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.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This book really added very little to the first. It wasn't full of surprises, rather it just rounded out what we thought would happen after the first book ended.
Narrator - The narrator did quite well with no serious inconsistencies with accents and so forth. I felt that the narrator did nothing to add to the story but did nothing to detract from it either.
Story - Fairly mundane to tell the truth. It sometimes felt like the author got a little lost with his characters. Some of the characters appeared to behave in ways that did not ring true. Having said that I am glad that I finished the series.
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..
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