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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:
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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

  • A literary richness that rivals Stephen King’s The Stand. Time
  • 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
  • We’ve just found our summer escape! Elle, “Top 10 Summer Books for 2010”
  • 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
  • “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
  • Great storytelling … vital, tender, and compelling O, The Oprah Magazine
  • 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
  • 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
  • [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
  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Dennis | 1/19/2014

    " A very different twist on vampires! "

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