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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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    Cindylee Ginter toledo, ohio 07-09-10
    Cindylee Ginter toledo, ohio 07-09-10 Member Since 2007

    potterygod

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    "Suprising!"

    This is an Epic, and while some state it is about "vampires" called "virals" in the book, I say the boogeymen in this book are more peripheral than the wonderful story, rich metaphors, and character development that remind me of Stephen King novels. This is a dystopia that has a thin thread of hope throughout to keep the reader's heart in the story.
    The ending sets the stage for a sequel I believe. Oh, and Scott Brick is absolutely the right narrator for this book. He was awesome as usual.

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    Erik Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-09-10
    Erik Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Loved it."

    I don't understand the negative reviews--this was a great book. I have been a lifelong fan of Stephen King, and have read everything he ever wrote. This novel easily matches kings best.

    I will be anxiously awaiting the next novel by Justin Cronin

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Silvano 07-08-10
    Silvano 07-08-10
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    "Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Not sure where the negative comments are coming from. Great book. I thought 40 hrs would take forever but I was done in just over 1 week. Creatures are frightening, heroes have faults, great narration by Scott. Great book and the ending was (well you will have to hear it). A plus

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 07-08-10
    Suzanne 07-08-10

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    "Long, detailed and kept my interest for every word"

    With such a long epic as this, many characters are introduced. Cronin did an excellent job of developing each character as the story moves along, so that the reader stays involved and concerned about what will happen next. He brings out a depth of discussions on violence, love, deceit, philosophy, action, morality and purpose of life through the characters in such a way as the reader can't help but ask one's self about those issues in real life.

    It is a long book. I got a lot more housework, yardwork and ironing done than I realized because I just didn't want to stop listening just yet. Usually, I would pick up another job just to get to the end of the current chapter. As I approached the end, I was still concerned about the characters future as I continue to reflect upon my own changing "Passage."

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    Paula Denver, CO 07-08-10
    Paula Denver, CO 07-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "One of my Top Five Audio Favorites"

    This was one of those books that I didn't want to end. It's an excellently written and read epic post-apocalyptic story and very "The Stand"-ish. Be warned that it is long. If you want the shorter version I'd suggest the abridged version. Don't be scared off by any reviews complaining about the end. I thought the end was brilliant! I loved the varying ways the author told the story - I think this helped break up the length. All in all an excellent listen and highly recommended!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 07-07-10
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2016
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    "I didn't want it to end!"

    In the tradition of The Stand, this exceptionally well-written and narrated tale is a long one but very satisfying. The characters are well developed and we the listeners end up caring about them. I couldn't get enough of this and found myself sneaking away from work to listen (always the sign of a great book). Justin Cronin's apocolyptic world of the walkers and the virals is utterly believable and one that I look forward to visiting again the sure to come sequels.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 07-07-10
    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 07-07-10 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Stephen King Lite anyone?"

    not bad; but not great either. I did listen to it all at least!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Megh APO, AE, USA 07-07-10
    Megh APO, AE, USA 07-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "An epic piece of epic length"

    Yes, this book is long. Not because of a rambling plot but because of the digressions in to each of the character's histories. While this adds hours of listening time- it creates a very rich narrative which I believe enhances the story. It's not a typical move by novelists, but I think that Cronin does it deliberately to illustrate a story that is ultimately about humanity by making even minor characters as human as possible.

    I thought it was a suspenseful and engaging listen and the narrators were a pleasure to listen to. In my opinion- it was 37 hours well spent.

    The only negative thing about this book is that now I have to wait two years for the second volume to come out!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Berea, KY, USA 07-06-10
    Sean Berea, KY, USA 07-06-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book"

    Lately the whole vampire schtick seems to be overdone. While still being a style of vampire story, this novel takes the whole notion of a vampire in a new direction. Stylistically it reminds me of the treatment "30 Days of Night" gave the genre. This is also an epic tale, and is able to bypass the pits of sluggishness that seem to plague many stories of this scope.

    The reading is _extremely_ well performed, with the presence of multiple readers skillfully used to add dimension to the tale.

    This is easily the best story I've read so far this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Altringer Rockford, Mn USA 07-06-10
    Paul Altringer Rockford, Mn USA 07-06-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Buy the book, it is a great value"

    I love long books and this one did not disappoint. This was very reminiscent of one of the big Stephen King books like The Stand or Under the Dome. Not as good as The Stand but Better than Under the Dome. For the people that complain about the ending find me a long book that ends the way we think it should and I will eat it.
    Buy the book, it is a great value.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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