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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (865 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Whitley Strieber Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781455190553
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December 21, 2012, may be one of the most watched dates in history. Every 26,000 years, Earth lines up with the exact center of our galaxy. At 11:11 on December 21, 2012, this event happens again, and the ancient Maya calculated that it would mark the end of not only this age but also human consciousness as we know it. But what will actually happen? The end of the world? A new age for mankind? Nothing? The last time this happened, Cro-Magnon man suddenly began creating great art in the caves of southern France, which to this day remains one of the most inexplicable changes in human history.

Now Whitley Strieber explores 2012 in a towering work of fiction that will astound readers with its truly new insights and a riveting roller-coaster ride of a story. A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blends equal parts science-fiction thriller, supernatural horror, and provocative spiritual speculation…wildly entertaining. Fans of apocalyptic page-turners like King’s The Stand and Niven and Pournelle’s Lucifer’s Hammer will enjoy this ambitious—and audacious—tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Joe Barrett narrates, complete with over-the-top growls and soap-opera emotions. Every character prospers with his expert portrayals, and none of the protagonists sound anything alike: An army general delivers short, punchy dialogue as he defends the planet while the writer reacts to massacres in breathless shock. This is a perfect match between book and reader.”

    AudioFile

  • “The physical existence of the soul has been discovered. The implications of that discovery drive the action of Strieber’s hyperactive cosmological thriller…It’s immensely entertaining, and it’s optioned for a big, splashy, FX-laden movie. Oh boy!”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Drayer | 2/20/2014

    " Come on all you sci-fi readers...This one is for all of US:) Come and enjoy what could happen on Dec 2012. if you dare.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raul Reyes | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting plot that becomes weaker as the story unfolds... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 2/5/2014

    " I rarely read books like this. I have read a few Stephen King but it is not genre I usually like. This was a kind of fun one. Very imaginative plot. I listened to the audio version. Not heavy but it was entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pennie | 2/4/2014

    " interesting book, held my attention all the way through! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 2/3/2014

    " The title, 2012, is based on the date the our world is due to end according to the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012 and the events leading up to that date in 3 parallel universes. Universe 1 is our present day Earth; Universe 2 has two moons but is parallel to our Earth in every way, including portals that cross between the two, and Universe 3 contains the dinosaurs never died out but continued to evolve and who now want to populate Universe 1 and 2. While the story held my interest enough to finish the book, there were many bouts of confusion among the frustration of poor editing (using the wrong name in several places and misspellings) and, in the end, many unexplained occurrences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 1/17/2014

    " Decent read. Entertaining, good action sequences. Humorous at times... the right kind of humor. Not much else to say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 1/17/2014

    " We all know about the Mayan calendar and the doomsday warning for 2012. We start with an archeologist on a dig and move quickly to an author writing a science fiction book and somewhere along the way the lines get blurry and we are drawn into a parallel universe and earth invasion. Sound confusing? It was a little bit. I had to keep flipping back a little to remember where I was in the layers of parallel in this book. (With due respect to the author I was trying to read the book with the Olympic Games on the television in the background, muted but on) It was not a bad story and it had characters that I enjoyed very much. But all in all, not really my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 1/16/2014

    " An alternate world book, with three worlds to visit. The switching between worlds is rather intrusive, one of the charactors is forced to write a story when one of the other worlds has bad things happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/22/2013

    " Interesting twist to an idea for dec 21,2012. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 12/20/2013

    " I am not really into science fiction at all. This book grabbed me right at the beginning and I loved it till 2/3 through. It changed and I had a hard time finishing it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bethany | 12/16/2013

    " This book has an awesome premise, but I found it unnecessarily violent and very confusing. I liked Strieber's book The Greys better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chels | 12/3/2013

    " I started this book but I didn't have it for very long. The part I read was VERY slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 11/21/2013

    " This book was great; so meta. There was always something happening, so it was hard to put down. There are some religious undercurrents that are not quite so "under" by the end of the book, but it works! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/21/2013

    " This is a page turner, but I'm not sure that I liked how it ended. It seemed too neat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Gray | 6/1/2013

    " this book really kept the excitement and surprise going right up to the end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alfredo | 5/4/2013

    " Both interesting and confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 3/14/2013

    " I was really into alien invasion/cover-ups over the summer, but I have to say I liked the first book, "The Grays," better. "2012" goes off into REALLY weird territory with alternate earths and reptilian races. I like weird, but it seemed a little silly to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 11/18/2012

    " just started, so the 'jurie's still out', but I usually like Whitley Strieber's stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea Ryan | 5/3/2012

    " Exciting read! no greys present in this story, only lizard people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 1/30/2012

    " Started off interesting but fell apart by the end of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew Clanahan | 12/22/2011

    " This book dragged along very slowly for me, and I realize halfway through the book that I was no longer enjoying the story. The writing was mediocre -- decent at best -- and I struggled to finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 10/30/2011

    " As much as I really wanted to like this book, I didn't. It was confusing in parts, boring in other parts, and I only finished it because I hate NOT finishing a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 9/12/2011

    " This was a great idea for a book and it started out very well. However, it just sort of disintegrated into a monster fighting mess at the end - hope that's not really what happens on 12/21/12! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marion | 5/16/2011

    " fantastical look at the future "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie | 2/8/2011

    " This is a horrible book, I made it about half way through before I gave up. The writing and character development was just ugh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2011

    " This was more of a political attack than an entertaining story. Continued reading it for the sole purpose of analyzing the author. Have to admit. It did make me laugh out loud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 11/22/2010

    " This book wasn't as bad as i expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 That70sheidi | 11/13/2010

    " Absolutely tight story, whether you believe in souls, God, aliens, or not. Fabulous pacing and action scenes, really well written with great use of language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 8/5/2010

    " This book was so bad I didn't even bother listening to the last ten minutes, even though there was one more "clincher" to wrap up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 7/20/2010

    " It was ok. Kinda long winded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/18/2010

    " Excellent. Creative. Thought provoking. In this exploration of the theory of quantum physics/multiple universes, this story is a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Independence Day (movie), His Dark Materials and The Host. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan Marie | 6/29/2010

    " It was a real struggle to continue reading this book to its conclusion. Not what I usually expect from Whitley Steiber. Were it not for my personal goal to finish a book once I have begun reading, I would have put this one down and never picked it up again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 6/24/2010

    " I just couldn't make it through this book. It was the most boring, ridiculous concept I have ever read, plus I could not get involved with the characters. I would not recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 5/25/2010

    " This was the first of Whitley's books that I have read. I was amazed by how I couldn't put the book down. Other people who have given this book bad reviews apparently have limited or no imagination. "

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About the Author
Author Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber is the author of more than twenty-five novels and works of nonfiction, including The Wolfen, The Hunger, Communion, The Grays, and The Coming Global Superstorm (with Art Bell), which was the inspiration for the film The Day after Tomorrow. His website, Unknown Country, which explores the edge of science and reality, is the largest of its kind in the world.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.