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The Passage Audiobook

The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

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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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    OctoberLace San Antonio, TX USA 07-11-10
    OctoberLace San Antonio, TX USA 07-11-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Really bad - I agree!"

    Read Mike's "Really Bad" review from July 9th, which totally captures my impression of this book. I finally finished it today and immediately called my sister to tell her to put it on her "Do not read" list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Peoria, IL, USA 07-11-10
    Joe Peoria, IL, USA 07-11-10
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    "An Epic Novel"

    Well written novel but sometimes it dragged. Overall,a good soummer read (or listen). Ending is somewhat disappointing though.

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    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 07-11-10
    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 07-11-10
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    "the first half was good"

    the story is in third person and has a very engaging start, characters are well drawn and the story moves apace. The second half degenerates into the same post- apocalyptic para- military society crapola that has been done to death. I simply cannot relate to characters who regard a cache of guns with holy reverence. Might as well let the creepies have all the people if thats the best they can do. I didnt make it all the way though and I won't ever listen again

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 07-10-10
    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 07-10-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk"

    More is not better...this book would have been better at half the length. Endless descriptions that had me yelling at the stereo to move the story along. And, despite all the words, I never grew to care about the characters. Two-and-a-half stars for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James perkasie, PA, United States 07-10-10
    James perkasie, PA, United States 07-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "The Passage - awesome read"

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The book is a combination of epic fantasy, scifi, and horror.

    Great book, recommend for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Mystic, CT, USA 07-10-10
    Dan Mystic, CT, USA 07-10-10
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    "Enjoyed it"

    I really enjoyed the book. I was a bit dissapointed with the ending - there wasn't one! This could also be a postive becasue it suggests a sequel.

    At times while listening, I felt that the discriptions were aq little two long and were not always necessary; thus this book could easily be shorter. Only after I finised did I realize it there is also an abridged version.

    Personally I am glad that I listed to the unabridged version, but if you have a short attention span, which it appears some of the people who wrote negative reviews do, the abridged version might be better for you.

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    07-10-10
    07-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Lacking"

    Great build up for a story that sadly doesn't deliver despite it's length. The author lost his way - what could have been one of the great end of the world stories in the same league as The Stand fizzles out and ends with a whimper.
    I persevered to the end but really the last 6 hours are a lesson in how a book of this length can go horribly wrong if the author doesn't have a clear framework for their story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tak-Ying Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-10-10
    Tak-Ying Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-10-10 Listener Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!Woof, woof woof ( I love audible, chasin and killin defenseless kittens and eatin em...yummy ). I luv dem thriller stories, and dream of J.D. Robb & yours truly doggy style, howl! Anyway, I is jus kiddin bout the kitties with peace, good health and lots of happy readin y'all!

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    "Justin Cronin, you are no Shakespeare!"

    A note not only to Justin, but to all authors listening: ENOUGH with all those opening chapter Shakespeare quotes. Or, is this the modern authors way of having to thank Jesus like a prize fighter speaking into the microphone after each victory. This may be the one book where the abridged version is probably the way to go. It's long, tedious, difficult to follow, bland in regard to character development and did I mention long. I further agree with my peer reviewer commenting on the rediculousness of our mysterious gal Amy's blabbering of a telephones book worth of last names near the end of the book(and yes, this book does finally end), but was admittedly disappointed that my last name Sheffield was overlooked.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Zooomer 07-09-10
    Zooomer 07-09-10

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    "Slow going but enjoyable"

    The story is interesting (in spite of a rather laconic reading by Scott Brick whom I didn't care for), but much like Steven King, Justin Cronin has a penchant for long exposition about very little. I fast forwarded through many parts of the book and wished I had bought the abridged version. It seems that the author plans a sequel (or two), as the story doesn't reach a real conclusion. Many, many people die during the course of this novel, so be prepared for all manner of death and destruction. But it is a horror novel after all.

    The apocalyptic second half was interesting to me as I like to see how people survive in dire and primitive circumstances while still having access to (some) modern devices. But it would have been so much better if about 2/3 the length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee weymouth, MA, United States 07-09-10
    Dee weymouth, MA, United States 07-09-10
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    "WOW!"

    This is only the 2nd time I've written a review out of hundreds of books I've listened to. Get this book, if you have any hesitation at all. Engrossing, mysterious, romantic, thrilling, cant-put-down/shut off audiobook. Don't let the "vampire story" mentioned in other reviews misguide you because it is not that kind of story. Nothing like other books such as the "Twilight" series, but yes there are beings that have supernatural abilities and similarities to vampires in this story. You'll be gripped, no question about it. Also, when I saw that Scott Brick was the narrator, I thought to myself "how much of Scott can I handle?" because, after all, it is a 5-part audiobook. I do like him in other audiobooks but I thought this was going to be a bit too much. Fortunately, the plot carries him just fine and I found myself LISTENING TO THE STORY as opposed to just his voice. I was waiting to see what would happen next. Do yourself a favor and download, sit back, and listen to THE PASSAGE. You wont be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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