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Publisher's Summary

Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future…. Until they were selected for a secret experiment….to create something more than human.

Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick. Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and Macbeth.

In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Marcelle
  • Goonellabah, Australia
  • 01-19-13

'Viral' post-apocalyptic adventure #2.

At the end of reading 'The Passage', part one of Justin Cronin's triology, there was no doubt that I would immediately buy 'The Twelve' and I was not disappointed. The Twelve picks up where The Passage left of and continues the adventure at the same pace and excitement as the first book. This time the story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, or more accurately, a satisfying resting point, while setting the scene for the finale, 'The City of Mirrors'. I'm waiting impatiently...

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  • Mark
  • Howrah, Australia
  • 01-03-13

A quality writer and a great plot!

I was a huge fan of The Passage so was awaiting the release of the next installment with great enthusiasm. The Twelve did not dissapoint, it delivered with regards to both plot and character development. The writing was magnificent and the performance was excellent, which only enhanced the story and made this one of the most pleasurable experiences I have had with an audio book.

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  • Sharon
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 05-07-14

Not especially surprising end to this series

This book really added very little to the first. It wasn't full of surprises, rather it just rounded out what we thought would happen after the first book ended.

Narrator - The narrator did quite well with no serious inconsistencies with accents and so forth. I felt that the narrator did nothing to add to the story but did nothing to detract from it either.

Story - Fairly mundane to tell the truth. It sometimes felt like the author got a little lost with his characters. Some of the characters appeared to behave in ways that did not ring true. Having said that I am glad that I finished the series.

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An Awesome Continuation!!!

Great continuation to the story. There is no way to know where the story is going to take you which is wonderful. I simply can not wait for the third and final book of the trilogy.

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  • Martin
  • Ojersjo, Sweden
  • 09-17-13

Still doesn't know what it wants to be

I reviewed the first book in this series and my conclusion was that it didn't know what it wanted to be. It started out as a mystery thriller with suspense, action and well developed characters. It was interesting. Then it turned into a Mad Max with zombie vampires, and shallow characters. This books goes even further. It has flash-backs to the 'present day' of the first book. Here characters start to get interesting again, and it's like Justin Cronin is back on his own turf. But then you are taken forward to the time period of the second half of the first book. However, now it starts to become more of a fantasy setting, with super humans and sorceresses and fairy tale loyal horses and what have you. At the same time it's a 1984 Big Brother setting with a V for Vendetta coating, or perhaps it is a concentration camp story. The characters that seemed interesting have become caricatures of despotic leaders and their actions and motifs are very much a cliché. Again ther rule change. Suddenly humans can assimilate some of the vampire powers, and become dictators. The vampires are not that much of a threat really and they can all be easily wiped out. Humans are the true threat to humanity. Whaaat?

In this book Scott Brick's over-dramatic narration felt more at home, or perhaps the constant change of story line made me oversee the narration.

Why did I listen to the second book of a series I apparently do not like very much. Well, there is still something to it, so I have to give it a pass with three out of five.

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  • Andy
  • North Shore City, New Zealand
  • 08-28-13

A worthy follow up to The Passage

What made the experience of listening to The Twelve the most enjoyable?

Scott Brick brings life to each of the characters so you can just lose yourself in them and the story.

What did you like best about this story?

A great follow on from the 1st book.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's Mr Audiobook. No other narrarter seems to bring the depth of narration to books that he does.

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Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve?

All of it

Which scene was your favorite?

Book Two

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Amy, but cant say why, it may ruin the read for someone

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Liz
  • East Mackay, Australia
  • 01-23-13

so slow

i was really looking forward to this book counting down days. it was slow confusing and jumpy, you would start to relate then it would jump to someone new. i put it down pick it back up put it down again. i like my books to keep me guessing and wanting more, to consume my thoughts. this was painfull i only gave it the chance because i loved the first one so much..

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  • TSUK79
  • 07-17-16

even better the second time

read these books when they first came out, loved the audio narration. about to start the third book, doing it directly on audio because of how much I've enjoyed

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  • Daniel
  • 04-02-16

Flawless performance of a fantastic book

Flyers! Where to start with my review? Firstly, Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. He brings characters to life, he creates images in my mind that I wouldn't particularly get from reading the book.

Secondly, I have never cried over a book before... until now. I feel a deep connection with the characters and even on my second read through I cried at the second to last chapter of The Twelve.

In preparation for the third and final book (which has been released today) I have listened back through The Passage and The Twelve and both have been just as good, if not better than the first time I listened to them.

Definitely my favourite book trilogy of all time.

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  • DEBORAH
  • 11-12-16

Excellent

A brilliantly written book amazing listen, I loved it can't wait for the last book already bought it.

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  • J
  • 11-11-16

Skeptic

was introduced t this series by my husband and I admit I wasn't convinced by his description of the books. I loved it, the first book was encapsulating and I didn't think it could be followed and again I was proven wrong. loved every second

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  • Jessica
  • 11-07-16

Glad I made it to the end!

With the first book I found that after part 1 I didn't want to read anymore, it felt like it had 'finished' (without giving too much away!) The middle part was really slow as you had to learn about the new characters, and then it got better again towards the end!
With this book I liked the fact that it went back in to the past and you got to learn more things about what had happened, but I really struggled to find the enthusiasm to finish it!
I have already purchased book three and look forward to reading it!

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  • chris cain
  • 10-19-16

Got a bit lost

I found this book harder and the 1st, it started off better but I got a bit lost with the amount of characters and lost my way a little. Now it was still good and I finished it in a week, but I'm not as excited to start the last book... after investing 60hours of life I feel I have to! Although I have other books in my list I would prefer to start, so this isn't a good sign. Onward regardless...

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  • K. Bridges
  • 10-09-16

Fantastic listen

The second in the trilogy is just as compelling, if not even more so. I love the narration which definitely adds to the overall experience and I love the fact that every single character has their place. I'm off to listen to "The City of Mirrors"...

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  • Anne
  • 09-12-16

... I found this, the 2nd. bk. VERY disturbing -

-but & @ the same time totally alluring as well...
?A tad 'paradoxical', if you will!

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  • Howard
  • 08-30-16

The series gets better and better

Thoroughly enjoyed the second book (and straight on to book 3 for me). Love Scott Brick's performance, will hunt out more of his work.

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  • fuzzy
  • 07-14-16

Great Book

Fantastic story. can't wait for the last one. Thank you author and the great narrayor

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  • Chrissie
  • 05-18-16

Fantastic book, can't wait for the nezt

A must read if you enoyed number one....what a great ending. Bring on number three

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  • Akos
  • 04-22-16

excellent and gripping!!!

It held me fast like superglue - very gripping!!! I could not put it down...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-17

very good listen

loved it! Enjoying the different roles played. Very enjoyable listen. Look forward to the next book ☺

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  • M. J. Jenkins
  • 06-24-17

Great part 2 of the trilogy

I've read the book before and was looking forward to listening to the Audible version - especially having enjoyed Part 1 so much.
I took too long to listen to this book end to end, which impacted my overall enjoyment. That said the narration is second to none and the story finishes perfectly...setting the scene for Part 3 Looking forward to hearing that.

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  • Narelle
  • 03-02-17

The twelve

Loved the first book - couldn't finish this one !
Long winded story that just drags . Wouldn't recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-17

Showing that a long book can be a good book

Second in the set, and still going strong.
Usually a writer will start to lose his way after the first book if too epic. But in this case he has improved on his original style and rounded it even further. Without using the same formula as the first.

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  • Tracey
  • 10-01-16

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very hard work to read. a dissapointing purchase.

narrator enjoyable to listen to. story line very difficult to keep u with

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  • Mark
  • 09-03-16

Started with a bang but then fizzed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not offer a strong recommendation, as I only enjoyed the early to mid stages of the book before the story line took a disappointing turn. The book started really well 4 star but then declined to 2 star at the end.

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

The characters in the first part of this book were awesome one new character in particular (last stand in Denver) that does not give to much away but this part of the book was really good. If the author could have incorporated this into book one the Passage then the Passage would be 4-5 star

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

Can't remember his name but he was the character that "last stand in Denver" was based on awesome character.

Did The Twelve inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

My Journey now ends this the sequel overall though I enjoyed the Experience of the Passage and first half of The Twelve. Thanks to The author.

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  • Brett
  • 08-10-16

This trilogy just gets better.

I enjoyed this probably more than the first one as i thought it was easier to follow. Love the story and look forward to listening to the last one.

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  • graeme
  • 07-14-16

Over complicated and boring.

What would have made The Twelve better?

Simplify things. Stop using the same phrases over and over.

Has The Twelve put you off other books in this genre?

No. But need a definite break.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Only has about 2 voices in his repertoire.