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The Passage Audiobook

The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
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Publisher's Summary

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” (Stephen King)

“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bona fide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad)

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    Alberto Thiene, Italy 11-03-10
    Alberto Thiene, Italy 11-03-10

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The most boring audiobook ever recorded"

    Cross my heart, I tried my best with this book. Notwithstanding many poor reviews, I spent 2 of my precious credits on it, and started building castles in the air about a trilogy. What a thrilling horizon: over 100 hours of post-apocalyptic vampire saga on the tracks of King's legendary "The Stand"! I could not ask for more, nor could I obtain less. I've reached part 5 and I must say, much to my dismay, that the plot is so slow that I've been using it as a sleeping-aid for weeks now. It is also one of the least thrilling books I've ever stumbled upon. Hundreds of useless characters and insignificant details on their private lives. For the first time in my life I wished I bought an abridged version. Take my word, do not buy this audiobook.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-14-10
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-14-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Not average vampires"

    First, I hate vampire books, second I don't like the emotive Scott Brick. But third this book is not all that bad. It sure held my attention, and I really liked the first half of the book, before Dark Night. Before Dark Night the book was a bit disjointed bringing several stories together to meet and make sense. I could not stop listening to that part of the book and liked several of the characters. The book picks up about 93 years after Dark Night with new characters and a new story. This one I did not like as much but is still a good story. These sticks, viruses, dracs are sometimes called vampires but are just people that have gotten sick and been changed. Virals is the best name for them, and folks cluster together to avoid being killed by them. All in all it is a fantasy and if you can get into it I think you will enjoy it. At almost 37 hours I admit I was a bit tired of it all at the end but still rate it four stars, and think you should get this before it goes to two credits, as it surely will.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 06-30-10
    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2016

    It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!

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    "I hate to complain about any book, but!"

    This book had me telling people about this wonderful book with interesting people in it that were caught up in some engrossing stories. But then it happend! The book shot ahead 100 years and a new book started! No kidding, it seemed to me it was written by a different author as well. It went from great to something that did little to interest me. It went from interesting to drawn out. It pains me to say anything bad about a book because just because I don't like something doesn't mean you wont unless we have the same taste but I feel the need to point out what I see as a problem in this book!

    68 of 88 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Rossville, GA, USA 06-18-10
    Alicia Rossville, GA, USA 06-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "I knew it wouldn't - IT COULDN'T stay at 1 credit!"

    This is the first time that I've written a review after being with audible since 2004 or so, but I had to because this book is simply breathtaking. 3 reasons come to mind:
    1. It is epic in scope, spanning over a century in its development,
    2. The characterization combined with the apocalyptic setting put you there asking not only, "what would I do" but also, "What am I capable of enduring".
    3. 30+ hours of phenomenal literature for 1 measly credit! Like I said in the title, I knew the 1 credit charge wouldn't - COULDN'T last!

    This one is absolutely worth it, even for 2 credits!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo 02-25-16
    Tilo 02-25-16 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Like expensive wine"

    You thought you knew what wine was until you tried the expensive stuff. This is the expensive stuff of zombie genre books. Except its actually cheap considering its length, its a box wine!

    This epic tales starts off long before the outbreak and continues long, long afterwards to when modern civilization and its technology is almost an old fairy tale. Unlike zombies, these vamps are super charged, but we don't deal with them in the millions like we would zombies. Usually just a handful. There seems to be something super natural going on, but mostly the vampires just plant nasty suggestive thoughts vis a vis dreams.

    Narration was terrific, although sometimes the female voices would come out with a croak..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C.Dale 07-15-10
    C.Dale 07-15-10
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    "Could not put it down."

    Enthralling from beginning to end. Although I confess I'm a few hours away from the end right now. One of the most captivating books I've read in quite a while.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 07-14-10
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 07-14-10
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    "It's a Feast!"

    This is one of the best books I've read in years. I hate to say it, but if you liked "The Stand" from Stephen King, you'll love this one. Very good character developement, lots of mystery, some horror, some sci-fi, drama, you name it. Very long story - very good!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 07-13-10
    Tracy 07-13-10 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "The Passage-don't pass it up!"

    Do not be put off reviews stating the book changed in the middle. This book is over 40 hours in length, many authors would have us wait months or years for the continuing novel or novels and another $30-$40 dollars to conclude. Yes, most of the characters changed, but the direction of the novel did not, the story had to continue to move forward. Had the novel stayed in the time period where it was, it would have had to end. The conclusion of this novel was very well done, won't say anymore. On the narration, it seems as though Mr. Brick is trying too hard often over exagerating the words, even at times sounding as if he is singing some of the words. Read naturally Mr. Brick. To authors, because someone is popular does not mean they are a good choice for the narration of your fantastic novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce E McBride 06-15-10
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    "Not quite finished yet"

    I read the 9 reviews to see what others had to say and thought there was something missing...This is a good book if you enjoy end of times genre...it is similar to Stephen King's The Stand, Niven's Lucifer's Hammer and Forstchen's One Second After...there is an event that causes the world as we currently know it to be dramatically altered. The 'event' is a bit ambigious...Cronin seems to be tying up loose ends...I am 1/2 way through part 4...so I still have hope it will all make sense...in my mind it can best be described as an "artsy" version of The Stand...but I dont seem to be as involved or intrigued by the characters...it also seems less believable...as silly as that sounds if you have read/listened to the titles I listed in comparison...I would buy this book again knowing what I do now...and I will listen to it again...it wont be in my top 5...but I have no reservations recommending it to someone who likes the genre

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 05-11-12
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "After 25 hours, nothing had happened so I gave up"
    Any additional comments?

    The book has been compared to The Stand. It's not in the same league. It is about a viral apocalypse that kills most people and leaves a few survivors holding out against rabid vampires. This scenario is set up plausibly but it is shockingly boring boring boring.

    The first part is slightly compelling as the background is set up, although the author is too long-winded with descriptions and inner monologues that never pay off. He's simply not good at creating differentiated characters.

    Then there's the second big setting where a large community hides in a fortress against "the virals." It's hour after hour of nothing but not very intriguing descriptions of political alliances and love triangles among the residents.

    There are a few skirmishes with the virals but they're not tension-filled. And the computer hacking 90 years after the end of civilization is preposterous.

    The last thing I would say is that I might've given the book two stars because I could see how maybe fantasy fans might like some of it, but the book costs two credits! There are longer (and better!) books available for a single credit, such as The Pillars of the Earth. I can't imagine anyone finding this book worth two credits, all of the positive reviews notwithstanding...

    P.S. The narrator is fine, perhaps a bit slow or maybe that was my desire for action to happen.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful

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