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The Passage Audiobook
The Passage
Written by: 
Justin Cronin
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
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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    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 06-23-10
    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Innovative take on Vampires"

    Great apocalyptic tale, with vivid characters. Not your typical vampire story. Highly recommend. One complaint, I felt the narrator needed prozac! Same depressed tone the whole book through. Annoying at first, but definitely worth sticking through.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nan N. 06-23-10
    Nan N. 06-23-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disappointing"

    I was pulled in by the hype and the one credit deal. I'm only halfway through, but this looks like one of the few books I won't be finishing. The author is overly wordy and the plot is hard to follow. There's some good character development, but the story is lacking a heart. I can't believe Stephen King recommended it!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn 06-22-10
    JoAnn 06-22-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Not sure I can finish."

    This book may be good if I can stick with it. It takes way to long to get somewhere. Also, I really don't like Scott Brick's narration so my dislike may be more because of that. Still it would be a much better book if it were more concise.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Palestine , TX, USA 06-22-10
    Kelly Palestine , TX, USA 06-22-10
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    "Loved it!"

    Both beautiful and haunting. I love vampire books but this is so much more. Its a series of heart rending stories out of individual lives then they combined together in a perfect recipe. I wish I could only write something half as good as this!

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    Mike Herriman, UT, United States 06-22-10
    Mike Herriman, UT, United States 06-22-10
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    "Look forward to next one"

    Not your average vampire tale. Very interesting concept and with good characters and a compelling story. Thought the narration was easy to listen to.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 06-21-10
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 06-21-10
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    "I loved this book!"

    I loved the story, the characters, the whole thing and I loved that the writer was not in a hurry to get to the end. This is the first book in a long time that held my attention, made me laugh, sad and at times wanna cry with the story! I also liked the narrator. I am hard on narrators but I really did like this one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Indianapolis, IN, United States 06-21-10
    Valerie Indianapolis, IN, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"

    I don't normally read books like this but I could not put it down. I absolutely loved it. All readers were excellent!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Treasure Island, FL, USA 06-20-10
    Randall Treasure Island, FL, USA 06-20-10
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    "Slow Starter?"

    Only about 30% into it...but I'm not getting the hype. Maybe it picks up along the way...hope I can stay awake that long...

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    Willow St Louis, MO, United States 06-19-10
    Willow St Louis, MO, United States 06-19-10
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    "Too dark and depressing"

    I knew it was going to be dark when I started this book, but I thought, How bad could it really be ? Now I feel I have wasted 40 hours of my life. If this is your genre, if you enjoy no hope, no win, depressing stories, then dive right in. I need to get into another book asap so I can wipe this one out of my head.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 06-18-10
    Pam 06-18-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Vampires -- bleah!!"

    I did not realize from reading the description that this was a vampire book, and I stay away from those. I stopped listening after 10 hours, even though the story of the little girl was interesting me. I just couldn't cope with the foul descriptions of vomit, tastes of rancid meat in mouths, that was part of the story line.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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