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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

Critic Reviews

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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Just as good as the first book

I think the narration is actually better, especially the female voices. The story is known to be rather wordy but thats just a kind of style and is pleasant to listen to anyways.

Very satisfying ending, so much so I was wondering if there wont be a book three. Actually, thought there was going to be 12 books, because, you know, 12 vampires. There was one thing I am still wondering about; why Corevill was keeping that other place under wraps. So yeah, still looking forward for next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Glad this story ended

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was so glad when this ended. So tired of listening to it. Should've stopped at book1. There are just too many stories, and too many characters, going on. Difficult to keep track of them all in an audio book. Some scenes are too descriptive, making them longer than necessary.

What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Eliminated unnecessary characters and their stories.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve: A Novel to be better than the print version?

This is a great follow-on to the original novel. The characters were well developed in detail and tied back to the first novel. Not so much so that this book could not stand on its own though. Hopefully there will be a new novel soon that extends the adventure of Lish and Zero.Great read.....

What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

The Stand by Stephen King. Primarily because it is a play on good vs. evil and how humans react to that grand drama

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick was consistent and emotive in his narration. It really added to the story.

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

The dark future man has wrought....something like that I suppose

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Keith
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 12-17-12

I Cannot Wait for Book Three

I finished The Passage and went right into The Twelve. I was expecting to see Peter and his group Kill another of the twelve . Of course then I would have to buckle down and wait for each of the next eleven books. Thank You Justin for apparently not choosing that format.

Justin created a world ruled by vampires, and at the same time ravaged by human hands. In The Passage we learned that people had found the fountian of youth, but also found that it had bad side effects. The U.S. government chose twelve people from death rows around the country. They created the twelve vampires that would end the world as we know it. The Passage ended with the heros killing one of the twelve.

The Twelve started five years after the killing of one of the twelve. Each of the main characters, Peter, Aime, Sarah, Isha, and Micheal had continued on with their lives seperatly from the others. Peter joining the army fighting the virals, Aime taking care Peter's brother's baby Caleb, Micheal becoming an oiler, and Sarah being kidnapped. Each of the members would travel through the story aimed at the same destination, the destruction of the twelve. The stories of the group from beginning to end are fantastic. Each one of the stories had its own character that met new characters and followed its own seperate story. The author was very creative in this way. Not only did he create a whole new world but he also created full stories for his main characters.

The evil character in this book was not even a part of the twelve. He was a normal person that had become more by keeping one of the twelve chained up. He was creating a city that support the twelve in the future. This character in the beginning struggles with the bad things he has done to his own people, but this does not last long.The main characters all meet here at this city for a final confrontation with evil. The fianl battle has many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing.



This a very well written book. I would recommend it to all the zombie lovers out their because it introduces vampires on the level of zombies. Something new for you to read about.

























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  • D. WARD
  • Midlothian, Virginia United States
  • 12-15-12

Brilliant second installment

This book rates way up there with the best I've read. It's a terrific second installment. I too, like others have mentioned in reviews, struggled a bit with the first few chapters . I am so glad I stuck with it because it evolved into the amazing continuation of The Passage.
It is a deep, complicated and huge story. I loved it and am thrilled that there will be yet another part to this amazing trilogy.

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Really Segmented... not as good.

POSSIBLE SPOILER: I really wanted the book to explore more of the scientific issue of the biological experiment, but it was all about the relationships that were developed in the first book. Don't get me wrong, they are important and are interesting, but I would have preferred a better mix. The book really felt segmented and somewhat hard to follow to me due to the back and forth between times and old then new characters. I re-read the first book just days before this one came out and it was still that way somewhat. I enjoyed following the journey of the first book on google earth, but this one doesn't allow much of that because the characters just appear at the destination in the next chapter. However, there were some turns in the plot I didn't expect and I will be getting the final book of the Trilogy. Narration was as good as the first one. Its slow enough that its easy to listen on double speed. Later.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 11-05-12

Come to me..come to me..part 2.

Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of being an epic journey, near the top. Certainly this continues the journey started in "The Passage", both adding more detail, plot and complexities, as well rounding out characters and backfilling the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve: A Novel?

The battle scenes are fascinating.

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

He needs to cover alot of ground, and does a remarkable job in that regard. He is my favourite performer however, so I am naturally biased.

If you could rename The Twelve: A Novel, what would you call it?

The Journey

Any additional comments?

Part 2 of this sprawling series ( I believe it will be a trilogy ) is engrossing ( sometimes gross as well ) and both mystical , almost too much so for it's own good at times, and a wonderful addition to the genre. Most listeners will look me in looking forward to the final installment.<br/><br/>Come to me!!!

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 10-26-12

Listening in Slow Motion (edited)

(The wonderful people at Audible has allowed me to edit review because I mixed up the narrator with the author's name is my first review on 10/25/12. My review is the same, but just the "correction" of the names.)

I cannot believe that no one have yet to comment on how horrific on the narration. I just couldn't listen to "Scott Brick's" performance in normal speed on my IPod. I needed to speed up the audio and even then the narration was just tolerable to listen to. For some reason, "Brick" is just down right awful in this book and totally ruin the story for the listener. His pace is extremely slow, where you cannot take it anymore and need to stop listening to the book because it's just so frustrating.

As far as the book, it's just okay. I found that the book to be slow also. I gave the first book one star because I didn't like it at all.

Usually, I give the sequel a chance to change my mind, but as for "The Twelve", it's slightly better than "The Passage", but still not that great.

The Twelve is just marginally better to give it two stars. There are some highlights in the story, but nothing to drool over. At least it was just 1 credit to buy. Something to kill time and maybe to look forward to the next edition to the saga.

I just don't understand what is the big deal for this trilogy, but then again, I'm not the target audience.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Didn't hold my interest

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Passage. This book does not have the excitement of the first and is more than a little disappointing. At times I was very drawn in but then the book would turn in another direction or go into boring detail. Sometimes I'd find chapters had gone by without me hearing them.
Mediocre.

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tough to follow..

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I'm the first to admit..my attention span can be short. But I've been listening to books on tape/cd for 25 years and I don't recall rewinding so much. I kept thinking I missed something. The story starts/stops in odd places. It's more like several short stories than tied (loosely in some cases) at the end. There a MANY characters and new ones are being introduced even 3/4 through the book. I'm not sure I'll bother with the 3rd..my interest has waned. Maybe if I went back and 're-read' the The Passage it would have helped.

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