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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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    Reader Book Texas 06-29-10
    Reader Book Texas 06-29-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Slow"

    Reader was slow, boring and dry. I could not stand the story, but I stuck with it for half the book. Finally, decided I had better things to do with my time and many wonderful books to read (or listen to.) I have listened to all of Steig Larrson's books and loved them; this was recommended for me;not in the same league.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    paul Kilauea, HI, United States 06-29-10
    paul Kilauea, HI, United States 06-29-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Just Great"

    I don't understand how anyone with a love of this kind of fiction could love this story. If the reader isn't to you liking then just listen to the words. The story is detailed, prosaic and a fabulous journey.

    I really loved it, great writing

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert M. Mountain View, CA, USA 06-28-10
    Robert M. Mountain View, CA, USA 06-28-10 Member Since 2003
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    "The best part of this book is Scott Brick."

    This book was agony. If you want to read it, I recommend an abridged edition. I stuck with it to the bitter end (which is a whole other can of worms...the ending), hoping it would go somewhere but it never did. I actually got lost a few times, characters coming back to life and whatnot. This is truly not worth the effort. Of course Scott Brick was at his usual excellent self.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G 06-28-10
    G 06-28-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent epic"

    This is a must listen. As a fan of post apocalyptic literature I truly appreciated this novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Seattle, WA, United States 06-28-10
    Robin Seattle, WA, United States 06-28-10 Member Since 2012
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    "It's a Vampire story"

    I guess it's OK if you're into vampires. It's very dark, with rather too much inconsequential filler that doesn't add anything except additional gloom. Not my cup of tea. The narrator does a good job but can't save the book. Didn't finish it (rare for me).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 06-27-10
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Patience is rewarded"

    I probably wouldn't have had the patience to read this book in print. It's a good choice for audio, with some warm characters making believable choices in unimaginable circumstances. In some ways it's like "The Road" (similar title, too) but far, far more enjoyable.
    The book is actually narrated by three actors. I found Scott Brick's familiar, endearing if slightly-angst-ridden reading to be just right, but the second narrator, an actress whose name escapes me, reads the part of a futuristic young African-American girl from Philadephia as though she's auditioning for Br'er Rastus or Uncle Tom's Cabin. I have not seen the text, but I hope it isn't written in the "Yassuh, we's all gwine down de station, boss" style she adopts. It's really hard to listen to.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 06-27-10
    Pamela 06-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "New take on two old themes...."

    one being vampires (more or less) and the other being an apocalyptic event(s) that ends civilization as we know it....
    I had hoped that with 40 hours this book would last me a long time, but I got so sucked in that it was over way too soon--rather abruptly (hope there is a sequel), but it doesn't really require one.
    I liked that the author led us into the story by unfolding the main themes bit by bit as he built the context. It was an interesting examination of the variety of ways in which people responded to an end to all that was familiar.
    Once again I wish Audible would give us 1/2 stars to use. The writing wasn't really up to the level of "The Road" but I gave it 4 stars, not only because there are no 1/2 stars, but I enjoyed it too much to just give it three.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 06-27-10
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2010

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    "There BETTER be a sequel !"

    I listened non-stop (almost) and when the end came it was like the "road just ended." As though the author got tired of writing and just wrote "the end." There certainly had better be a sequel and when there is one, I'll be the first to get it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Dupre 06-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A great story that didn't quite pan out."

    OK basically I liked this book, there were elements that were heartwarming, thrilling, heartbreaking, horrible, sad, exciting, basically all the things that make for a great novel. It was certainly one that I couldn't wait to read what happened next despite a pace that is right out of a Steven King Novel, somewhat methodical and plodding. Unfortunately though I was left rather dissatisfied when I finished listening, while I now know this is just supposed to be the first part of a trilogy, I think even a cliffhanger can leave some sort of conclusion which can satisfy, but I was left feeling like I spent 37 hours putting together a puzzle only to find that a few pieces are missing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Vodonick Ph.D. 06-26-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Highly critical listener says buy it"

    I have been an Audible subscriber for about ten years now and download at least two books a month. This is a good book. It reminds me of The Stand. It is dystopian and post apocalyptic. It is long. It uses a multiple point of view structure and some of the characters actually die, even those that you may like. If you like this type of novel or The Road, this book is for you. If you would rather read pre-digested pap for morons, pass it by.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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