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The Passengers

Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Passengers by John Marrs.

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

The new gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The One - soon to be a major Netflix series.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife - and parents of two - who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive, but are the passengers all that they first seem?

©2019 John Marrs (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"One of the most exciting, original thriller writers out there, I never miss one of his books." (Simon Kernick)

"It's a real joy to read something totally original, smart and thought provoking." (Peter James) 

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  • Patricia
  • 08-15-19

Intriguing but did rather go on and ruined by sfx

I did not make it to the end of this book and am returning as though the story was good with plenty of twists and I liked the way it encompassed the earlier "The One" which I really enjoyed.
But for anyone who likes to listen in the evening as a way to unwind I found the many and varied music stings which started off a lot the chapters really jarred especially as many of them sounded like ring tones and just as I was about to really relax ARGHHHHH another sound effect jolted me back to full alert.
So I am not sure if it was because it rattled my nerves as the last thing I want to hear when I am trying to wind down is a cacophony of ring tone like music stings, or if it just seemed to be very drawn out, far too implausible or it was just a bit dark for me but I just lost interest. I really liked "When you disappeared", Her Last Move" and "The One" and I would try another John Marrs book but for whatever reason it became plodding for me plus irritating sfx.
I did think the rest of the production was excellent and loved the narration by Kristin Atherton, Roy McMillan, Tom Bateman, Patience Tomlinson and Shaheen Khan but not so much the other female narrator who I always find a bit irritatingly too goody two shoesy.
Bottom line, if you like really relaxing and drifting off listening to an audio book - this is not an audio book I would recommend.

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  • Gabby
  • 06-04-19

Brilliant book!!

Brilliantly written and so current. In the age of artificial intelligence and technology, this is truly terrifying and scarily believable! I for one am never getting into a fully automated vehicle!!
John Marrs is an amazing story teller and makes you engage emotionally with all the characters ! 5 stars!!! You must listen to
This audio book. It’s amazing!!!

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 05-31-19

Intriguing book

Intriguing book and it continues to intrigue all the way through.
I struggled initially as I didn't like any of the characters and by the end of the book I still didn't like them but i didn't feel bored at any point.

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  • Chris Carr
  • 06-04-19

A hell of a ride!

John Marrs, you did it again. Absolutely fantastic! I was hooked from the first chapter. Looking forward to the next one already!

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 10-03-19

Entertaining

I like John Mars - he weaves a good tale.
It was a shame some of the more interesting characters didn’t make it very far but there were plenty of shock reveals to keep me listening in the car, while cleaning and at the gym.
As the story progresses the focus on Internet trolls and voyeurs was depressing - are we really all that mercenary? But all in all a good listen with a healthy dose of escapism.

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  • James
  • 10-02-19

interesting story, great idea but

I found the audio a bit off putting with each chapter having the cringiest news reader ever.
I enjoyed the characters and the story but the book could have ended several times before it eventually did after very thorough but possibly unecessary explanations. that said the actual ending was nicely done and made you think about human behaviour.

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  • D
  • 09-24-19

Great story. Awful narration!

Kristin Atherton strikes again! Not even the lovely Clare Corbett could save this audiobook. As much as I liked the story I definitely feel asleep a few times whenever Atherton's soulless, lifeless voice droned on. And what's worse is she was the main voice. I liked the book, I liked the characters, except Libby. I really enjoyed the social media aspect of it all. But I should've read the book too avoid awful Atherton. Ah well. If you can get past that then you might enjoy this book.

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  • S. Taylor
  • 09-24-19

black mirror

this reminds me a lot of a black mirror episode, dark and thought provoking throughout!

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  • Sally Sumbler
  • 09-18-19

Gripping listen.

Loved this story. listened to it in just 2 days!!! Now I have some work to catch up on!!

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  • Billy
  • 09-16-19

Brilliant! Really enjoyed it

I loved John Marr's The One and I love the way he gets you to know so many characters in a short time and really hits the ground running with short chapters so you can return easily and finish where you left off. I REALLY enjoyed this book and it was great to hear each characters story with a different narrator and you really start to care about the characters and their situation. It raises a lot of questions about how technology is going to affect everyday people like us in the future without being sci-fi themed. There are some brilliant twists that I didn't see coming, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book, but listen to The One first- this book references it a few times. Narrators were good except the female voice that follows the News Bulletin noise. I disagree with people that the sound effects are annoying, I quite enjoyed them and it all ties in nicely with the story.