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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65,862 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Justin Cronin Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Passage Trilogy Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780739366516
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • Great storytelling … vital, tender, and compelling O, The Oprah Magazine
  • A blockbuster…astutely plotted and imaginative The New York Times Book Review
  • 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
  • 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
  • We’ve just found our summer escape! Elle, “Top 10 Summer Books for 2010”
  • 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
  • Cronin gets it just right; the combination of attentive realism and doomsday stakes makes for a mesmerizing experience. Salon.com
  • Engrossing . . . By the third chapter, trash was piling up in our house because I was too scared to take out the garbage at night. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
  • Mythic storytelling. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Read this book and the ordinary world disappears. Stephen King
  • [A] blockbuster . . . astutely plotted and imaginative. The New York Times Book Review
  • Don’t wait to dive into The Passage. . . . Simmering in the background of this frightening thriller . . . is a heartfelt portrayal of the human capability to fight, endure and hope for a better world. USA Today
  • “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
  • 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
  • “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

  • “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the June 2010 Indie Next List
  • 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 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 BookPage Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/12/2014

    " Very long, a bit detailed in some sections but suspenseful and entertaining. Read together with my husband which made it fun to disuss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/26/2014

    " Really really liked it! Well written, good character development, interesting premise. It's what I expected The Stand to be like. The end of the first half made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Shubinski | 1/20/2014

    " It seems like vampire stories are overly popular right now. I liked that there were so many characters and stories in this book. I thought it was fast-paced, and I wanted to keep reading to see where it was headed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 1/19/2014

    " A very different twist on vampires! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Fecarotta | 1/18/2014

    " This book was a terrific surprise. I'm not much into horror but I would classify this simply as speculative fiction. Compelling and epic, I faced with only one quandary - how can I make my book just so! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 1/16/2014

    " very interesting and a bit bizarre. but I really got into the what ifs and the possibilities. a good read if you're into military scientific research and the possible fallouts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene Dutkus | 1/8/2014

    " It was ok. I skimmed some, other sections I couldn't stop reading, overall I wanted to know how it ended. Alot of swearing, etc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Chase | 11/13/2013

    " One the best books I have read in a long time...well written very entertaining...can't to start the 12 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 11/4/2013

    " it's got vampires and seems realistic one day, what more could i possibly want! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Hudson | 6/19/2013

    " Not too bad. It was a good story, but he weighed it down with about 150 pages of unnecessary details. This made it longer than it needed to be "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mpr1120 | 4/10/2013

    " Wow. What an ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Gao | 4/6/2013

    " The first sentence draws you in. And you won't be able to put the book down till every page is turned. In my opinion, it is up there with The Road. A must read of 2012. I am anxiously waiting for volume 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niko | 11/17/2012

    " It almost feels like I'm watching a really good television show. Am really enjoying this series so far and can't wait for the third one to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordana | 10/8/2012

    " Kept me hooked even when I wasn't sure I wanted to carry on... Read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Ninkranz | 10/8/2012

    " Mind-numbingly boring, a cure for insomnia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Reetz | 8/8/2012

    " Great apocalyptic sci-fi read. The end leaves you hanging...now I have to read the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Pikelny | 3/3/2012

    " Kind of slow - but pretty good. Can't wait for book 2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Hood | 2/25/2012

    " One of the finest books I've read to date! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/30/2011

    " Weird/a bit out there BUT fabulously addictive! I want the next book now! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 8/9/2011

    " I lost interest about 1/5 of the way through. Poor character development, and slow moving "

  • 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!
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  • 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 CroninJustin Cronin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and associate professor of English at La Salle University. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Epoch, Greensboro Review, and Crescent Review, and in The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. He lives with his wife and their young daughter in Philadelphia.
About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.