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
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"A gripping read - Cronin continues to impress"
Scott Brick, having won me over in his reading of Justin Cronin's 'The Passage', continues to provide the perfect reading voice for 'The Twelve', with his gravelly, engaging tones. The novel was a wonderful read - it impressed me in its development of characters and the post-apocalyptic world created, with some truly haunting moments. It kept me consistently gripped - a hard feat over 21 hours. I can't wait for the final novel in the trilogy now.
"long and confused"
The passage was a brilliant book, one of the best audio books I've listened to. The wait for this sequel has been so long though that I had forgotten most of the plot and characters. Unfortunately you really do need to know the characters before you start on this book so either invest 20 hours in re-listening to the passage, or give this book a miss.
"fantastic story that keeps you gripped."
I enjoyed every second of this book. Great characters. Great story. A dark story of what could happen if doctors keep playing around.
"Amazing sequel that joins the dots with original"
Justin Cronin is a master of pulling together strands of stories, weaving them together towards what must be the epic third book. Cannot wait for the third book to be written! Scott Brick is a great narrator using his voice to build the anticipation. To those who might not like his slow style I'd seriously advise to stick with it, he knows what he's doing and the story benefits from this. Worse case listen at 1.5 x.
The Twelve builds on the foundations of The Passage, delving into the back stories of characters only touched upon in the first while continues to move towards what can only be the third epic conclusion. Would recommend both this and the passage, well worth the time investment and well worth the chance to escape into an alternative world for a while.
this book is fab and you must listen to the first to understand , its quite hard to understand at times but you must persist with it as all is revealed and i can't wait for the last book,
A true epic, thoroughly enjoyed it, great value for money. Spent many hours totally engrossed, just picturing a post apocalyptic landscape :-)
Having thoroughly enjoyed 'The Passage', I was eagerly awaiting the sequel. After struggling to listen to the first part of the story, and wondering where it was leading to, I became hooked. Sure there are new chararcters, but as the story unfolds, Justin Cronin has neatly fitted them into the storyline and one can see what has happened. Many a late night has occurred as I have listened entranced to this story. Can't wait for the final one!
I loved the passage and this book just got better and better.Set in the same apocalyptic world as the passage it is not really a sequel just a different story with some of the same characters in it. The narration was superb. I think it benefits if you listen to it in one hit. It is completely engaging and unique and leaves you at a bit of a loss as to what to listen to next as there is nothing quite like this on the market
I cant wait for the next one.
Yes, then I'll be ready for the 3rd one
I'm not a fan of zombie anything really and this is what that was. However I got very into the characters and their lives
Yes both and more
You fall in love with all the characters and are rooting for mankind from beginning to end
I have to say that I enjoyed The Passage so much that I held back from The Twelve because I was worried that it wouldn't live up to the first book and in the end it wasn't quite as strong but still was head and shoulders above so much other books out there.
We get to meet old friends and old enemies for the first book as the battle against the 12, their collaborators and of course their vampire progeny continues. Again we get glimpses of life before and after the outbreak as we are introduced to new characters ("last Stand in Denver" deserves a book all of his own) on each side of the moral divide. As usual Cronin is not forgiving and takes characters from us with the casual cruelty of real life and at the same time allows characters some peace and resolution which they deserve.
I found that this time the characters, locations and dates switched a little too rapidly and frequently and sometimes I had to work hard at piecing together when, where and with whom a chapter was dealing and this is as critical as I am likely to get of the novel except that perhaps Cronin had forgotten just how frightening the virals were and in this novel they seemed to be too diluted and to have lost that towering sense of horror, equally the 12 should in turn have embodied a whole new depth of terror and horror but somehow the opportunity was lost to fully realise their potential.
Again the narration was peerless, fantastic work Scott.
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