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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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    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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    Meghan Austin, TX, United States 07-05-10
    Meghan Austin, TX, United States 07-05-10
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    "Well-rounded and incredibly enjoyable listen."

    Cannot get enough of this book. The story is so interesting and we love the detail and the way you learn so much about all the characters from multiple perspectives. It doesn't hurt that Scott Brick is the best narrator we've heard since joining audible (perhaps tied with Stephan Rudnicki). A thoroughly enjoyable ride.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-05-10
    David Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Part 1?"

    If you liked the ending to the last episode of The Sopranos you'll like the ending to The Passage. I have to assume there is a second volume coming. Other than the cliff hanger ending I did enjoy the book. It works great as something to listen to on a cross country car trip.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann Laverne, CA, USA 07-04-10
    Mary Ann Laverne, CA, USA 07-04-10
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    "Steven King was wrong"

    This is the first time I have ever written a review. I listened to the entire almost 40 hours and I am soooooooooooo disappointed with this book. The author is so wordy to tell so little and leave the ending unresolved! I wish I could get both my credits and my TIME back!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Morrow, OH, USA 07-04-10
    Vicki Morrow, OH, USA 07-04-10
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    "RATS!!!!"

    I wandered everywhere for days with earbuds protruding from my head, totally mezmerized by this book. I had no problem with the time jumps, and always love anything narrated by Scott Brick. Today I realized I was FINALLY close to the end. All things would be explained. I could remove the ear buds. Then came the ending, the ultimate joke on me after sooo many hours. I first let out a little barrage of appropriate obscenities, and then broke into lsughter. If this isn't the perfect set up for another book, I don't know what is! I'll wait to see what happens next because after all the time invested, I gotta. Good book, but the ending sure doesn't do much for the blood pressure! Hmmm, I'm gonna miss those earbuds.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 07-04-10
    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2012

    I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!

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    "If u love long books this is a great one!"

    It reminds me of Stephen King's "The Stand" or "Swan Song" by Robert McGammon. Both books I loved. There are a lot of characters in this book and it all comes together well. I really enjoyed this book! Well worth the credit!

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    Robin Supply, NC, United States 07-04-10
    Robin Supply, NC, United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2013

    I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.

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    "Wonderfully entertaining"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it to be a great combination of "The Stand", "The Road", or The Zombie Chronicles (whatever it's called). Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and the story, even though it borrows many threads from other stories, does keep you guessing. It kept me riveted to the end and I didn't think the ending was abrupt. Of course it is a setup for follow-on books. This author didn't have to go to into the gory details but he did when it was warranted. Sure does make you think! What if!! The part about the "WASTE LAND" of New Orleans because of the oil pollution was downright eerie because of the horrible oil spill. Wow!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Schultz Santa Clara, CA United States 07-04-10
    Jim Schultz Santa Clara, CA United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Too illogical, too long"

    This novel is too long with a lot of illogical mystical mumbo jumbo. I am not a fan of vampire novels in general, so I guess I shouldn't have expected too much. I was hoping for a good story though and this one didn't do it for me. And the ending is designed to make you buy the next book to find out what happened.

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    Kevin Sherwood, OR, United States 07-04-10
    Kevin Sherwood, OR, United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The Passage - A long journey I did not want to end"

    What can I say - the new Novel by Justin Cronin lives up to all the hype. It has something for everybody: Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi, love, Drama. I am on my last part and I find myself piece mealing out my listning sections a small amount at a time as if it were water from a canteen on a long hike. Justin Cronin weaves a tale that cannont be contained just on the pages it was written but comes to life in your head at the expert hands of Scott Brick whos narrative voice and inflections seems to breath life into each character. Listen to this audio book no matter what genre you like. You will be taken into a world of chaos and wonder. I loved it! and I am not even done yet!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Tempe, AZ, USA 07-04-10
    Lynette Tempe, AZ, USA 07-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Deeply Unsatisfying."

    I almost gave up finishing this book 4 times and when I finally reached the deeply unsatisfying end, I wished I would have put the book down the first time I had the thought. The bottom line is that I just didn't care enough about the characters and the ending did not compel me to want to know anything more about them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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