This is a very fine and well written book though it is difficult to classify - part horror, part science fiction, post-apocalypse tale, part quest. I..Show More »t bears a resemblance to Stephen King's 'The Stand', but much better plotted with a far more convincing backdrop - indeed the vision that the author paints is truly mind blowing in its scope, timescale and detail - frighteningly plausible in its way. And although the book is very long, it is never less than absorbing - and clearly part of a trilogy - but if I say more as it might ruin the ending! The only ting it lacks, arguably, is a bit more humour to lighten the atmosphere occasionally.
The only slight negative point is the narration. I do like Scott Brick as a narrator, but on this book he is a tad slow for my taste, and he adopts a somewhat doom-laden tone. A brisker ore deadpan delivery would I think have been better, but that said, he holds the attention easily, with good characterisation. Sound quality is first class. Still if you are thinking of buying the book, do listen to the sample before you commit yourself as it's a LONG book!
A five star listen for me, and I think anyone who likes Science Fiction/Fantasy post-apocalypse/quest type tales will enjoy this book too.
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...Show More »....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.
What can I say about this book - having waited so long for the final part of this trilogy I was afraid that the expectation would outweigh the event b..Show More »ut I am thrilled to say that Justin Cronin didn't let me down. The story was brilliantly crafted with the use of his central characters being allowed to evolve to their own individual ends. Scott Brick also has to be mentioned as his narration was - just like the first two books - exceptional. If you haven't listened to The Passage and The Twelve, I suggest that you download them immediately and then you are in a position to appreciate just how great this book is 😊