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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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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 08-19-10
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "People are nuts - I loved this book!"

    I listen to a wide variety of books. I loved The Help, The Hunger Games, The Golden Compass. I listen to Dickens, Jane Austen and Larry McMurtry. I would have to place The Passage in my top ten of all time favorites. After reading all the negative reviews, I entered with trepidation, but I was hooked from the start - loved the story and the pace. My interest never lagged. For the record, I think the Stieg Larsson books are overrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto Miami, FL, United States 08-19-10
    Alberto Miami, FL, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Audiobook"

    It's a really good audiobook, I even bought the book so I could read it in the bed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hill 08-19-10
    Sarah Hill 08-19-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Ohhh PLLEase already."

    This book form the description was right up my alley!
    I was all too excited to dive in. Part one was enthralling and I couldn’t wait to see where the rest of the story was going to take us.
    Well, where it took me was to a place of “Come on already”!
    Part, 2, 3 and 4...I had to suffer through. Part 5 was somewhat exciting but Anticlimactic!
    I was so bummed about the ending and truly wished that I had read some reviews before spending SO MUCH time on this story.
    Painful.

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    Allison Goldfield, IA, United States 08-19-10
    Allison Goldfield, IA, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Very disappointed"

    This story line has so much promise but it does not deliver. The author jumps around to different story lines without giving a clear reason for doing so. Many times I found myself rewinding to see if I had somehow accidentally fast forwarded. This is one of those books that you are hoping the ending has some kind of meaning and at the end you find out that you just wasted 2 audible credits. I have never written a review before (member for 5+ years) but I feel obligated to warn others - if you are looking for a book that challenges your imagination, intrigues you with how it will end, and surprises you with how the characters figure out the solution- don't buy this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 08-19-10
    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "worth the money"

    Kept my interest. Nicely done. It kept me going for hours and hours on my long ride. Would suggest.

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    Cynthia Westminster, CO, United States 08-19-10
    Cynthia Westminster, CO, United States 08-19-10
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    "Good, but..."

    This book is interesting, well-written and well-read, however it's so bleak and depressing I cannot honestly recommend it. I'd like to see more from this author if he can find something positive to write about!

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    mamasunset California Central Coast 08-18-10
    mamasunset California Central Coast 08-18-10 Listener Since 2002
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    "Brain Death"

    I agree with another reviewer that this book is "gaseous windbagism" I can't believe that I wasted so many hours listening to Scott Brick's monotone; I finally dropped it with three hours to go. Someone owes me two credits! Argh. I should have known better. Reader/listener beware!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chandler, AZ, United States 08-15-10
    Michael Chandler, AZ, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but horribly long and rambling"

    I found the overall story to be interesting but very slow and boring in many areas

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    Jo Afton, NY, United States 08-15-10
    Jo Afton, NY, United States 08-15-10
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    "Only if you like Stephen King"

    It's weird and wonderful and I loved it. But, I agree.....you would either love it or hate it.

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    William West Hartford, CT, United States 08-14-10
    William West Hartford, CT, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "It just stops"

    This book started with an interesting premise but went off into many different seemingly irrelevant tangents. When the story is just starting to finish up and get interesting it just ends. It is like the author said "Well, I finished the number of pages my contract stated so let me end it here"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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