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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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    Monica Rubright 07-30-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspenseful"

    This book was a chance that I took. I have several authors that I normally listen to, but my friend recommended this book. It has been the best book I have listened to in a long time!! The world changes right before your eyes and leaves you thinking, "Could this happen?" I recommend this for those who like a bit of military, with a bit of detective work, and sci-fi all rolled into one!!

    Totally loved it!!!

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    Sherri Columbus, OH, United States 07-29-10
    Sherri Columbus, OH, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome Story"

    Great character development, excellent pacing, ruthlessly bleak. If the Stand and the Strain had a baby, it would be this book. Perfect for summer, can't wait for the next installment.

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    Cheryl Dumais Calgary, AB Canada 07-29-10
    Cheryl Dumais Calgary, AB Canada 07-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A rollercoaster ride"

    This novel was very long and there were times when I wanted to quit on it but in the end I perservered and was glad that I did. As others have mentioned it was something like The Stand which I loved but it goes beyond that story with what is clearly going to be at least a trilogy and could easily be 12 novels if he so chooses. It is a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and is not predictable which for me was sometimes frustrating but if you want suspense and are patient read it. If you want a safe predictible read this is not the book for you. This story is not what I would call a happliy ever after story. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out on and off. Having said that it is a story of the human fight for survival and at times they win, but not always.

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    Kfcarter Graham, WA 07-29-10
    Kfcarter Graham, WA 07-29-10 Member Since 2002

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    "LOVED this book"

    I really loved this book. It reads like a history book about a country's downfall and how the people survived and hopefully, will rise again. I also felt the narrators did a great job. I cannot wait until the second book comes out - I just wish it wasn't going to be a 2 year wait.

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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 07-29-10
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 07-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I really tried"

    Okay. Being a big Stephen King fan, I thought this book must be good, given his blurb about it. Maybe the book is good. I couldn't get through it. After 14 hours of listening, I kept wondering, "What's the point?" I enjoyed the first part of the book, but then it just kept plodding on and on and on. I know many readers/listeners enjoyed the book. I just couldn't bear to finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 07-27-10
    Stephanie 07-27-10
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    "Potential?"

    I have made it through 2 of 5+ parts on this book. I like some of the characters and I have a feeling the book ends well or gets more exciting but this story is so slow in developing! I have run out of patience. 14 hours in and I must give up. My brain hurts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Berry Plantation, FL USA 07-27-10
    Lynn Berry Plantation, FL USA 07-27-10 Member Since 2004

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    "Need a Roadmap!"

    I loved the post-apocalyptic parts of this book, and some of the interpersonal relationships were pretty good also. The idea of a virus, even one carried by vampires is okay, but all the paranormal stuff was a little over the top.
    Meanwhile, there were so many different parts of the book and different people going in all directions that I would have liked a cheat sheet so I could keep track of everything. I definitely didn't understand the point of giving us long introductions to characters, only to have them die shortly afterward.

    That being said, I thought the narration was great. The pretty abrupt ending certainly leaves room for another volume, and I'll definitely be listening to it when it arrives.

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    Amazon Customer 07-27-10
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    "The Long, Rambling, Meaningless Passage"

    36 Hours 52 minutes of my life I'll never get back

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lily Centralia, WA, USA 07-27-10
    Lily Centralia, WA, USA 07-27-10
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    "An entertaining read for really long road trips"

    Part futuristic vampire sci-fi, part mystery thriller, part psychological drama, I had no idea what I was buying when I downloaded this book for an upcoming long road trip. But while the narrative can feel tedious at times, the story was compelling enough to keep me occupied and oblivious to the passing miles for my two 15-hour-long drives. The characters are well-developed and the story, if not exactly unique, is at least original enough to offer a few new twists along the way. If an audiobook can keep me riveted for that long, and make me want to take more long drives just to finish it, it's done its job.

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    Thomas Phoenix, AZ, USA 07-26-10
    Thomas Phoenix, AZ, USA 07-26-10
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    "I really wanted to like this book, but . . ."

    With all the positive buzz about the book this summer I really thought it would be great and really wanted to like it. However, I can only echo many of the previous reviews--there were very brief moments of excitement followed by long, tedious, mind-numbing lulls in the story. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this book to anyone.

    For whatever it's worth I thought the narration was good. I can't believe I'm saying it, but maybe I should have gotten the abridged version.

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