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 (13)

Written by richard s on May 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought it was a very good book but also longer than it needed to be. Too much time developing the characters which appear in the book. Aside from this, I was completely hooked into the story and looked forward to hearing everyday. I thought the narration was excellent and enjoyed every step of the story. A good listen if you are into the Thriller/Horror genre.

Written by Craig C on April 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Takes awhile to get to the good stuff. I kept thinking, how's all of this connected. Keep listening and of course it does all come together. I have to say I was upset when the book ended because I didn't know there was a second book at that time. Couldn't wait to start the second book. I am really enjoying the series.

Written by Aaron Prideaux on January 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the book overall. A little slow in the beginning but it picked up towards the end. I found it annoying when the narrator changed from the main narrator (who did an excellent job) to the person who narrates Sarah's diary entries (who was terrible). It got to the point were I almost wanted to skip over the diary parts because it was so bad. Can't wait to listen to the next book.

Written by Kyle Johnson on August 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A laborious read / listen. We listened on a cross country family road trip. The genre was right for us, but the prose is painstakingly detailed and just too slow. Could be edited by a good 20%. We made it thru eight hours and ten chapters. Are giving up. Great narrator though.

Written by Alicia Jurgensen on August 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book. It has almost everything a scifi lover could ask for. Super suspenseful and lots of twists. I was looking for a thriller and got just that.

Written by Alysia Thomas on July 12th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great read and would recommend to all Cronin fans!!

Written by Joy Allison on June 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Little confused in the beginning, this is a good book but you must active listen or you will miss a plot or two which can be hard to follow.but I enjoy the story line enough to stay forced.

Written by Tadi Deanda on June 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was a little confused about where the story was going at first, but once it picked up, it became a really great one! I'm very excited to read the other books!

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.

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>