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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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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 10-17-12
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 10-17-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "I could turn this one off"

    Today I heard there is a sequel to the vitalness, needless to say it is already in my library and I cant wait to get started

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    Piddler53 Ky 10-16-12
    Piddler53 Ky 10-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Mesmerizing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend to a friend. As a matter-of-fact I have recommended to many. Spend about 8 hrs a day in my car and listened to this while I would drive. Actually looked forward to my next day of travels. So excited about the sequel, downloading it now!


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    myrthasg 10-11-12
    myrthasg 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sci-Fi Dracula and much more!"

    Scary and captivating,incredible humane, despairing at times to the point of getting so anxious that had to stop for a while to regroup. Most of all: ONCE YOU START YOU CAN'T STOP !
    Performance is very good. Just right for the book.
    One bad thing: The end left me hanging. What happened with the sequel?! Please don't tell me is like "The Way of Kings" or "Reckless" !!!
    Even so it is sooooo worth it.

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    8dove8 NY, United States 10-01-12
    8dove8 NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Skillful...satisfying...chilling..."
    What did you love best about The Passage?

    Everything was just right...a great listen...time well spent...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspenseful twists and turns...well written and preformed...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...why rush it...it kept me wanting to know more...the pacing was perfect...


    Any additional comments?

    More like this...

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    Charlotte Suarez NOGALES, ARIZONA, US 10-01-12
    Charlotte Suarez NOGALES, ARIZONA, US 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic "

    You won't be disappointed, can't wait to read the next in the series, narration is perfect.

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    MDC1976 Austin, TX USA 09-18-12
    MDC1976 Austin, TX USA 09-18-12

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    "Good story. Enjoyable."

    Kind of a long story and seemingly endless, but it ties together eventually and has a good ending. Good narration. Kind of a monotone narrator which doesn't help the seemingly endless story.

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    Johanna Malmoe, Sweden 09-17-12
    Johanna Malmoe, Sweden 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great reading greater story"

    I love everything about this book, can't wait for the Twelve to come out. I also think Scott Brick does a great job but Abby Craden got a bit emotional for my taste at times.

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    james midlothian, TX, United States 09-12-12
    james midlothian, TX, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I listen to a lot of audio books and tend to like books that are dark in content and humor.

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    "Unabridged version is so much better!!!"
    If you could sum up The Passage in three words, what would they be?

    Great Horrific Drama.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy. She totally intrigued me and pulled me into the story!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Definitely. They read like real actors. Some can be so monotone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I like to savor the good books.


    Any additional comments?

    I originally listened to the abridged version and it left me unfulfilled. The Unabridged version is defiantly the way to go. So worth it.

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    Minal Hahm Cedarburg, WI 09-08-12
    Minal Hahm Cedarburg, WI 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Still sticking in my head....great story!!!"
    Where does The Passage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high. It's a storyline that sticks with you. Kind of confusing at first on how it's going to get pulled together...but, it's an awesome book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passage?

    The trips to the mall for supplies.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Makes you think about what could happen if the human race every got threatened.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 03-04-12
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 03-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love It - Hate It"

    Maybe Love it Hate it is a bit strong, but there were times I almost put this book down...well not quite. That's about how this book went for me, but in the end I really liked it and look forward to the next one in the series.

    That said, his book was a bit of a roller coaster ride. I like the premise and the development of the story and characters, it's just that at times it was a bit confusing and hard to follow. It hopped around and left me wondering if I missed something. Eventually things were cleared up, but to me it was unnecessary confusion. I don't know if it was the writers intent or just poor writing. This is my first book by the author so it's hard to be sure. There were also some long slow stretches that did not seem necessary. Conversely, for a book this long, there seemed to be some rushed scenes where the outcome did not make logical sense based on the setup. Also, as time passes things deteriorate and the accuracy of the way that was depicted in spots was questionable at best. Again in a book of his length I expect some research into these areas to bring credence to the story.

    I disagree with other reviewers that this is a vampire book. There is some vampire like behavior but it's not a vampire book. It's not a zombie book either which is why I came across this one searching for a good zombie book. It's a cross between the two really and I enjoyed it more from the overall "apocalyptic" side.

    The narration, at least that done by Scott Brick, was excellent. Fortunately the other narrator was only around for short sequences. I found her voice kind of irritating. Some weird sort of slur she has through me off.

    So at the end of the day I liked the story even with the faults I noted. There were/are some very engaging characters throughout the book including the main group who I am sure will be part of the next installment. There is still a lot of story to tell here and I look forward to reading more.

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