The Passage

Version: Abridged
Author: Justin Cronin
Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: June 2010
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Reviews (5)

Written by Gail Butters on May 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Dry unsatisfying book. Defiantly not worth the money. Long winded. Horrible reader. No

Written by Ricardo Perdomo on June 3rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I think the story starts out slow but being the first book of three it was expected, Now the way the stories come together is amazing. Overall I did enjoy it.

Pleasant surprise

Written by andy h on July 11th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I actually really enjoyed this, as sort of the beginning of a poor man's The Stand. Cronin doesn't have Stephen King's talent for character, but his story and setting is gripping, and I look forward to the other books in the trilogy.


Written by Anonymous on March 18th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Some good story-telling/characters, but the writing is nothing special, and the scope is too wide, leading to some disjointed themes, glossed-over elements

Got better and better

Written by Anonymous on October 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Cronin is clearly an exceptional writer - when he focuses on a particular plot line, it's fascinating to follow the journeys of each character. The only problem with The Passage is that he skips around a bit and the sequence or connection between events isn't always clear. That said, the series of disconnected vignettes in the first half of the book give way in the 2nd half to a great storyline. The book missed out on the 5th star for me only because of the meandering first half. Be aware that this is supposed to be the first book of a trilogy, otherwise the brilliant ending could be upsetting, as it was to me.

Author Details

Author Details

Cronin, Justin

Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers&#8217; Workshop. Awards for his fiction include the Stephen Crane Prize, a Whiting Writers&#8217; Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.<br><br><br><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>