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The Passage Audiobook

The Passage

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Elisa Revesby, Australia 09-01-10
    Elisa Revesby, Australia 09-01-10
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    "Fantastic listen."

    When is the next one coming out???? It cannot finish like that. The dude that reads it is a mite bit monotone, interesting concept,

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    Gert Glenden, Australia 09-01-10
    Gert Glenden, Australia 09-01-10
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    "This can be better"

    It was good the narrator had the thing down. The author know how to do this and entertains and draw the reader in, but so often loose the reader again. I think it is to long. The story ended to abrupt as if the author lost intrest and "skipped" across it. It felt like the objective was to write a 36 hour 52 minute book. The lead in was fast and full of action, the middle part just crawled on and on and then the end just like that!!!! Still good liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire east bentleigh, Australia 07-24-10
    Claire east bentleigh, Australia 07-24-10
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    "Amazing Story"

    WOW! I nearly didnt buy this audio book based on the fact that it seemed so similar to Stephen Kings book "The Stand", which i loved. I am glad i took the chance as it really stands alone. The story is utterly believeable and not a nuclear bomb in sight! Amy, Carter and Babcock get woven into the story along with the other characters you will get to know and the journey begins. Just be glad you can sit and look at the stars in this life, as in their world darkness is a cause of fear.

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  • Richard
    ManchesterUnited Kingdom
    1/14/11
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    "Gripping, just brilliant"

    I came across this book entirely by accident, and had not read any of the reviews before I purchased, simply wanting an audiobook that seemed 'different'. My pleasure upon listening to the excellent narration, and the incredibly detailed plot and character development cannot really be put across here. What I will say (as an attempt to convey my regard for Cronin's work) is that this is the ONLY audiobook that I have stopped listening to because it was too good. Sounds strange but I just couldn't bring myself to listen to it all, I had to go out and purchase the hardback, to see it in it's original fomat. I've read the book twice in three months, and am currently listening to the audio.

    From the scientific expedition that is a violent and horrific disaster, the secret weaponisation of human capabilities, a story about a single mother and a nun, internal politics of a small colony, to dangerous expeditions into a world destroyed by an unnamed horror in the dreams of the many, this book is an epic triumph.

    If you are looking for a book that isn't over in a few days, and will grip you from beginning to end, I entirely recommend 'The Passage' to you

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Taylor
    5/14/16
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    "Epic!"

    I absolutely love both the audio book and the paper copy! The story telling is amazing and you really do get the feel for all of the characters. This book is easily one of the best I have ever come across! As is its sequel...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MrP
    5/8/16
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    "Brilliant"

    This book was brilliant but I'm glad I listened to it as the author is very descriptive so I'm glad I could just sit back and enjoy !

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Jeff
    4/13/16
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    "Fantastic book, a hidden gem. "

    Read the book twice and even better to have it on audio. Have also read book 2 and can't wait for book 3 to come out (only weeks to go)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Geeza Fett
    UK
    2/23/16
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    "Worth the effort"
    Where does The Passage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Being one of the longer books I've listened to, The Passage took some effort but was ultimately more fulfilling and 'epic' than others


    What other book might you compare The Passage to, and why?

    It's similar to Stephen Kings 'The Stand', albeit with a more mature and up to date style


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    On normal speed, the delivery came across a little too downbeat, almost depressed or melancholy. I ended up listening on 1.25 speed which, rather than sounding like a mouse on speed, made the slow delivery sound more normal. Of course, this helped me get through the book that much quicker as well


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unsure


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with this one. Some reviews understandably state that the point where characters you've come to know and empathise with are suddenly replaced with a completely new set compromises the whole book. I disagree with this view but only after finishing the book. There were plenty of times midway through where I could have done with a family tree of sorts, to help identify some of the peripheral characters

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tulpa
    5/8/12
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    "Very much a story of two halves.."

    Initially gripped, my car journeys started to become planned around the next chapters.. The setup, development and character work was excellent. Totally absorbing, right up to the surprising and somehow contrived 'second book'..

    I now feel as if I have 'Done my time' with Mr Cronin. The book is nowhere near finished and i am yet to find a single character to empathise with.. It seems to dwell for long periods on very little.. Whilst I now understand that the initial names will not completely disappear, the last half is a journey in itself. My iPod skipped and I lost a few chapters.. I must admit to having breated a sigh of relief.. I'm not giving up.. just putting on another pair of shoes.. It's going to be a long haul...

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mr a c stone
    united kingdom
    2/11/11
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    "The Passage"

    Having read the review I was vey disappointed with the book in fact it's the first book that I have chosen not to finish. The book commenced very well but as it progressed to me it simply became very boring and simply did not retain my attention and interest. As I say I was disappinted and perhaps it is me but I simply could not continue to listen to the book's conclusion.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Delderfield
    11/13/17
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    "The best audio book so far."

    I was looking for a lengthy listen to get into and stumbled across this book. it had a good star rating so thought I would give it a go.
    after the first hour I was absolutely hooked.
    After about 10 hrs I decided to read some reviews other readers and listeners had submitted.
    It was the usual, a real mixed bag but the overall impression I got was that many people felt the 1st half was great and the second half was not so good. (bearing in mind this is a 39 hour audio book.)
    My own opinion is that the 1st half is probably the best story I have ever heard. It got me emotionally on different many levels. The second half is only awesome!
    this is a book of two halves but that is just the way the story goes. It captured my imagination at ever listen and I felt like I travelled with all the characters. Beautifully written and excellently narrated. Cannot wait to start on book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/31/17
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    "Tiresomely morbid"

    Morbid imagery and back stories were so overused I stopped caring about anyone's hardships or deaths

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/14/17
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    "Interesting but a bit long"

    The premise is interesting and quite unsimilar to other vampire stories. However the initial characters are much more captivating than those after the time jump and the book could have done with some editing. Good enough though to listen to the second one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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