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4.66555555555556 out of 54.66555555555556 out of 54.66555555555556 out of 54.66555555555556 out of 54.66555555555556 out of 5 4.67 (9 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: June 2010 ISBN: 9781415961766
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

“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

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN 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 • Library Journal

“[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 Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Magnificently unnerving . . . A The Stand-meets-The Road journey. Entertainment Weekly, A-
  • 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
  • A literary richness that rivals Stephen King’s The Stand. Time
  • Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King’s “The Stand” and “Salem’s Lot” in that lab on Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon’s “Swan Song,” “Battlestar Galactica” and even Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” The Washington Post
  • Great storytelling … vital, tender, and compelling O, The Oprah Magazine
  • A blockbuster…astutely plotted and imaginative The New York Times Book Review
  • Cronin gets it just right; the combination of attentive realism and doomsday stakes makes for a mesmerizing experience. Salon.com
  • We’ve just found our summer escape! Elle, “Top 10 Summer Books for 2010”
  • 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 postapocalyptic American overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies…manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. Publishers Weekly (starred review and “Pick of the week”)
  • Literary author Cronin turns in an apocalyptic thriller in the spirit of Stephen King or Michael Crichton. . . . The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch. Kirkus
  • [An] apocalyptic epic . . . Expect a lot of interest in this title. Booklist
  • The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King's vampires in Salem's Lot. . . . This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere. Library Journal, starred review  
  • Meet what is likely to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. People
  • Cronin has given us what could be the best book of the summer. Don't wait to dive into The Passage. USA Today
  • Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind. Parade
  • “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 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 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 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 Mira | 5/21/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/21/2011

    " This was wonderfully written and full of suspense and intrigue. Rather apocalyptic but thrilling with a survial flow of readabilty. I loved this and can not wait for the sequel(I read he was writing book 2). Characters developed well, story flows, growing and growing. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 5/21/2011

    " Best supernatural thriller I've read in a while. My kind of summer trash reading;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 5/20/2011

    " Loved this book! Can't wait for part 2! "

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About the Author
Author Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin,a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has taught English at Rice University and creative writing at La Salle University. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Epoch, Greensboro Review, and Crescent Review. He lives with his wife and daughter in Houston.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.