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- Listening Length: 36 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 8, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003QL14NC
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The comparisons to Stephen King's "The Stand" seem apt and, I believe, will be widespread. And in case anyone has a passing interest on where I fall on "The Stand," I think it's the best book of its type that I've ever read. Although the books are quite different in plotting and structure, thematically they share much. From the veritable destruction of the world as we know it, to the efforts to rebuild some semblance of a new world order, to the ultimate confrontation between good an evil replete with the requisite supernatural underpinnings--both books challenge ordinary citizens to rise to extraordinary levels to champion the human cause. In the right hands, these apocalyptic epics can be unforgettable--and I'll just say that Cronin's hands are quite capable.
Don't misunderstand the King reference, however, "The Passage" stands as its own unique portrait of a ravaged future. It's just that there are so few horror novels that set out to accomplish so much in storytelling.Read more ›
There have only been a few books that I resorted to 'skimming' through in my entire reading history. I'm normally driven to read every word. However, I felt that there was so much filler, and situational redundancy, that wasn't integral toward driving the plot, that I simply lost the personal investment. I did revive my flagging attention span toward the end. Unfortunately, the end left me scratching my head, too, not quite comprehending the spiritual, and metaphysical viewpoints setting up for the sequel. I resigned that we were moving from mans' fight for survival toward the fantasy realm. In my personal assessment, this was throwing too many berries into the pie.
The military, bio-warfare, experiment gone awry, is not a new theme, but I had high expectations for this epic after reading the marketing campaign. I did not feel that it offered competition for 'The Stand,' or 'I am Legend,' both of which offered unforgettable characters.Read more ›
I got this book on Tuesday, read until my eyes were blurry and then snuck out of bed to sit in the icy cold living room so late at night (or early, depending on your point of view) to finish this book.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this book is addictive.
First of all, I should tell you a little about my reading history. I've read The Stand, The Strain, Andromeda Strain, Red Storm Rising, One Second After, The Descent and World War Z, I could go on, but if you recognize any of these titles you will know that I have a thing for everything-goes-to-hell books.
The Passage, in my opinion, is as good as, if not better than the best of these novels.
I've gotten a bit jaded in my reading. Not only does it take more to shock me, it takes more characters, more excitement and mystery to keep me reading past the first five pages. When I read about the Passage on one of my favorite book review sites, I was interested, but not jumping up and down with glee to read it. After all, this was a book about Vampires.
I've read a lot of vampire fiction lately, and the bloodthirsty fangers just aren't as thrilling to me as they used to be. There's just two kinds of vamp books, good vamps and bad vamps. Count Dracula, Lestat, Angel and Spike would run away from the vamps in this book.
But, from the first chapter, I was drawn in by the characters. The destined for tragedy Jeanette, Wolgast, whose life has become one long waiting line, Amy, an innocent child with frighteningly wise eyes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent story . Moves at a good pace lots of subtle twist. Great read.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I never thought I could love vampires again. This is probably the best book I have read in the past year.Published 4 days ago by aaron biehl
A throwback to the epics of old. I felt like Cronin hit the nail on the head! A must read without a doubt.Published 4 days ago by Steven C Wilcox
Read the second book on a cruise not realizing there was a first. Loved the second and had to go back to read this one. Looking forward to the third coming out soon!Published 7 days ago by Michelle Marotta
Amazing! The time line is remarkable. Just the way it flows. At first it makes little sense with so many characters that are really important but then you hit that part in the book... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Justin Cronin did a fabulous job. In some ways it was reminiscent of The Stand but a very different story. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Al Lachner
Can't wait to read the next book in the series
Fantastic new take on an old tale
The characters are so real
Full of spiraling, complex story lines. At times it was hard to discern what/whom the author was talking about, but overall a great read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer