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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

Critic Reviews

“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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A new type of vampire


The Passage is a well written novel about vampires, with a new and creative twist. I thought the first several hours laid out a good foundation to the rest of the story. Justin Cronin did a wonderful job in the introduction of all the main characters. They were well thought out and interesting. Overall the book was pretty good. I look forward to book number two.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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WAY TOO MUCH FILLER

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book has way too much filler, the author goes into character background too much and takes away from the main story. Even characters that end up being irrelevant and one that get killed off. If you trim the fat then the main course is a good story line.

Was The Passage worth the listening time?

Worth the listening time? The main narrator brings life to the story. If I sat down to read this book I would have never finished it. Kuddos to Scott Brick keeping me somewhat interested

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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too slow

after reading the extinction series, I thought this one would be just as intense and edge of your seat exciting. it wasn't. the action scenes mounted up to equal about an 2 hours total and this book is 36hrs long! I need more...

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Too slow at start

Actually fell asleep listening to this one. The build up of the characters took almost half of the book.
Use fast forward and 2.5 speed for most of it.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Tabitha
  • DALLAS, GA, United States
  • 10-20-16

it droned on and on ceaselessly!!!

while the story was great it could have been buttoned up much quicker parts of the book just seemed to drone On and On Without End unnecessarily

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blah blah blah

good concept, bad exicution .
drags on and on. a good editor would have made a big difference.
and what an ending. really. ? terrible
if your a young or new reader you may be able to enjoy this . it's aimed at young people.
I'm an old hand who goes through a book a week

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Couldn't get into it (spoilers)

Book started out strong but as others mentioned the time skip hurt it for me. I never cared about the new characters and found relationships I was supposed to care about to be hollow (Peter and Alisha for example).

There were some stretches that were interesting and kept my attention but by the end I realized that I am getting off this train. I don't mind long books, I've read and listened to much longer, but this book did nothing to justify its length.

Btw. If you want us to think that the near death of a main character at the end is supposed to be suspenseful then please don't reference earlier at all the great things that character will do later through it's life. Funny I actually wanted the character to die. Thought it might mix things up enough to find an interesting story to tell.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Slow, agonizing (at least the start)

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or the narrators?

Narrator was okay, story is painful

What was most disappointing about Justin Cronin’s story?

It was simultaneously slow paced and the subject matter was painful

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Okay

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Passage?

The graphic abuse

Any additional comments?

I was hoping for a good fantasy read, but this was a horrendously slow-paced tale of wife abuse that I found so painful to read (listen) that I had to stop. Maybe I stopped too soon... it's gotten some great reviews. But it was just so agonizing in its graphic portrayal of abuse that I could not bear to go on any further.

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Boring incoherent book

If you have higher than everage IQ and are able to think. Do not buy this book. Long winded book with lots of vain repetitions and no real events. Trying to fake emotions without giving you anything to feel empathy about. This author shold get a real job.

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Terrible

This is one of the worst books I have ever had the displeasure of reading. I understand the need for backstory, and I can appreciate the depth and length the author goes to. but there are to many characters to keep up with. it takes a good ten chapters to get to the crux, then the book bores you to death with all the minutiae of needless description. You never fully grasp how the events unfold, or who or how they come to pass. I'm sorry it's a trilogy, seventy-five chapters would be sufficient to tell the story. I will not recommend, nor will I look to finish the series. Thirty plus hours wasted.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful