, as well rounding out characters and backfilling the story.


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

    The battle scenes are fascinating.


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

    He needs to cover alot of ground, and does a remarkable job in that regard. He is my favourite performer however, so I am naturally biased.


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

    The Journey


    Any additional comments?

    Part 2 of this sprawling series ( I believe it will be a trilogy ) is engrossing ( sometimes gross as well ) and both mystical , almost too much so for it's own good at times, and a wonderful addition to the genre. Most listeners will look me in looking forward to the final installment.

    Come to me!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy in the Jungle Currently, in Costa Rica 11-05-12
    Judy in the Jungle Currently, in Costa Rica 11-05-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Cronin's The Twelve"

    With The Twelve, Cronin has produced a dramatic sequel to The Passage, his novel of a dystopian future North America. Though marred by the same passive voice writing as The Passage (a style obviously ignored by editors who should have known better), The Twelve is as convincing a story as its predecessor. The canvas is broader, as is the cast of characters. The battles seem real and necessary, characters met in the first book grow and change along with their situations, learn from mistakes and develop as the story progresses. The author has created good heroes who sometimes win, sometimes lose, but they persevere as long at they can. Be prepared for some scenes not for the faint of heart and really loathsome villains, though all have plausible reasons for who and what they are.

    The often rather toneless narration by Scott Brick might tend to put some listeners to sleep, but usually the action counteracts that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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