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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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    Adam Las vegas, NV, United States 08-03-10
    Adam Las vegas, NV, United States 08-03-10
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    "Waaaaaaaaay too long"

    I was disappointed in this book. The middle part dragged on and there really wasn't a good resolution to the story. There were too many characters. I wish I hadn't gotten this book.

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    sandy Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-03-10
    sandy Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "sequel?"

    Most of the book predictable and unbelievable...how many time CAN you escape the virals after all... and then just kind of peters out. An OK summer read since all I really wanted was to be is transported into another time and place for a few hours a day, and it did do that. But it in the end, it is just a snapshot of time after an "event", without any resolution. The only way to redeem the book is to assume there is a sequel that describes what happens next and comes to some "end".. Perhaps a few hints of that...the "ghost" that kills the viral in the cabin (is it part of a future story?)....the idea that in the massacre "our" characters were not killed (just like they escaped like every time before). why only Leish is changed (what is the role of that). and why Amy destroys the vials (explained in one sentence) ....if/how she finds the rest of the virals...etc. Just kind of leaves us hanging there waiting for parts 10, 11, 12...etc. I had to check the library to make sure I had really come to the end of the book!

    If you want a really incredible, stark, and poetically written post apocalyptic novel, read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. it is magnificent.

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    Middle-aged crazy 08-02-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Why, oh why . . ."

    . . . did not Edward Herrmann record the unabridged version of this book? The main narrator has an annoying vocal pattern that did not serve the story and in fact, worked against the style of this author's writing. The two women were great. I suspect this is a good book. Listening to it was torturous.

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    Benjamin 08-02-10
    Benjamin 08-02-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Book of lost souls could use one"

    As others have pointed out, this book drags. Starts out as a decent concept, but then makes a 100 year jump and becomes a chore to get through. Some equate tedious to "epic", but I have listened to good epic (search Peter F. Hamilton), and this story pales in comparison. After getting through it, you will feel the author laughing at you in the epilogue.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    debrah Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 08-02-10
    debrah Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not about vampires"

    I was a little hesiant to order this book but decided to take a chance. I loved it. The reader was great and very pleasent to listen to. I think I had the idea it was more about vampires, but it wasn't. The story was very interesting and I have since heard there will be 2 more books. Very happy about that.

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    mabelee 08-02-10
    mabelee 08-02-10 Member Since 2015
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    "How does this book have the rating it has?"

    The first couple of hours was good, it was full of action, and the premise was interesting. Then, that story went away and another took over. What great potential Amy had after her first introduction! And then....nothing. The thing that bugs me the most about this book is how all the action in the "second story" takes place in everybody's heads. We don't get to experience the action, but get it second and third hand within people's heads with all kinds of modifers and qualifers. Suspense? Ha!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 08-01-10
    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 08-01-10
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    "shameful waste of time"

    I agree with everyone review that gave it 1 star, if there was zero star I would give that, it is totally idiotic and non-captivating, I finally gave up and went to the last 20 minutes of the story, then immediately erased it from my device and computer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 08-01-10
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2017
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    "It was good, but not great. then it ended"

    As I was listening I was mentally composing a review. It was good, but not great. I would rate it a 4. It has some great moments; the narration was excellent, but it was very drawn out. Then I got to the ending. That spoiled it.

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    garrett sullivan 07-30-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Can I get a 3.9 rating?!"

    I really liked this book, good storyline and character development. But I was also really glad when I got to the end. It is a long listen so be prepared, and I would not suggest listening to it in THREE DAYS like a previous reviewer. I listened to Kings "IT" right before this one (Another 40+ hours and an extremely great listen) so I'm not sure if I needed to just get to the end and that affected how I felt about the book.

    If you enjoy Scott Brick, you'll enjoy the story as well. It will be really interesting to see where the author takes the story as he is commited to two more books on it as well.

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    Rob NP New Paltz, New York 07-30-10
    Rob NP New Paltz, New York 07-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Pass on the Passage"

    Overhyped...way too long...once you move into the 100 year passage ...only one word can describe it...BORING!!!!
    Who cares about these people...and ITS not a vampire story....SciFi yes but not a good one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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