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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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”


NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage • Library Journal 

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

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Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.”—Time

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”—The Dallas Morning News

“Addictive.”—Men’s Journal

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”—Parade|THE TWELVE

Reviews (21)


Written by Anonymous on June 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed listening, it filled my commute time. Sometimes the story jumping around was a bit undesirable but otherwise a good story.

Written by Michelle M. on February 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Book and TV doesn’t match as usual but not a bad series. Long and kept my mind wondering sometimes but not bad.


Written by Aaron W. on February 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Character development did take awhile but this being the first book in a trilogy, makes sense. Otherwise, I took a gamble on the book and wasn't disappointed. On to book 2!


Written by Yossi K. on January 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I think the book has ups and down. some times its a thriller and then it becomes a historic novel. Fast and slow. i like it but also got a bit tired of it.


Written by Russell M. on January 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Decent story, painstaking run on details though


Written by Dawn B. on January 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this book!!!!

Not into it!

Written by Anonymous on August 6th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn't get into it. Sent it back after listening to the first disk. Maybe it gets better later, but I couldn't take any more of it!

Written by Beverly K. on June 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

super great ....loved it very very much cant wait for the next book.. I can not say in words how great this is.. ,YOU will not be unsatisfied.

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.

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>