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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Justin Cronin Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Passage Trilogy Release Date:
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“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret US 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year’s best thrillers; it’s one of the best of the past decade—maybe one of the best ever.”

    Men’s Journal

  • “Nearly 40 hours in length, the unabridged audio recording of PEN/Hemingway Award-winning writer Cronin’s detail-rich third novel is nothing short of epic excellence…Audie Award winner Scott Brick’s narration is nothing short of masterly. Impossible to stop listening to.”

    Library Journal

  • “It’s a macabre pleasure to see what a really talented novelist can do with these old Transylvanian tropes…Cronin has stripped away the lurid religious trappings of the vampire myth and gone with a contemporary biomedical framework. Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King’s The Stand and Salem’s Lot in that lab at Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon’s Swan Song, ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and even Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”

    Washington Post

  • “While it relies at times on convention, The Passage is astutely plotted and imaginative enough to satisfy the most bloodthirsty reader.”

    New York Times

  • Selected for the June 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A 2010 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 NPR Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 5/24/2011

    " Awesome, intense book about the bleak future of mankind!

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janel | 5/21/2011

    " I wish there were more stars to give this book, I loved it. Only trouble was my whole life went on hold for a week while I was reading it, luckily it was too heavy to carry in my bag to work or I would have been sacked!Can't wait for the next book and the movie. READ IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne | 5/21/2011

    " This was a very long book, but worth the read! Sci-fi, future, a little girl lost in time, wow it's a true thriller. Move over S. King!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mira | 5/21/2011

    " Can't wait till #2 is out! Such a long wait. "

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