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Passage Audiobook

Passage

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Publisher's Summary

A tunnel, a light, a door. And beyond it...the unimaginable.

Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the near-death experience using a psychoactive drug. Joanna’s first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined — so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why that place is so hauntingly familiar.

But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid. Yet just when Joanna thinks she understands, she’s in for the biggest surprise of all — a shattering scenario that will keep you feverishly reading until the final climactic page.

©2001 Connie Willis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A true heir to John Donne, Kurt Gödel and Preston Sturges, a wit with a common touch who’s read more great books, and makes better use of them in her work, than two or three lit professors put together.” (Newsday)

“Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

“Thoughtful, often fascinating ... Willis makes Lander’s journeys into the afterworld increasingly frightening and compelling." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Lillian A May 07-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Too drawn out"

    Oof. Good story, good writing, but wayyyyyy tooooooo drawn out. It reads as though the author thinks that 45 things need to get in the way of every plot event, when sometimes a simpler path would have been better. I'm surprised I finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Effort, PA, United States 05-12-15
    JoAnn Effort, PA, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Enlightening"

    The narration was great, each character coming to life! And the story, with its twists and unexpected turns was captivating.

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    Colonelswife 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"

    I have read the Oxford time travel books by Connie Willis , of which I enjoyed. I had higher expectations for this book. A lot of rambling , & the story line just didn't click for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhenda I. Strub Olympia, WA 01-22-15
    Rhenda I. Strub Olympia, WA 01-22-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Really the same woman who wrote Doomsday Book?"

    Connie Willis owes me a credit. I listened to the ENTIRE 29 hours 44 minutes and this book and it never got past its first act (to borrow a stage term). After the first 4 hours, I mostly had it play for the soothing sound of Dina Pearlman's voice. When my mind wandered, as it often does while listening and doing something else, I never had to back up to listen again to what I had missed because NOTHING HAPPENED. It is almost 30 hours of speculation about what happens when you die. Great for helping you fall asleep. Do not expect a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Lead Hill, AR, United States 02-08-14
    Shirley Lead Hill, AR, United States 02-08-14
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    "Good Story Line"
    What did you love best about Passage?

    The book followed a topic that I have always found interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dina Pearlman?

    Her reading style takes alot to get use to. She made the main charactor of this book ALWAYS sound so ominous. It was a struggle at times listening to her, but the story itself was good enough to keep me going.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time to sit and listen to an entire book at one time, this book would not be the one.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is good. The book is about 200 pages to long. While I really enjoyed the story line, at some points it did get montonous, the same thing over and over again. I would recommend this book to someone, overall it is a good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Burlington, ON, Canada 07-30-12
    Carrie Burlington, ON, Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "suspenseful inlightening thought-provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. Good narrator, will make them think and question their beliefs about death


    What other book might you compare Passage to and why?

    Heaven is For Real is one book which I might compare this audiobook to. Both books explore what happens when a person dies, and each book takes a unique perspective. Some people, like myself, believe that when we die, we will go to Heaven and be with our religious Savior, such as Christ. Others have a more secular view, that life simply stops at death. After listening to both books, people on both sides will be able to debate the issue, inteligently.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but, like J. Charles, I found her to be a captivating narrator. I would listen to her audiobooks, again.


    If you could take any character from Passage out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Joanna, definitely! I could not stand Mr. Mandrake, and I think Richard would be engrossed in his experiments with diazamine, (I can't remember the drug that was used to put the subjects into near-death experiences), but I think that Richard would be too wrapped up in his work to be interesting. Kit is trying to take care of her uncle who has Alzheimer's, and I want her to spend as much time with him as she can. Joanna would probably be an interesting person to talk to, and I think I could learn a lot about the near-death research that she has been working on. That type of thing, (neurological research), really interests me.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be prepared for the surprising ending, or for what happens to Joanna just as she makes the important breakthrough about the neurological role in the near-death experience! If you are interested, get Passage by Connie Willis!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-06-17
    Robert Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Scientific Investigation of NDE"

    I really enjoyed all thirty hours of this massive, thoroughgoing investigation of Near Death Experience. But don't come looking for choirs of angels: they take a scientific view of the phenomenon. The scientific side contains enough mysteries of its own that they plummet from various angles.

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    Klokfixr 08-12-17
    Klokfixr 08-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting premise on death and dying..."

    I read this book because I loved 2 of the authors other books on time travel; blackout and all clear.
    this was definitely interesting premise on the "Near Death experience"which is the focus of the book, and lots of "murder mystery" leading up to the ending. good read overall.

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    Laura Bryant Florida 07-05-17
    Laura Bryant Florida 07-05-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Way too long"

    I enjoy most of Willis' writing but found this book to be tedious and repetitive. What she had to say could have been said in 1/3 the amount of time.

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    Benjamin F. Jacobson 06-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Willis Proves Again She's a Master Storyteller"

    If there's anything that I've learned from reading Connie Willis' time travel novels, it's that she knows how to weave complex plots, interesting characters, and dry humor together brilliantly. Passage, however, is on a whole other level.

    The entire book is a giant metaphor of a metaphor (this'll make sense at the end). It's a genius concept executed flawlessly. The characters skirt the line between realistic and caricature you can't help but love all of them. And the writing pulls you right in.

    Just as important, Willis delves into some of the toughest problems in life--namely death, and how we cope with it. Not just physical death, though, but the inevitable forgetting that accompanies death; the erasure of identity and meaning, both for the decedent and those who survive them.

    The narration by Dina Pearlman also deserves praise. She has a clear, versatile voice, and has identifiable voices for each of the main characters.

    I am in awe of this novel, and the audiobook production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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