Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future.... Until they were selected for a secret experiment....to create something more than human.
Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick. Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.
©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio
"What a waste of time!"
The Passage was one of my absolute favorite books. I found that the story was fresh, well written and totally engrossing - and the narration by Scot Brick was excellent. Therefore, I had eagerly awaited the release of The Twelve and downloaded it on its first day of release on Audible. To say that I was bitterly disappointed by The Twelve would be a criminal understatement!
The great narration by Scot Brick is still there, but the quality in the writing and story that was present in The Passage is gone. It's like the book has been written by a different author.
The characters that I Ioved in Book 1 are totally unrecognisable and the story drags on without purpose. I lost interest and didn't care what happened to the characters, as they were really getting on my nerves!
It's quite sad that it seems the author wanted to turn the brilliant story that he started in The Passage into a trilogy just for the sake of it. I will most definitely not be getting Book 3 when it comes out.
"How wrong was I?"
This is amazing. When I reviewed The Passage I had lost faith with it about a third of the way through. I did go back to it and fell in love with it.....and then The Twelve. Justin Cronin has done something amazing - weaves a story which reflects and reviews the Passage whilst moving the story forward. I needed to read both to totally appreciate the writing, the story, and the premiss. If you love Stephen King 'end of the world tales' like the stand and under the dome, you will adore this end of the world survivors story. The characters are amazing and well written, the story is interwoven between the Passage and the Twelve and I am awaiting with glee part 3 of the trilogy. This is not the glittery romantic vampire tales you may be used to - it is deeper, darker and so much much more. Move over Frannie Goldmsith and Katniss Everdean there is a new girl in town, and she is my new virtual best friend ....... Amy Bellafonte.
Before listening to this book I would recommend "The Passage", which is the prequel. Both books are long and a little long winded at times, but well worth the effort. I love these books.
"Not as good as The Passage"
The Passage was just stunning, couldn't wait for the opportunity to put it on in the car orl whilst out on a walk - any excuse! Having waited so long for the sequel I already feared it just couldn't live up to the original and I was right. Don't get me wrong - the story is good, just not incredible as the first was. Also, without giving anything away, it somehow sits at odds with the first. Not a flowing storyline and not a picking up where the last left off. Took a while to get into it and now I have I am enjoying it more. Will I listen to the third instalment? Yes, but I won't be counting down the days til it's written. The reader is superb though.
Let me start by saying that I loved The Passage, the audio version was splendid, great characters, exciting narrative and brilliant writing. I have been looking forward to listening to The Twelve since I finished The Passage 2.5yrs ago, I downloaded it the day it came out. Boy was I in for a sugar crash.
Same great narration by Scott Brick and some great sections of writing but the book has been written so self consiously in the knowledge that it will be translated to the big screen it started to become annoying. There is character cliche after character cliche and no end of bad one liners. The narrative really didn't flow and I started to switch off and really not care what happened to the characters i had loved so much in The Passage. Such a shame that money and hype have some how taken away the soul of what this trilogy could have been.
"Page turner for the ears!"
This was every bit as good as the first part, Cant wait for the final and cant imagine what might happen.
"The Twelve by Justin Cronin"
This book was my first adventure with audible. I was advised to buy a short book to ease myself into audio books but I read the summary of this book and thought wow. I started listening and loved all the characters that were in the now part of the story. I did not think I could listen to a book for so long but when the adventure went into the future I was still hooked. There was a lot of individual chsracters and they were all larger than life but they all gelded together. It was a great story and I could literally picture what was happening. As soon as the 36 hours were up i bought the next book in the trilogy just to meet all the characters again. A brilliant read and worth every penny.
I Loved the Passage and the twelve deepened my attachment to this series. It's full of character developments and interesting twists . It revisits old places in new ways, sheds new light to situations in ways I Just didn't expect . There's lots of new stuff too but I dont want to Spoil it for you. Scott Bricks voice is perfectly suited to this book too . Its the best book and audio book live read in a long time . Highly recommended .
"better than the first"
I really enjoyed this book , the first ( the passage) was complicated and confusing at the beginning but part 2 is fascinating. At the outset the story sets an exciting pace, alternately introducing new characters band bringing back those from part one. This book particularly lends itself to audio because of the intricate plot and characters. The plot makes unexpected twists and satisfying ending whilst leaving enough questions to make the reader impatient for third book.
A great book with a great story and well read in the audio book version. The story takes a bit to get in to but take your time and you will be rewarded with an excellent story that keeps you hanging on and wanting more. Don't start reading late at night - you will still be listening in the morning!!
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