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
"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.
"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,
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