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The Passage

A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
Written by: Justin Cronin
Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

Now a FOX TV series! THE PASSAGE airs Mondays at 9/8c.

Named one of the 10 best novels of the year by time and one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report, NPR/On Point, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage, and Library Journal.

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”  

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy - abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape - but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world. 

Look for the entire Passage trilogy: 
 

  • The Passage
  • The Twelve
  • The City of Mirrors

Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Mythic storytelling.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“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: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.” (Time)

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.” (The Dallas Morning News)

“Addictive.” (Men’s Journal)

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.” (Parade

©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Random House

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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Very engaging!

The story unfolds slowly and builds with action at various stages to keep the reader engaged. I like longer books, and this one keep me entertained - so much so that I decided to get the 2nd and 3rd book in the series. The narrator was excellent as well.
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Great read with great value!

I read the book because I saw they were coming up with a show on FOX. I'm usually a fan on the post apocalyptic zombie genre so I figured I'd give this a shot. I was confused initially with the time jump but things fell in place quickly. it's definitely a detailed listen and you get great value for your credit! I'm excited to finish the rest of the series! #Audible1

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  • Tia
  • 2018-09-13

Amazing!

I fell in love with this series by selecting this audiobook on a whim. The narration and story were my second favourite audiobook of all time (and that's second to Harry Potter so that's saying A LOT). Scott Brick is one of the best audiobook performers i have ever listened to; i think he could turn any book into a work of art. #Audible1

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Amazing story!

Liked the different voices!
Great across the time spans! Voice acting amazing. Details of the world very vivid.

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Couldn't listen to it fast enough!

Not only this book but the entire series was excellent. I really enjoyed the story line and the charters and they way they developed.

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loved it!

Every time I listen to it it gets even better! now, on to "The twelve"

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  • Randall
  • 2018-06-29

A new type of vampire


The Passage is a well written novel about vampires, with a new and creative twist. I thought the first several hours laid out a good foundation to the rest of the story. Justin Cronin did a wonderful job in the introduction of all the main characters. They were well thought out and interesting. Overall the book was pretty good. I look forward to book number two.

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  • Atomic Punk
  • 2017-01-02

BORING!!!!!

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or the narrators?

Maybe

Has The Passage turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

No one could save this book.

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

This book never gets going. I was very disappointed. I stopped this book and listened to I am Legend again.

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  • happy_with_it
  • 2016-08-13

Wast of my time

Pretty weak story that too way too long to poorly tell. Considering the subject matter, there's very little suspense. Save your time!

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  • kenny
  • 2016-06-15

Horrible!!!!!!!!!

Couldn't finish. let's get to know a character in depth. learn all about their life then only use them for chapter, and continue that process over and over again. no constant to this just a random assortment. I'm about 10 hours in and once again it's a whole new set of people I just don't care about.

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  • PJMartin
  • 2016-03-08

OMG! So boring!

I really wanted to like this book but I can't. The first part was intriguing, then it jumped 100 years into the future and completely lost me. I've listened to 20 hours and just can't bring myself to go any further without someone sticking bamboo shoots under my nails! The narrator is monotone and soft, like he's reading a child's fairy tale . . . even during the few exciting parts. Was he trying to put me to sleep?! The story drags on and on and on without making much progress in the plot. Character development just isn't there. The characters are as flat as the narrator. I just don't see that the high ratings were justified.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-23

awful

Scot brick the narrator is annoying to listen to. book may have been better with another narrator

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  • ND Irish Fan
  • 2013-12-31

Waste of a good credit

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

The writer has verbal diarrhea. Needlessly overwrites every description, every minuscule, unimportant detail - so much so that the plot gets totally lost. The story takes forever to get moving, and you could say it never gets moving much... But then it jumps ahead 100 years. Not an enjoyable book and one of the only books I've never finished. Waste of a credit or $.

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

Good Lord, man, learn the axiom less is more. For example, 15+ minutes to describe a man having to relieve his bladder on a long road trip? C'mon. Did you think you were being paid by the word?

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

Narrator is awesome. Up to great performance like the others I've heard him read.

Any additional comments?

Terribly written book.

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  • Steve
  • 2012-10-27

Is it depressing or just awful?

What disappointed you about The Passage?

It was waaaay too long and there was almost no action. It was touted by some reviews as a very good novel. I found it tedious and boring and not at all believeable. The characters were wooden and talked in scripted lines. There was no life in this story at all.
I wanted to quit listening many times and if not for a touch of OCD in my DNA I would have.

Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

No, absolutely not. There is no story here.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

I used to like Scott but on a long read such as this he gets a little smarmy. He sounds like an old Calvinist preacher on Thai stick.

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

hopeless boredom, dissappointment and sadness over losing the credits and listening time...

Any additional comments?

I am a Mikey Likes It kind of guy. I usually like every movie, book, meal, party, game, whatever. Rarely do I not like something. I hated this book.

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  • A. Cohen
  • 2010-10-16

Was he paid by the word?

The hype surrounding this book was extraordinarily positive. Unfortunately, I have been very disappointed.
I felt that the premise for the book was very creative, and had great potential. However, I don't believe I have come across an author who stretched out a narrative with such exhausting emptiness. For all its length, this is not really an epic tale. This is a plot story, without interesting characters, observational insight or psychological nuance. The vampire-virus conceit is not particularly scary, disturbing, campy or sexy. The writer draws out inconsequential details of activities, while breaking up the time line into a patchwork somewhat disconnected stories; the result renders the characters to placeholders or passersby, and the entire exposition lost its ability to make me care about anyone or what happens next. This is a story that could be seriously abridged; there was so little going forward in the story that I could multitask for long periods of time without missing a thing. I don't think I will be lining up for the next two volumes of the trilogy.
I don't even think that if the story could be repackaged as an HBO series or an Avatar like animation. The story is too disjointed.
Scott Brick comes across pretty flat in this reading, but I don't know if that is his fault. His strong point is earnestness, but this is a tale that is too boring to hold conviction over its length. The sentence structure of Mr. Cronin's writing lacks finesse of verb, adjective, metaphor and his dialog fails to evoke tension or reveal character. There is not much for Mr. Brick to work with.
This book has now been reviewed by thousands of readers with an average rating of over 3.7 indicating that many have loved it. Perhaps it is just not my cup of tea.

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  • Richard
  • 2010-09-18

What a waste of 40 hours

This book is bad. A melodrama -- read by a melodramatic reader -- that is a blatant screenplay desperately seeking to be picked up for a movie production. It's full of action phrases ("coiled", "sprang into action", square jaw", "exploded", "burst into" this that or the other, ad infinitum), whilst character development is moronic when its decent, awful most of the time. The only good parts are the recollections from the diaries, which unfortunately happen in very very very few places. And the ending is worthless, perhaps looking for the sequel book (and movie).

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  • ChiCan
  • 2016-12-13

A road trip like no other

Captivating while not completely original, a book that is difficult to put down. Not for those unwilling to stay the course.