Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead....
Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence....
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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death....
Books 1-3 and the prequel novella of the Breakers series....
In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil....
This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series....
For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages....
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet....
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories....
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“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.
There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with this book. The same goes for the narration...I think you either generally love Scott Brick as narrator (he's one of my favorites), or you can't stand him.
I didn't read a lot of the hype before listening to the book, so I didn't know what to expect. I like to try out different books from time to time, and I saw that it was long and only one credit, so I got it for my long commute to work. Glad I did.
First of all, this is not a cheerful book. It is at times uplifting, and at others very depressing. It is about vampires, but not the "traditional" vampires we're usually hearing about. And no one "sparkles" in this story, trust me. I thought the character development was good. Sometimes things moved slowly, but I never found myself wanting to skip sections. There was always enough going on to keep my interest. It's also like two stories in one. There is a bit about the world before, and then the story about what happens after. Not immediately after, as in the Stand, but a few generations later. I found that to be very interesting.
It is VERY long. That in itself doesn't work for some people. I myself enjoy long, rich stories, and that's what I feel I got with this one. There's a lot of description, which I enjoy but others may find dull. I was a bit annoyed with the ending, but I understand that this is to be part of a larger work (trilogy, I think) so it's more understandable.
Overall, if you can handle a long, depressing but sometimes uplifting story that is rich in detail but sometimes a bit on the slow side, give this a try. You might love it...or you might hate it.
281 of 302 people found this review helpful
Since listening to this trilogy I have yet to find another book to be as compelling. I decided to listen to The Passage because I ran out of books and while not my usually genre I was completely hooked. To say this trilogy was amazing is an understatement, and I believe it's because of the moral of the story which I won't reveal. So, as I continue to peruse book after book on audible's site for my next listen, this story continues to stay with me.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I like Stephen King and other horror writers, so I thought I'd give this a shot, even though the size was a little daunting, and I'd never heard of this Justin Cronin person.
Halfway through listening to the first downloaded section, I caught myself thinking about the book and the characters when I wasn't listening. I found myself sneaking five minutes here, ten minutes there. I enjoy the other horror novels I read or listen to, but not enough to sneak them.
Why this book and not the others? This one's just well-written. There's no other way to say it: The Passage doesn't just go for the gore. The questions are big; the characters are breathing. The world is our world, and also not our world. The gore's in there too, but it's evocative and interesting--not just splatter.
As usual, Scott Brick does a fantastic job with narration. I know he's not for everybody, but he's definitely one of my favorites. And as I mentioned, the author is just plain talented. The quality of his prose stands up to any "literary" novel on the market.
And finally, as for the "vampire" aspect, Twilight fans be warned: these vampires are not sparkly, or polite, or restrained in any way. They're good old-fashioned predators. Prepare to be terrified! I can't wait for the sequels.
97 of 115 people found this review helpful
GREY COULDN'T WORK A HEAD OF STEAM OVER THAT
I know I am impatient, but 4 and a half hours and nothing has happened. Nothing!!! In reading the other reviews it seems nothing is going to happen. I don't have a problem with long books. I love Stephen King, James Michener, Robin Hobb, Robert McCammon, Byrce Courtney and others that often write long books, but they have things happening. The detail and the background this author goes into are mind numbing. It reads more like a journal of daily events instead of a story.
PLEASE, YOUR MAKING ME SAD
I did get into the first chapter. It was a cliché story about a girl who has a baby to a married man and latter turns into a whore. Even though it was cliché it was written well enough, that I really felt bad for all the characters. The sadness did not stop there. Every chapter is about some poor loser, it is very depressing.
This was a middle of the road performance. At times he falls into his old habit of emoting and at times he has that strange cadence going on, but not all the time. Had the story been more interesting, I could have handled it.
53 of 63 people found this review helpful
Had I known this was a book about vampires, I probably would not have purchased it. That would have been unfortunate. Had I predicated my decision to spend a credit upon my listen to the sample narration, that too would have been a mistake. The narration is brilliant.
The characters come alive with this incredibly captivating story, a unique and engaging story that I could not put down. Recommendation: Get this book while it's still only one credit. Oh, it's two credits now? It's still a bargain. This book is destined to be a classic.
104 of 130 people found this review helpful
Make no mistake, this is a vampire story. It harkens back to classic vampire tales, in which the vampire was a metaphor for our fear of contagion. In this version, the contagion isn't metaphorical, it is literal.
Good horror must touch on our greatest fears, and plague/contagion is one humans have faced for centuries. Perhaps because we have been less fearful of plagues in recent decades, modern vampire stories focus on the superhero qualities of vampires, and their sex appeal. That doesn't work for me. A vampire must be dreadful, not charming, and needs teeth and claws, not a samurai sword. And they are never good. I just cannot understand the appeal of the ubiquitous angst-ridden-teen modern vampire stories. Cudos to the author for getting back to basics.
I almost didn't buy this book, however, because Scott Brick is the narrator. I would echo the other comments about his style. This is a long book, and that means a whole lot of Scott Brick. Still, it was well worth the read. It seems like it was written with sequels in mind. Maybe a different narrator next time.
84 of 105 people found this review helpful
Ok, I don't like the vampire genre. This is not that.
I was frustrated after getting this book that it seemed like a vampire novel.
But,.. I could not put it down. The story and the characters are all worth the time invested.
I love the emotions and loyalty that surfaces out of the darkness of the story. I love the odd twists that the story takes. Yes, I am looking forward to the sequel.
I would hate to spend 2 credits on any book, but this is one credit well spent. The hours involved are well worth it.
This book is a journey. and one that should continue.
Even if you don't like Stephen King,.. I do, but then if you do like Robert Jordan, or Brandon Sanderson,.. you will like this. It is good!
68 of 86 people found this review helpful
Yup, it's almost 37 hours long, but it's the kind of book in which that kind of length makes you SO GLAD.
I began this book on an 8-hour drive. When I got home I literally ran out of chores do while I listened. I had to force myself to turn it off so I could get some sleep.
I even listened at the grocery store -- I don't recommend doing that, by the way. I forgot half of what was on my shopping list. At one point I caught myself staring blankly in the Paper Goods aisle -- for how long? Five? Ten minutes? -- because THE LIGHTS! THEY WENT OUT!
I've already ordered a hardcover copy as a birthday gift for my college-age son. He's gonna love it.
45 of 57 people found this review helpful
I had a totally different response than the majority of reviewers...I found this book to be way over-written and finally pretentious.
I listened to the whole thing (I can't believe I listened to the whole thing...) and during the endless listen, lost track of most characters as they blended together and even lost track of where they were or what they were doing.
So much is internal dialogue that sounds the same as other characters, so differentiating among them was difficult and I never got to know any of them. This is probably sacrilege, but a large part of the difficulty was Scott Brick's breathy, monotonous tone that was the same for every character including all the action.
I understand that the ending is meant for two more books, but when I finally had listened to almost thirty-seven hours and the ending was that kind of ending, are you kidding?
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
This book had me telling people about this wonderful book with interesting people in it that were caught up in some engrossing stories. But then it happend! The book shot ahead 100 years and a new book started! No kidding, it seemed to me it was written by a different author as well. It went from great to something that did little to interest me. It went from interesting to drawn out. It pains me to say anything bad about a book because just because I don't like something doesn't mean you wont unless we have the same taste but I feel the need to point out what I see as a problem in this book!
100 of 131 people found this review helpful