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3.00010613457865 out of 53.00010613457865 out of 53.00010613457865 out of 53.00010613457865 out of 53.00010613457865 out of 5 3.00 (18,844 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: October 2012 ISBN: 9780307702043
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In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned, and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation, unaware the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A literary superthriller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A compulsive read.”

    San Francisco

  • “An undeniable and compelling epic…A complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”

    Fort Worth Star Telegram

  • A 2012 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2012 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2012 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Kral | 2/18/2014

    " Was quite pleased by the pace and break off point before the last novel. Interesting story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Horwatt | 2/9/2014

    " I had kind of a "meh" reaction to "The Passage," so I might not have read "The Twelve" if I hadn't gotten a free copy. My reaction to "The Twelve" is very similar to my reaction to "The Passage"; namely, Justin Cronin writes very well, but his science fiction/horror worldbuilding skills are not so good. I don't think his version of the vampire mythos is very consistent, coherent or satisfying (or original...most all of the vampire mechanics here feel like they're cut and pasted from King, Matheson, or someone other horror author), and his plotting relies pretty heavily on coincidence and various deux ex machinae (or whatever the plural of machina is). I do think his action scene writing has improved since "The Passage," in which I thought some of the action sequences were a bit bland...and some were even painful. And as I said, the writing itself, the descriptions and dialogue and characters, are all very well done. But I also think Cronin should probably stick to writing something other than horror, because (IMHO) it's just not his strength. Oh, and I'm thinking I'm done with "vampire plague ends the world" novels from here on out. The subgenre is played. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/7/2014

    " "Umm...what?" That seemed to be my reaction to most of the book. There were so many different names and storylines that it was hard to keep them all straight. It was rewarding when I did though, seeing where they all interacted and developed into one another. Still, I feel like this book was too confusing, it could just be that way for me though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Singer | 2/6/2014

    " I got my hands on a preview copy and burned through it in no time. Cronin veered in a different direction with this book, and I'd give it five stars except that in some points I felt like he was drawing it out in order to have a trilogy. Nevertheless, well worth the time. Can't wait for the final book. "

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

    " Tedious and a bit ridiculous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Academicsupport | 1/31/2014

    " Glad I listened to this one because, I feel I could not have spent the time reading such a sprawling plot. I guess I did not hate it!?! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/30/2014

    " I LOVED The Passage, so I was excited about the sequel. However, I was sorely disappointed by this book. What should have been the big climactic ending was just sort of skimmed over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 1/21/2014

    " The Passage was a melancholic journey of self for many of the characters. The twelve left me feeling less compelled and a little confused at times as to where Cronin was taking me. The last fifty pages were worth slogging through the rest of the book for. What path with Amy and Lish take is down... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Doiron | 1/17/2014

    " Great Follow Up to the Saga from "The Passage" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2014

    " An enjoyable read, though I liked "The Passage" more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Veloira | 1/8/2014

    " Good sequel but sometimes confusing on the action and characters. Nevertheless, very exciting at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/3/2014

    " This series is just gripping. This book offered some compelling twists and turns to keep the overall plot arc interesting. I look forward to the final installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/9/2013

    " Great sequel to The Passage. Not quite as good but still awesome. I love this series - can't wait for City of Mirrors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/6/2013

    " This book picks up where The Passage left off. Great descriptive passages of the "Virals" and the post apocalyptic USA. I really enjoyed this escapist-"Garbaage" yarn ALOT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Pritchard | 11/12/2013

    " Sequel to Passage. Enjoyed it because it tied up some loose ends. However what will third book tell us? It is coming out next year. I will guess it will be from Zero's perspective since he hasn't told his story yet. Maybe he and Amy have the final battle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry Lewis | 10/9/2013

    " Very hard to follow at first, doesn't match up to The Passage, but about half way through (yes, that far in) it all starts to make sense. Very good once you reach clarity, but takes persistence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Lozano | 9/29/2013

    " Love this book. I really like book that require a little bit of intellect. This one make you really pay attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 9/11/2013

    " This second installment is very good, but it's also long and you have to be prepared for the story to jump around. If you hang in there, it's completely worth it. Reading "The Passage" first would be the best way to go. You need the groundwork that book provides to really enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina D. | 8/12/2013

    " Just as good as first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 6/12/2013

    " It took me a very long time to finish The Passage only because the writing style is so unique and detailed. Now that I am more familiar with the writing style I zipped through and thoroughly enjoyed The Twelve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/6/2012

    " Reminiscent of "The Stand." Dark battles light, epic scope with a broad cast of characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise Murray | 12/1/2012

    " Follows on well from 'The Passge' recaps your memory in unexpected ways, the story goes into unimaginable places with amazing characters and a can't stop reading plot... Now the wait for the final installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/19/2012

    " Really enjoyed this, although there was such a gap between The Passage and this that I couldn't remember some of the characters and what had happened. Great read tho! "

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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

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.