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The Passengers

Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”

Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man. 

From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, "Which of these people should we save? ...And who should we kill first?"

Read by Clare Corbett, Roy McMillan, Tom Bateman, Shaheen Khan, Kristin Atherton, and Patience Tomlinson

©2019 John Marrs (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A fast-paced thriller that offers a discourse on morality and ethics…Marrs excels at thrilling readers by creating a real sense of tension and delivering a believeable, harsh criticism of modern society through this dark and entertaining story. Driving…will never feel quite the same.” (LA Times)

"One can almost hear the Hollywood music in the background as the action unfolds; the plot twists are truly gripping…Summer blockbuster entertainment at its best. All that's missing is a slo-mo pre-disaster montage.” (Kirkus Reviews)  

“I absolutely loved it. It sucked me right in and kept me gripped right until the end. With some real jaw dropping moments, it was an edge of your seat read.” (Claire Allen, USA Today best-selling author of Her Name is Rose

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Thought provoking

I enjoyed the first part of the novel, it was suspenseful and very interesting. The last section lost me- it was very good up until then. The narrators were great and well chosen for their parts.

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 09-12-19

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT ...

I love stories that I still have to think about after I've read them, and this audiobook is one of them. A little too long but the author keeps the story moving. Terrific narration and great ending: you can't go wrong with this one.

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  • 09-11-19

2 halves don’t make a whole!!

This book started strong and kept me engaged throughout the “journey”. Unfortunately things took a detour when the “journey” ended. The second half of the book seemed to delve into how things ultimately turned out for the passengers and while I was interested in some of them, I didn’t think the second half of the book needed to be devoted to the “aftermath”.
I would give the first half 4 stars and the second half 3 stars. I guess that ultimately ends up at 3.5.

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Buy this book!

Once again, John Marrs has outdone himself. He has taken two timely subjects (driverless cars and artificial intelligence) and crafted an on-the-edge-of-your-seat book rife with twists and turns at every corner. His characters are well developed and engaging. Just when you think you know where he’s taking you, you are in for another surprise! This book would certainly be a box office smash if it becomes a film. Kudos to the performers, too.

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Extremely Disturbing...!!.. Beware..!!

Horrible, ghastly, upsetting, demeaning, terrible, infuriating, unbearable, unnecessary, alarming, worthless, exasperating, nauseating,
Waste of time

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