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Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is. The Passage.

Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he's been searching for - and wishes to God he hadn't. In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her.

In a maximum security jail in Nevada, a convicted murderer called Giles Babcock has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection. In a remote community in the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home - so he can kill him. Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined.

And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man's darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human. And beyond. The Passage.

©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Orion Publishing group

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  • Christopher
  • 12-26-12

Must read!!!

Not having actually heard much about Justin Cronin I didn't know what to expect but this is an amazing, thought provoking, what if book. And it is written in a way you could believe it could actually happen. Mixture of vampire and zombie. Love it.

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  • jamie
  • 12-24-12

An epic!

This book is a must for anyone.. What an epic.The story line grabs you from the start and it was nearly impossible to stop listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-12

Entertaining story, well read

I very much enjoyed this book, the story felt very Steven King-esk, and was very well narrated, with good emphasis, tempo, and voices. My only gripe would be that some of the gun based action scenes seemed a little out of place on occasion, and we seemed to drift into Tom Clancy territory. Overall, recommended and I am looking forward to the continuation of the story in The Twelve.

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  • Zoe
  • 12-23-12

Sensitive, intelligent sci-fi

This is a wonderful book about a terrifying future. Although "vampires" are the basis of the plot the events are always thoroughly credible and therefore far scarier than your average blood drinking fantasy. Every character, good or bad, is three dimensional and realistic. Some of the individual life stories are heart-breaking, and that's before the end of the world begins! As well as the scientific, horror and action themes there is also a spiritual element to the story which I found very interesting. I recently re-listened to this audiobook as so much happens in the story that I needed to remind myself of before listening to the sequel. It was actually even better the second time around. I really appreciate the gentle narration from Scott Brick which is a perfect match to the style and pace of the novel. A very classy book.

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

Great story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the rather annoying tones of Scott Brick, the narrator. The story is well composed and unfolds nicely. I immediately downloaded the next part of the trilogy(?) and have been listening to that as well now.

This book is long but worth the endurance. The characters are somewhat cliched but that is kind of why I liked it as it offered and entertaining listen without having to concentrate too heavily on narrative, great for car journeys, bike rides and house work.

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  • Charlene
  • 12-22-12

Very absorbing... deliciously long

What starts out interestingly enough becomes a totally absorbing listen throughout. I did not want it to end. Brilliant!

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  • Ariadne Jones
  • 12-21-12

Interesting Listening

I really enjoyed listening to this and was surprised at the jump in time, more could have been written about this which spoilt it a little. You never know it could be in another book.

I agree with the reviewer who felt that it had almost been written as if it were a screenplay and this did detract from the story as it was a little formulaic in parts.

I'd go and see the film!

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  • mr
  • 11-14-12

this is a oh yes book

this book is very detailed and can jump a bit from one thing to another but stick with it and you start to get the"oh yes" moments, i have listened to this book in just 2 weeks. cant wait now to get the next one.

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  • john
  • 10-16-12

Stand down Stephen King this man has the crown

What a story, Stephen King has nothing on Cronin, by far the best story I have ever listened to, it has everything you could wish for.

Cronin has created a master piece, and all brought to life by Scott Brick (the man has a way of telling this story that is second to none)

If you like King, Koontz or any of the mainstream horror writers forget them, once you start this story you will not put it down.

Am waiting for the next novel

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  • Hannah
  • 10-03-12

Totally Awesome Story

I loved this story and I was totally engrossed from start to end. I have read many books of this type of genre but I particularly liked the epic nature of the story. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the post-apocalypse world and how a group could survive or fall apart. This book leaves you on a cliff hanger, so I can't wait for the 2nd novel (The Twelve) to be released to find out what happens to the characters I have gotten to know so well. It is a very long book, so I was glad I listened rather than read it.