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Publisher's Summary

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...

The Twelve

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[A] blockbuster." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." ( Time)

What members say

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    3 out of 5 stars
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A pale,disjointed sequel to"The Passage".

The first in series "The Passage" was a real page turning character driven trip to a better place, whereas "The Twelve" seemed to be written in a whole other style, loosely put together ,and severely lacking in character depth and feel. I enjoyed it, but was overall disappointed ,and do not plan to delve into the third installment unfortunately.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Dissapointing

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

I LOVED The Passage. I was very excited when The Twelve was released. However, after listening for hours and hours, I would find my mind wandering, it was like the story just droned on and on. After the "bad vampire" was taken care of, I stopped listening. I couldn't believe there was still and hour left in the book. In other words, I found it boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

Yes

Was The Twelve: A Novel worth the listening time?

No. It could have been much shorter.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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Honestly I have no idea what good thing to say.

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

Maybe.

Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Scott Brick.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Umm is was dark and depressing. It was also twisted and deal with the dirtiest of humanity...delving into their sociology and personality. It just really made you want to rid yourself of the memory of it.....there needs to be a warning if you have a tendency like I do to feel depressed because this is a very dark book.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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Not as good at the first book

What did you like best about The Twelve: A Novel? What did you like least?

I loved the Passage and was very much looking forward to this new book. I purchased it as soon as it came out, however, it was dissapointing. I have to admit I felt a little cheated with this one. The story seemed dull comparison to the first book. If he writes another sequel I would buy it, with hope that it compares to the first book again.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jimmy
  • BRAINERD, MN, United States
  • 11-13-12

Not as good as The Passage

What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

Not nearly as good as the passage. Seems slower paced, contrived.

What was most disappointing about Justin Cronin’s story?

Preaching religion.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's okay.

Any additional comments?

Was really looking forward to this book after listening to The Passage. Not looking forward to third book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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Don't be lured by the first one!

What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

It's not on the same level as the first book which I really liked. Story too complex. Confusing. Hard to follow. Characters weak (other than in "The Passage"). The book has its moments but all in all too broad. With a 4 star rating this book is overrated. I would give it 2,5 stars - no more. I had high expectations - maybe that's why I am disappointed...

Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

Most likely I will read part 3, but JC has to improve!

What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

I liked the narrator. Same "style" as in the first book. Without him the ratings would have been worse in my opinion. Good performance.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Has its moments which remind of the first book. All in all too weak.

Any additional comments?

If you didn't like the first book or thought it was "so, so" - hands off this one. You need to be a fan to get through this one.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Wow - Save your $$

What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

The whole thing except for Scott Brick's narration.
What a waste of time and money.

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

Rewrote it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Scott is always great!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boring and too wildly futuristic - way too much fantasy.

Any additional comments?

Sorry I spent the $$ - wish I could get a refund as I could not even finish the first section.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Can I get my money back?

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

Scott Brick is the best! He really needs to watch who he lends his voice to. I loved the first book of this trilogy and looked forward to the Twelve....I finally gave up waiting for it to get better by chapter 10. It's like being inside a schizophrenic mind. If you don't believe me read the Washington Post review. Wish I would have read it first.

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

Wrote with some semblance of order.

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

None

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

How about all of it?

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
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Couldn't get past the first half hour.

What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

I listened to and enjoyed The Passage. The sequel started out with a bunch of pseudo-religious garbage read in exactly the sort of sing song voice you would expect for such nonsense.

Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Admittedly, I'm not a huge sic-fi fan, but I did enjoy The Passage. I certainly won't continue with either this author or reader.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

My favorites are Simon Vance and Simon Preeble (sp?), but I generally enjoy the readers on audible. Not this one.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

I would have thrown the whole thing in waste basket after reading the first chapter.

Any additional comments?

I know it is unfair to write such a negative review after listening to only a half hour or so, but I asked for my credit back on this one.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I'd rather read the yellow pages

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Justin Cronin should have more respect for me as a reader. The Passage was my favorite books this year, at least up until Alicia joins the army and Cronin stops writing and starts summarizing and loses his plot. It seems he never found that plot in the second book. I lasted five chapters and decided to stop. My time is precious.

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

Not write it at all and save the forest. The Passage is a stand alone book. Cronin should have developed the mirrors idea in the last half, as it seemed to be a most crucial plot point. He should have closed the story at the end, and have the virals defeated by the use of mirrors. Trilogies are financially clever, but artistically useless with most stories.

What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

Just read the story, Scott. Give up the constant dramatic tremble. Otherwise, your voice is good and I felt sorry for you, having to read 700 pages of this and trying to give it a meaning.

What character would you cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

N/A. Read five chapters and couldn't find the soul in any of the characters.

Any additional comments?

No more trilogies. If you need more than one book, the story is too long.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful