Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future…. Until they were selected for a secret experiment….to create something more than human.
Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick. Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.
©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio
At the end of reading 'The Passage', part one of Justin Cronin's triology, there was no doubt that I would immediately buy 'The Twelve' and I was not disappointed. The Twelve picks up where The Passage left of and continues the adventure at the same pace and excitement as the first book. This time the story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, or more accurately, a satisfying resting point, while setting the scene for the finale, 'The City of Mirrors'. I'm waiting impatiently...
I was a huge fan of The Passage so was awaiting the release of the next installment with great enthusiasm. The Twelve did not dissapoint, it delivered with regards to both plot and character development. The writing was magnificent and the performance was excellent, which only enhanced the story and made this one of the most pleasurable experiences I have had with an audio book.
Great continuation to the story. There is no way to know where the story is going to take you which is wonderful. I simply can not wait for the third and final book of the trilogy.
I reviewed the first book in this series and my conclusion was that it didn't know what it wanted to be. It started out as a mystery thriller with suspense, action and well developed characters. It was interesting. Then it turned into a Mad Max with zombie vampires, and shallow characters. This books goes even further. It has flash-backs to the 'present day' of the first book. Here characters start to get interesting again, and it's like Justin Cronin is back on his own turf. But then you are taken forward to the time period of the second half of the first book. However, now it starts to become more of a fantasy setting, with super humans and sorceresses and fairy tale loyal horses and what have you. At the same time it's a 1984 Big Brother setting with a V for Vendetta coating, or perhaps it is a concentration camp story. The characters that seemed interesting have become caricatures of despotic leaders and their actions and motifs are very much a cliché. Again ther rule change. Suddenly humans can assimilate some of the vampire powers, and become dictators. The vampires are not that much of a threat really and they can all be easily wiped out. Humans are the true threat to humanity. Whaaat?
In this book Scott Brick's over-dramatic narration felt more at home, or perhaps the constant change of story line made me oversee the narration.
Why did I listen to the second book of a series I apparently do not like very much. Well, there is still something to it, so I have to give it a pass with three out of five.
Scott Brick brings life to each of the characters so you can just lose yourself in them and the story.
A great follow on from the 1st book.
He's Mr Audiobook. No other narrarter seems to bring the depth of narration to books that he does.
All of it
Amy, but cant say why, it may ruin the read for someone
i was really looking forward to this book counting down days. it was slow confusing and jumpy, you would start to relate then it would jump to someone new. i put it down pick it back up put it down again. i like my books to keep me guessing and wanting more, to consume my thoughts. this was painfull i only gave it the chance because i loved the first one so much..
"How wrong was I?"
This is amazing. When I reviewed The Passage I had lost faith with it about a third of the way through. I did go back to it and fell in love with it.....and then The Twelve. Justin Cronin has done something amazing - weaves a story which reflects and reviews the Passage whilst moving the story forward. I needed to read both to totally appreciate the writing, the story, and the premiss. If you love Stephen King 'end of the world tales' like the stand and under the dome, you will adore this end of the world survivors story. The characters are amazing and well written, the story is interwoven between the Passage and the Twelve and I am awaiting with glee part 3 of the trilogy. This is not the glittery romantic vampire tales you may be used to - it is deeper, darker and so much much more. Move over Frannie Goldmsith and Katniss Everdean there is a new girl in town, and she is my new virtual best friend ....... Amy Bellafonte.
Before listening to this book I would recommend "The Passage", which is the prequel. Both books are long and a little long winded at times, but well worth the effort. I love these books.
"What a waste of time!"
The Passage was one of my absolute favorite books. I found that the story was fresh, well written and totally engrossing - and the narration by Scot Brick was excellent. Therefore, I had eagerly awaited the release of The Twelve and downloaded it on its first day of release on Audible. To say that I was bitterly disappointed by The Twelve would be a criminal understatement!
The great narration by Scot Brick is still there, but the quality in the writing and story that was present in The Passage is gone. It's like the book has been written by a different author.
The characters that I Ioved in Book 1 are totally unrecognisable and the story drags on without purpose. I lost interest and didn't care what happened to the characters, as they were really getting on my nerves!
It's quite sad that it seems the author wanted to turn the brilliant story that he started in The Passage into a trilogy just for the sake of it. I will most definitely not be getting Book 3 when it comes out.
An excellent sequel to a superb first novel. If you enjoyed the first and are considering continuing the adventure, then I highly recommend it. If you have not read either book and like the Zombie/Action genre, then you are missing out and you should use your credits accordingly now!
"Harder to listen to."
I finished the Passage and hit the play button again to listen a second time. I never listen or read a book twice but I was that impressed with the passage I couldn't help myself!
I counted down the days to the release of The Twelve. I have to say I'm disappointed. I had to work hard to stay focused and tended to switch off. I had visions of devouring the story like one of the creatures in the story but I found it quite the chore to stay. Shame.
"Not As Gripping As The Passage"
I absolutely loved the story telling of The Passage and the characters. I have listened to it 4 times since its release and in the run up to the 2nd book's release. So, The Twelve; The narration by Scott Brick is still outstanding. However, I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. This book I found VERY confusing. The story didn't flow as well as The Passage and it was unnecessarily darker, gory and disturbing than the first book.At times it reminded me of gory parts of The Stand and Swan Song. Some of the plot just didn't make sense and I was left feeling quite frustrated at times. I will give it a listen again in the future, maybe before the third instalment comes out. The story was good, but the flow and writing wasn't on parr with The Passage.
"Not as good as The Passage"
The Passage was just stunning, couldn't wait for the opportunity to put it on in the car orl whilst out on a walk - any excuse! Having waited so long for the sequel I already feared it just couldn't live up to the original and I was right. Don't get me wrong - the story is good, just not incredible as the first was. Also, without giving anything away, it somehow sits at odds with the first. Not a flowing storyline and not a picking up where the last left off. Took a while to get into it and now I have I am enjoying it more. Will I listen to the third instalment? Yes, but I won't be counting down the days til it's written. The reader is superb though.
Let me start by saying that I loved The Passage, the audio version was splendid, great characters, exciting narrative and brilliant writing. I have been looking forward to listening to The Twelve since I finished The Passage 2.5yrs ago, I downloaded it the day it came out. Boy was I in for a sugar crash.
Same great narration by Scott Brick and some great sections of writing but the book has been written so self consiously in the knowledge that it will be translated to the big screen it started to become annoying. There is character cliche after character cliche and no end of bad one liners. The narrative really didn't flow and I started to switch off and really not care what happened to the characters i had loved so much in The Passage. Such a shame that money and hype have some how taken away the soul of what this trilogy could have been.
"Like The Passage? This is even better."
My complaints about The Passage were few and far between, I did love the book, although it took a while to get going after the first part of the book when it jumped 92 years in the future with a whole new cast, as it took a while to get going again after it did this having to spend a lot of time introducing us to many new characters in a vastly different world. The Twelve avoids this and nearly every single page is edge of your seat listening.
The book opens up with a quick reminder of the events of The Passage and picks up 5 years later. Then the author throws us back 97 years to year 0 of the viral outbreak and the war with a mostly new group of characters, an old face from the first part of the passage as well as one or two others that we know a little about from the first book. This part of the book is incredible; it really does not waste its time in ramping up the action. The next part of the book brings us back to year 97AV with Peter and the gang. Again this last half of the book is brilliant.
The only niggle really is a brief section adding to the back-story for the man who was to become General Voorhees. It does end up being worthwhile but this small section does take a short while to get going.
The year 0 war has some stunning sections. The viral hordes wiping out cities, the air force bombing back the charging viral forms. Really incredible writing excellently performed.
His narration is amazing, he brings a lot of life to these characters and does not overdo the female roles. However, there is one character that he overdoes the accent for. The character is immortal, but if one person with an accent was around only other people with an American accent for a century, their own accent would eventually fade. There was no reason to do this. This is really nit picking though as the character in question only has a few lines. It just stands out more as the rest of the narration is so flawless by comparison
50% world war viral, 50% mad max with vampires. 100% awesome.
Or something like that.
"Good sequel let down by a few niggles..."
If you bought the first book you'll no doubt buy this as well and to be fair it's worth a listen, however it's not without it's annoyances.
Firstly, the lead characters (one in particular) become over-powered to the extent that hearing their exploits just leads to rolled eyes and a "here we go again" feeling. This extends to their interactions with other communities etc.
Secondly, the characters make increasingly stupid decisions in what seems to be an attempt to move the plot to it's next set piece.
Third - a lot of time is devoted to some historical "day zero" back stories which have only the very flimsiest connection to the actual story. Although they're interesting in their own right they don't add anything, they would have been more suitable at the start of book one.
Finally - the ending is poor. The final confrontation is almost ridiculously easy and it's scenario implausible even by the standards of the genre.
In summary, expect to get to the end and feel annoyed.
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