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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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    Thomas Montvale, NJ, USA 07-22-10
    Thomas Montvale, NJ, USA 07-22-10
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    "A lesson for wantabe authors"

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to be a writer. Justin Cronin takes all the tools available to the novelist and applies them in this one novel. And, just like the chef who takes every ingredient in the kitchen, he cooks up an awful tasting, smelly and disgusting dish. This is a lesson in how not to write a novel.

    Cronin has talent that is certain. In very short order, he introduces characters and makes you care about them. He also knows how to make you feel like you are living in the story. Then, for some unknown reason he changes tactics; moving from third person to first with varying points of view. Or, he will introduce a long list of names to make a point - the only point he seems to make is that he is full of himself as an author.

    Justin drones on and on, taking forever to make a point or end a subplot. This is just boring. The worst part of the entire story though, is the ending - making bizarre turns in the plot, seemingly just to make bizarre turns in the plot. The open ending no doubt is the means by which he plans to offer a sequel.

    The bottom line, I can't believe I invested all this time listening to a story go on and on, just because it can. I fortunately only paid 1 credit for this audio book. Whatever you do, don't waste two credits on it.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy L. Soura up state ny 06-17-10
    Trudy L. Soura up state ny 06-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "I love it !"

    Ive read the bad reviews and dont think they are a reaction to the book but to Scot Brick.If this was read by someone else it would get much better ratings.Scot just reads badly,I read the book first and its better and you have to get around the whinning voice of his.The prose is good,the story lines detailed.And it may have a vampire story line but thats todays "monster".If it was from the 60s it would be space monsters. All books have a period accent to them.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Creston, NC USA 05-17-16
    Jesse Creston, NC USA 05-17-16 Member Since 2015

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "This one takes some getting used to"

    An immense cast of characters and a somewhat slow storyline. Cronin creates a complete world of the survivors of a military bioweapon experiment gone wrong. Down to the smallest details it seems. The world, at least the US, has been virtually wiped out by vampiric like creatures that result from the experiment and who feast on the living - what's left of them. In some places it's so slow that it's almost like describing someone cutting their fingernails. I almost didn't continue after the first few hours but stuck with it and I'm glad I did. But...did you have to kill the dog?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shellie 05-16-16
    Shellie 05-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "very entertaining"

    I can't wait for the next one. not sure how I feel about the ending.


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    Heather Ann Arbor, MI, USA 03-22-13
    Heather Ann Arbor, MI, USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Nothing exceeds like excess!"

    Ever listen to a drunk ramble on about unrelated events in his life? Yeah, this book.

    Unbelievably, I am 24 hours into this endless ramble and I have another 12 hours to go! Not gonna do it. Author Cronin must love the "sound of his voice" because there is no end to his bombast. There seems to be no point to this story. There are too many characters and I don't really care what happens to any of them at this point. I love unabridged novels but I am so sorry I bought this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-10-13
    James CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-10-13 Listener Since 2006

    Love the book as a window. Shocked by the number of definitions for the word "turn". Widowed and sad, but thankful. Trying hard to be useful. Have 28 years as a step-father to a fantastic grand-daughter and a not so fantastic drug addicted, step-daughter. Oddly focused on the fun of preparing to die well, and help those left behind, while eating, hot springing, and reading for pleasure.

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    "Good, but way to long."
    What did you like best about The Passage? What did you like least?

    If one waxes quixotic, this is interesting cultural commentary. But it is way too long, and most will not ask themselves about what dreams or delusions they are locked in. I only just barely stayed with this read, but I may read what I think is the newly released sequel. At 36 hours, this read is long.


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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...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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