“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
“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)
Amazing story, made all the better by the best narration I think I've ever heard in an audiobook. Don't hesitate, this one is a winner.
This story started out very exciting. It read like three separate books, with the middle dragging almost to a point of giving up on it. If you like lonnnng books that could have been done in half the time, then this is for you.
I thought this was a very good book and I'll save it to possibly read again in the future. It was a more realistic book about what could actually happen if there were vampires or vampire type beings. I'm not sure why everyone talks so down about the reader, Scott Brick. I actually love his voice and have read books just because he was reading them.
I love all of Stephen King books- even the less popular ones. Magic, post-apocalyptic, and mystery are all big draws for me.
I am a veteran audio book listener. This one gives you the bang for your buck. Listening to it on the treadmill, the stationary bike, or on the road, I've stayed motivated. Dynamic and gripping storyline with great narrators.
This is a dauntingly long novel, but I must say that my interest never flagged through all of the hours of listening. There were times when I changed my plans for the day to an activity that would better accomodate listening to The Passage. The ending, though, was a great let-down for me. That's why I did not rate it 5 stars!
This was my very first audio book, so I selected one that is long and had a good rating so that it would be worth it. I was a bit wary about the content ("vampires"??) - but honestly, I could not have made a better choice. I loved the story, the characters, the narrator, the way of telling - I was listening to it in every free minute and was done in only a couple of days. I heard there are supposed to be two more books. I can't wait.
Now I only hope I can find similar ones without being disappointed every time! This one - highly recommendable.
I'm a big fan of this genre but this book was a pretty big disappointment. It's got a really weird pacing/structure. I was often confused what was happening, which characters were involved, or if it was real-time or a flashback. Justin Cronin has potential but this book really needed several more drafts or some serious editing work to be enjoyable.
This narrator is overly dramatic and, in my opinion, turns a mediocre book into a painful discourse. If the story had been more interesting, I might have stuck out the narrator, but with the two combined, I gave up listening after the first 5 hours (which was way too much time spent).
I wasn't sure that I wanted an audio book this long but after the first quarter of the book, which was mainly getting all the background of the characters of the book in, I was hooked. Thoroughly entertaining and I couldn't stop listening. I would have given it 5 stars but I had to make it through the beginning before I was totally hooked.
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