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  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,426

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Not love or hate, just sort of Meh.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-14

One reviewer said you either love it or hate it, but I didn't fall to either extreme. For me the whole thing, story and performance, just seemed unaffecting. I was so disappointed to go from, "Oh, boy! Almost 37 hours of entertainment." To, "Oh, gee, when is this thing going to be over?" The reviews from professionals were even more amazing: "big ideas"? - hey, it's a zombie/vampire thing; "unnerving" - more like enervating. Humdrum and ponderous.

The story is told with a dreamy quality, and narrator Scott Brick performs it that way - throughout! I admired Mr. Brick's work for the quality, clarity, and tone of his voice. But just how much dreamy can a person take?

The other narrators? Why?? It served no good purpose.

None of the characters or situations grabbed me. That I felt just the slightest twinge of suspenseful tension in a couple of places kept this review from being less than three stars. I won't be looking for any more works by either Mr. Cronin or Mr. Brick, and if something of theirs comes highly recommended to me, I will carefully audition it before purchasing it.

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