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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Initially I struggled with the narrator's staccato story telling style (sorry, unintentional alliteration) and put off listening to this book several times but once I got used to it I managed to immerse myself fully into the story. This book has definitely surpassed my expectations, overly anticipated books often disappoint but this one didn't. I particularity like Justin Cronin's writing style, the movement between time and characters could be confusing but instead it flowed easily creating a rich and meandering novel full of surprises. I can't wait for the next instalment.
This is definitely a must for everyone's wishlist. I absolutely loved this book and the narrator reads it well it is just as good as The passage and explains alot of the mysteries that unfolded in the first book can't wait for the next one!!
"If you like The Stand, or Swan Song, read this!"
Okay, the book is long, but wish that it could have been longer as I enjoyed it so much. A great follow up to The Passage, but Scott Brick makes the experience great.
"Superb writing but a bit slow in places"
There is no doubt that Cronin writes superbly and there are passages in this novel that are incredibly exciting and sometimes very emotionally affecting at the same time. I was genuinely in tears at least three times listening to this book. My only criticism is that at times it did feel a bit slow, but I wouldn't let that put you off - it is worth it for the overall experience. Scott Brick's reading of the novel is astonishingly good. I have actually tried to use some of his techniques in reading to my daughter and am enjoying the experience much more for it, so that is an unexpected bonus!
Completely brilliant! The perfect follow on to The Passage.
I love long stories, you can really get into each character and live their lives with them.
Can't wait for the next book in the Trilogy.
"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.
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