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The Passage Audiobook

The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” (Stephen King)

“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bona fide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad)

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    Stephen Mesa, AZ, United States 08-14-10
    Stephen Mesa, AZ, United States 08-14-10
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    "Impressive Story"

    I wasn't sure what to think when picking this title out- the reviews were so mixed- either love or hate. Sign me up for the 'love' side of things. If your attention is easily lost, you don't like committing to long stories, or your expecting a story that neatly ties up at the end- steer clear. But if you are someone who diligently takes in the details, loves long stories, and enjoys knowing that there is more to come, you'll love this. It's essentially two stories in one- the first being roughly 1/3 of the book and the second being the remaining 2/3. That's a pretty bold move for an author especially when the 1/3 at the beginning has characters that are pretty endearing to you by the time you get to the second portion. While I didn't seem to enjoy the second set of characters as much at first, I ended up really, truly enjoying them every bit as much. I also was setting myself up to be disappointed by the ending due to people saying it abruptly ended. I was pleasantly surprised with a few really satisfying 'end game' elements that were thrown in. The stage is left solidly set for the next two books- I really can't wait. One of the best books I've downloaded here on audible.

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    Jeffrey Coral Springs, FL, United States 08-13-10
    Jeffrey Coral Springs, FL, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2015
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    "I tried to like it...tried to finish it...couldn't"

    The story was interesting at times but the author is so wordy and gets carried away with every detail and every thought. When you couple this with the narrator's constant, painfully sad voice I finally gave up. I almost made it to the end but just couldn't take it any more. I quit.

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    G. Forde New Jersey 08-13-10
    G. Forde New Jersey 08-13-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Read it"

    Sometimes a little long in the set up but this is the best book I have read in years. The movie version which is all ready in dev will be great if they do not screw it up. Really, really good book, not at all about vampires. Great characters, fascinating story with lots of twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisandro livermore, CA, United States 08-12-10
    Lisandro livermore, CA, United States 08-12-10
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    "Not really worth 2 credits"

    Not exactly a bad book but alot slower paced than I expected. The story starts to become kind of a downer after a while, with nothing but bad luck, bad memories and bad omens. You keep expecting some kind of redeeming event to happen but it never comes. In fact, the big moment kind of falls flat. You feel like "what? is that it?" then it goes on for a while and ends with no real resolution. They're obviousley trying to leave the door open for a series of books. Kind of a ripoff of "I am legend" with a longer timeline.

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    Gail 08-12-10
    Gail 08-12-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Not all in there"

    For a very long story, it fell short on the content; the solution to the problem was bland, too simple and left me hanging. The ending was not satisfactory for all the challenges they went trough.
    The story failed to point out how the gov't/miltary even knew Amy was different and where to find her. The nightmare experienced by some surviving decendants was rather loopy in the explanation given.
    This story was not worth listening to for the second time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Greenville, NC, United States 08-12-10
    Patrick Greenville, NC, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Lengthy but definitely worth the time"

    This was my third ever audiobook. The first two that I listed to were abridged versions of books and were about 6 hours long. This one, at around 36 hours, was a significantly higher time investment and was somewhat of a completely different experience.

    The book is good, and the story is very intriguing. The characters are likable and the story really feels like it could very much happen. I especially liked the way that the virals were characterized (I'm a little sick of sexy vampires). Although most of the characters are excellent, I felt like Cronin went into a little too much detail for some that weren't in the story very long, and yet not quite enough on a few of the more important characters.

    The story moves quickly, and keeps the listener/reader involved and wanting more. I really didn't have any problem with the plot or the way it was developed. I will say, without trying to have a spoiler, that the book is obviously set up for some sequels, which is perfectly OK with most listeners I'm sure.

    As a piece of advise, I would advise the more ADD listeners to opt for the abridged version. However, if you have the time, I didn't feel like there was enough downtime in the unabridged to hurt it and would definitely recommend it.

    The narrator is a popular and long-tested one who is narrating my next book as well. He is a tiny bit dry at times, but for the most part entertaining and his voice, for the most part, does the story the credit that this type of epic deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Alexandria, VA, United States 08-11-10
    Harriet Alexandria, VA, United States 08-11-10
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    "Good Grief. What Happened!"

    After spending all of the time listening to this book, and telling friends, along the way, how much I was enjoying the story, I feel like I may have to apologize to them after they get to the end of it. What a letdown! I really had been enjoying it all the way up to the last paragraph. The ending was that abrupt. I felt like there was a part of the book that I hadn't downloaded! And that left me dissatisfied.... Like I had been enjoying a good meal and someone suddenly cleared the table while I still had the fork in my hand.

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    V.A. 08-11-10
    V.A. 08-11-10 Member Since 2004

    Travel is essential, snowboarding a need. I love speed: cars, motorcycles, boards. Food is more than a requirement; on the best days it's a supreme indulgence.

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    "A few stalls but overall...interesting"

    Despite some of the reviews I read here, I enjoyed it. The basic story, while somewhat similar to other books I've read, was interesting; as were most of the characters. It's style resembles Stephen King's. The character development fits the category as does the length. It was, at times, predictable, but overall a good read—though quite depressing. It had few stall points, and a couple moments that seemed to have no originating points, but in Mr Cronin's defense, Mr King's works can, too.

    Some reviewers have mentioned the jump into the future. This took me by surprise as well, and I did find the first part more engrossing, but he brought it back around eventually.

    For the record, I get sucked into the long books for the sheer escapist factor. While I'm reading I'm also gardening, driving, floating in my pool, etc. While I can get into an autobiography or non fiction book, I usually prefer the entertainment factor of unrealistic fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Zalewski 08-11-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Almost Good"

    With the help of a "good" editor, this just might have made two decent books. Unfortunately, the way it is written, the author just about has you hooked and then the 'split" happens.
    I spent about three chapters wondering if I had left the car running without me listening. This is one of the few books of recent purchase that I have not kept listening after I shut the car off

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    Paul 08-10-10
    Paul 08-10-10 Member Since 2002

    Radio Broadcaster for 50 years in the National Radio Hall of Fame and Texas Radio Hall of Fame twice . Live in San Diego from Holyoke Mass.

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    "Stephen King is smoking something!"

    This is the second book recommended by Stephen King that couldn't "stink up the joint" more if it tried. When you find yourself yelling back at your radio "Come On! Come On! Come On! that is not a good thing. It is painfully slooooooooooooow and as the King of Switzerland said to Mozart "Too Many Notes" in this case far too many words, The one redeeming value is that it's a great sleep inducer... which doesn't work too well when your driving.... here I go ...fumigating my I Phone again

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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