The Passage : The Passage Trilogy

  • by Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Series: The Passage Trilogy
  • 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

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What the Critics Say

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” (Stephen King)
“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bona fide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

You love it or you hate it...

There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with this book. The same goes for the narration...I think you either generally love Scott Brick as narrator (he's one of my favorites), or you can't stand him.

I didn't read a lot of the hype before listening to the book, so I didn't know what to expect. I like to try out different books from time to time, and I saw that it was long and only one credit, so I got it for my long commute to work. Glad I did.

First of all, this is not a cheerful book. It is at times uplifting, and at others very depressing. It is about vampires, but not the "traditional" vampires we're usually hearing about. And no one "sparkles" in this story, trust me. I thought the character development was good. Sometimes things moved slowly, but I never found myself wanting to skip sections. There was always enough going on to keep my interest. It's also like two stories in one. There is a bit about the world before, and then the story about what happens after. Not immediately after, as in the Stand, but a few generations later. I found that to be very interesting.

It is VERY long. That in itself doesn't work for some people. I myself enjoy long, rich stories, and that's what I feel I got with this one. There's a lot of description, which I enjoy but others may find dull. I was a bit annoyed with the ending, but I understand that this is to be part of a larger work (trilogy, I think) so it's more understandable.

Overall, if you can handle a long, depressing but sometimes uplifting story that is rich in detail but sometimes a bit on the slow side, give this a try. You might love it...or you might hate it.
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- Nicole

THE END OF THE WORLD WAS HOUSTON, TX.

GREY COULDN'T WORK A HEAD OF STEAM OVER THAT
I know I am impatient, but 4 and a half hours and nothing has happened. Nothing!!! In reading the other reviews it seems nothing is going to happen. I don't have a problem with long books. I love Stephen King, James Michener, Robin Hobb, Robert McCammon, Byrce Courtney and others that often write long books, but they have things happening. The detail and the background this author goes into are mind numbing. It reads more like a journal of daily events instead of a story.

PLEASE, YOUR MAKING ME SAD
I did get into the first chapter. It was a cliché story about a girl who has a baby to a married man and latter turns into a whore. Even though it was cliché it was written well enough, that I really felt bad for all the characters. The sadness did not stop there. Every chapter is about some poor loser, it is very depressing.

Scott Brick
This was a middle of the road performance. At times he falls into his old habit of emoting and at times he has that strange cadence going on, but not all the time. Had the story been more interesting, I could have handled it.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio