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The Twelve: A Novel Audiobook

The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...

The Twelve

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"[A] blockbuster." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." (Time)

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    William 09-19-15
    William 09-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent!"

    I would give this book and its sequel a six star rating if I could! I can't wait for book three to come out.

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    Amazon Customer 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"
    What did you love best about The Twelve: A Novel?

    I loved how it demonstrated how strong people during times of struggle can gather together as one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The first created. Because she was just amazing.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of who the characters really were he brought their personalities on page to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve: A Novel and why?

    The ultimate survivor


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    Ray 09-09-15
    Ray 09-09-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    Love the fantasy. Performance by Scott Brick made it even better. Cannot wait for the third book!

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    kym fisher 09-04-15
    kym fisher 09-04-15
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    "can hardly wait for the next dook."

    loved it, don't normally like vampire books but these have me caught, can hardly wait.

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    Jean 08-31-15
    Jean 08-31-15
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    "Superb"

    Enjoy the way the story went from past to present. Tying the 1st book to the 2nd book. Have read the 2 books multiple times and still enjoy them.

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    N. Strong 08-26-15
    N. Strong 08-26-15
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    "If you like puzzles..."

    ...then this is the book for you. Always trying to figure out what's going on in the meandering maze. The author loves to from on a little much for me, and the melodramatic performance by the reader is like listening to Commander Kirk for 25 hours.

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    Wayne 08-18-15
    Wayne 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Write faster"

    Bring in the next book already!
    Bring in the next book already!
    Bring in the next book already!
    Bring in the next book already!
    Hurry up

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    Donna 08-01-15
    Donna 08-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Messy"

    Poorly written mixed up story I could hardly follow which is too bad as I liked The Passage a lot

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    J. Harnish Huntington Beach, CA 07-18-15
    J. Harnish Huntington Beach, CA 07-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Mediocre Filler"

    Like a Detour bar: marketed to be healthy, but really just junk food pumped full of whey protein.

    I've completed both books, The Passage and The Twelve and can confidently say that the story here is decent, but stripped down and predictable in a 'made for the screen' type writing. I commute a lot which was one of the only ways I was able to get. Through it all. The narration is superb yet at the same time a bit over the top and a bit melodramatic- especially during the one-linear passages which repeat for emphasis. There are elements of the story which are simply put, 'too thin' and character development is often times poor. I was left with the feeling of regret over the 50 hours of listening time devoted to both books.though at times compelling, I just hoping for a richer, more concrete story.

    I may be mistaken, but the writing felt poised towards the 'young adult' crowd,

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    stingaGdawg California 07-07-15
    stingaGdawg California 07-07-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Scott Brick and Justin Cronin"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    Justin Cronin's writing and Scott Brick's performance are an incomparable collaboration. Haven't heard a better team yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adjectives and analogies used to paint the picture that brought the story to life.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    "Director Guilder"


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    idk


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