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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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    Amazon Customer 01-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    I have never written a review before, but after listening to the Passage I felt that I had to. I was worried because it was so long, but It has held My interest every minute. The story evolves to a point where you think you know the characters personally. I actually cried towards the end ( I don't usually do this.) It is not a sad story but it just takes over your mind as you are listening, I hope to listen to another Justin Cronin book soon.

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    D Wood Chicago, IL United States 01-18-11
    D Wood Chicago, IL United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2014

    Something about myself!

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    "Solid"

    This is my first review of an audiobook, it is a strange sort of beast. Anyway:
    This is a solidly written work with excellent narration. I'm certainly no audiobook expert, but I've listened to a few, my favorites being the "Daemon" books, and the narration here was every bit as good as those, which I thought were done extremely well.
    The story is a good one that trips along at a nice clip, but toward the end, when the book referenced early portions of the story, I couldn't believe how far in the past they felt. I mean that as high praise.
    If you like "speculative fiction" tropes, you'll like this book, and find yourself grinning as certain ones are checked off, but it is at its core a story about people in tough spots and how they react to each other and learn about themselves.
    This book was sort of blindly recommended to me by the wife of an acquaintance at a cocktail party when she heard I was sick of reading non-fiction. I am very glad I took the plunge, and now blindly recommend it to you.

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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 01-14-11
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 01-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Voluptuous and Incredible Fiction"

    This is an absolutely incredible novel. If you take The Strain and The Warded Man and a healthy dash of Ken Follett, you will have the Passage.

    It is hard to conceive of a novel which can span so many genres with such success. The end of the world viral vampires book was enthralling enough (first part). The much shorter bridge with the tale of Ida was a little disconcerting. Then it picked up again with a post-Apocalyptic tale set somewhere in dusty (but not coastal) California. as the survivors attempt to make their way back to ground zero. It's absolutely brilliant.

    If life as we knew it were wiped out in a fairly short span of time, what would the survivors look like in 100 years? That's one of the questions which this book looks at and answers in a marvelous way.

    And miraculously, Justin Cronin manages to weave the threads between the two worlds by bringing back Amy, the 100-year old girl who was a sad and pathetic part of the Army experiment gone awry in Ground Zero.. It's an unbelievable book. The characters are well-developed, and Cronin is not afraid to kill important people if and when the plot needs it.

    I normally find Scott Brick a bit evangelical in his narration, but it works here. He's a great choice for this book.

    This is definitely a book which needs to be re-read / re-listened to almost immediately.

    Yes, it's a vampire novel, but it's also so much more. And it's the first of a trilogy. My beating heart, be still.

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 01-13-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 01-13-11
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    "good but long"

    it's a novel about survival, about what happens after the end of the world, about vampires in a non-fictional world. in this story, vampires arent hiding among us, because they can't. they lose their mind and become beasts. Very dark. Not for children or romantic. Good book but a bit long.

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    Kimberly Seaford, DE, United States 12-22-10
    Kimberly Seaford, DE, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2013
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    "I want more!"

    This book was awesome. I always look for long books, and I'm always sad when the story is over. This was a great book and it left me wanting more of the same! I thought the narrator did a great job!

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    Judy Griffith Gill British Columbia, Canada 12-15-10
    Judy Griffith Gill British Columbia, Canada 12-15-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "Justin Cronin's book grabbed me and held me rapt."

    In "The Passage" I found a story so multi-layered, so complex, and so beautifully presented I could not quit listening. I was at once captivated, frightened, and uplifted. The characters all felt real, fully formed, beautifully limned. Cronin has become a must-read author for me.

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    Ted Molis 12-13-10
    Ted Molis 12-13-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing story, can't wait for more!"

    This is really two books in one. The first part is interesting but a little slow. The second part though far and away makes up for any slowness of the first. I was addicted to this book! I had my itouch stolen and had to run out and immediately buy another one so I could continue listening to this on my commute! A month after finishing the book, I still find myself thinking about the characters - not something I normally find myself doing. It's a must read if you're into post-apocalyptic fiction.

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    Nikki Bismarck, ND, United States 11-05-10
    Nikki Bismarck, ND, United States 11-05-10
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    "Fantastic"

    I loved this book!! I listen to alot of post-apoc, zombie and vampire books...this was the best by far. The story drew you in and hope there is a seq.

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    Cory Winona, MN, United States 10-28-10
    Cory Winona, MN, United States 10-28-10
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    "Great Book for the Money"

    I bought this book just to listen to something different. This book was certainly unusual. One problem I have with the book is how much it tends to jump around, especially after the first part of the book. I was also a little disappointed with the ending. I'm hoping the author writes another book to tie up the loose ends. On the positive, you get 40 hours of listening for just a credit or two.

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    Douglas Cordova, TN, United States 10-26-10
    Douglas Cordova, TN, United States 10-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this book, can't wait for the follow-up."

    Loved this book, can't wait for the follow-up. Not a vampire in love scenario, so if you want that go elsewhere.

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