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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"Just gets better and better....."
I've not written review before so my reaction The Twelve has pushed me that bit further to give it my whole hearted roar of 'More!' - this is the accumulated high regard I have for the emerging trilogy starting with The Passage, I think these novels are of a high calibre writing style and narrative that takes the reader/listeners on a journey that is remarkable. The characters feel very three dimensional and I found I care about them and what becomes of them on their individual journeys. A fantastic listen and given the best possible airing by the wonderful voice of Scott Brick. What an achievement Justin Cronin! More please and soon!
"Stick with it, it's fab!"
This is the 2nd book, and wow what a journey! It did get a little confusing with all the characters, but stick with it as its well worth the listen, now I need to find the 3 rd book!
"Just not as good"
As many have said here, The 12 is not as good as the Passage. In fact I even considered giving it 3 stars, but it is better than that. The Passage was just so good, that this really isn't of that standard. If you read The Passage, you have to read this and you'll probably enjoy it, as I did.
"amazing follow up to the passage"
this book had me totally hooked, it did not disappoint me. it carried on superbly form the passage. justin cronin has done an amazing job in this trilogy.
I thought this was an excellent follow up to The Passage. It would make absolutely no sense unless The Passage has been read first.
Scott Brick's narration was also first class and I became totally immersed in the story. I listen to Audio books on my daily commute and found myself hoping for traffic problems to delay the journey so that I could listen to more! There's a lot more to it than the traditional zombie story.
I thought the plot was very clever and was often surprised by the twists in the story.
Other reviewers have criticised the book suggesting that it has been written with a future film score in mind. I can't really see this myself. Yes, there may well be a film in due course but it can't be the book simply because of the length of the book. A film might be visually stunning but it is difficult to see how this audio book of sixty odd hours so far can be condensed into a two or three hour movie. I'm looking forwards to book 3.
"great follow up to the first book"
I had been itching to find out what happens next as book one, The Passage, leaves us with such a cliff hanger. The Twelve doesnt let us down as the threads of this epic and apocolytic tale are woven together so we can start to understand what has happened, and the parts that all are playing.
There is no doubt that book three will be just as powerfull, I cant wait.
By the way the narration of both of these by Scott Brick is simply first class. A joy to listen to.
"Bear with it"
I loved The Passage and was eager to read this. I found it very confusing at first, I was convinced I'd accidentally skipped it forward but once I got my bearings and just listened to it I really enjoyed this. If you liked the first one (which you must read first) you'll love this. It's a good second book, am looking forward to the third.
"Not as good as the first"
While this book is not as good as the first I still really enjoyed it.
The character development is great and draws you into the world of the book.
I did however find this book quite confusing as it jumps between time periods quite often.
There are also many additional characters in this second book that are hard to keep track of.
Having really enjoyed 'The Passage', I was really looking forward to the second instalment in the series, and I wasn't disappointed! Here is a writer who's taken the vampire theme and done something a bit different with it. It's also impressive that such a long book can keep the reader/listener enthraled. I was listening to it in just about ever spare moment I had... It's going to seem a long wait for the next one I think!
"Give it a chance"
I agree with other reviews who have noted that this is very different in tone to The Passage & I was initially a little disappointed with the story. However, I've read the book & listened to the Audiobook a few times now &, I must say, it has grown on me. It's not as brilliant as The Passage but, let's face it, it was always going to be a tough task to match that for originality & storyline! I'm actually looking forward to the final part of the trilogy as opposed to dreading it as an inevitable disappointment.
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