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- Listening Length: 26 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 15, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009RFGP8K
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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The book is great in that it shows how the characters have grown, gone are the days when they were just kids in California. Their adventures have hardened them into warriors. Maybe that is why this book isn't as hauntingly scary as the first, the characters themselves just are scared. Theyre prepared.
The shortcomings of the book can be overlooked, you'll read about two hundred pages of a story line that has no effect on the main plot and it almost feels as if its just a filler for the book to make it longer than 300 pages. Considering this book is almost 200 pages less then the first. Hopefully the third will offer an explanation. That being said, there are also some unexplained instances in the book yet again. Characters knowing who they are, looking them in the eye is only used one, and the classic line is never even mention, sadly... "vampires say ahh"
Like the author’s first book in this series, The Passage, I loved this book. But unlike The Passage, which I rated five stars, I’m giving this a four star. I felt it just misses for a few reasons. Several times at the start of a new section of the book, I had trouble understanding where it was taking place and what was the timeframe. He moves back and forth from present to the past, which is fine, but it was disorienting to try and figure out where in the timeline I was reading. I had a little trouble understanding some of the characters and whether they had been in earlier scenes. A few times after reading several hundred pages, the plot would then reference a character who may have been in earlier scenes, but I was often unsure. I felt this created some confusion.
The few critical issues won’t prevent me from reading the final book in the series. I’m happily hooked on this series.
I should note I'm not generally a fan of vampire stories - the last time I enjoyed one was Anne Rice's "Interview with a Vampire" when I was in high school...but by the time I'd read a few pages into Cronin's trilogy and finally realized what it was about, I was already hooked and couldn't put it down.
The reason I think this trilogy appeals to me so much is that Cronin's lyrical writing style still comes through. It's neither obtuse nor exaggerated - not a word is wasted. His characters are fully fleshed out - it's as if you know each one of them. They're real people, with faults and flaws - even the so-called heroes aren't perfect. The women are especially powerful, which is fairly unusual and great to see.
This is a fun, relatively easy (albeit long) read that compels you to turn the pages as quickly as possible, to see what happens next. Whenever I had to stop reading (to eat, sleep, work), I couldn't stop thinking about it. The length can be daunting (though I'll admit, I tend to enjoy longer reads - as long as they're well-written), but this one is well worth the time spent. I've seen the trilogy compared to Stephen King's "The Stand" (which I also enjoyed) and would agree there are plenty of similarities...though this one feels more hopeful, more positive, to me.
Admittedly, there are myriad strands of the story stitched together throughout the book, so if my attention wandered, I sometimes struggled to keep the storyline or search my memory for certain characters. But in time, it all came together (like a great novel should, in my opinion) and I was left wanting more. I can't wait for the third to be released in 2014!
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