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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Audio Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

This is my first audio book review and since it isn't one I am required to read, I am just going to do a quick review. I'm hooked on audio books now. I can get shit done around the house AND "read" a book - hubby is happier now as I want to hear more of the story, so I keep finding things to clean.

The Passage
by Justin Cronin
Random House Audio
ISBN: 9781415961766
Narrated by Scott Brick
Buy from Indigo 

Description“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.

Random Thoughts
  • Reminded me so much of The Stand by Stephen King. This is high praise as The Stand is my favorite book of all time
  • Extremely well developed characters 
  • Background story and world building is positively brilliant
  • Fabulous use of humour
  • Problem with audio book format for me is that usually if a part of a story is grossing me out or boring the shit out of me I can just skip the page.  In audio (well remember I am listening to it on my phone) is that skipping a bit is a pain in the ass so I had to listen to some descriptions (some of the characters are child molesters and well -- really sick bastards) that I would rather not have had to (Hey I do this for Stephen King too!)
  • Narrator had a good voice for the story, he was very easy to listen too. Unfortunately his voice was also hypnotic so when I was listening to it at night I often nodded off.  Also whenever he did the voice of Zero calling Grey -- it creaped me out (not a bad thing)
  • Now this is probably just me but I wasn't really sure what happened to Wolgast.  Again I often nodded off while listening to
  • Going to purchase a copy of the book so I can read it as well 
  • Was hooked in right away and often didn't want to stop listening to eventhough it was late at night
  • Could lead to some interesting discussions about faith and redemption
  • Truly epic literary apocalyptic tale - bravo sir!
  • I have a total crush on Wolgast
  • Spoiler - I wanna know what happened to Amy's mom!
  • This is a new favorite of mine and one I will probably be selling a lot of at work.  Already sold two copies the day after I read it
Favorite Passages

"“We live, we die. Somewhere along the way, if we're lucky, we may find someone to help lighten the load.”

“A thousand recollected lives were passing through her, a thousand stories - of love and work, of parents and children, of duty and joy and grief. Beds slept in and meals eaten, and the bliss and pain of the body, and a view of summer leaves from a window on a morning it had rained; the nights of loneliness and the nights of love, the soul in it's body keeping always longing to be known.” 

“Peter held up the book he had been reading: 'Moby-Dick; or, The Whale'.
"To tell you the truth, I'm not even sure this is English," Peter said. "It's taken me most of today to get through a page.” 

4.5/5 Dewey's

I borrowed this audiobook from the Calgary Public Library - thanks Jen  L. I am now hooked on audio books 

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