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The Twelve (Passage Trilogy 2) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Justin Cronin
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25 Oct 2012 Passage Trilogy 2

The sequel to the bestselling novel The Passage.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Unabridged edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409112381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409112389
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a multi-award-winning writer. He is Professor of English at Rice University, and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.

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Review exhilarating as The Passage, with people variously trapped in hideous bleak labour camps, engaging in cage fights with virals (Cronin's name for vampires) or chained up for decades. (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

For fans of apocalyptic thrillers who aren't afraid of the dark (GLAMOUR.COM)

[The Passage was] smart, well-crafted and entertaining ...The Twelve delivers much of the same vitality and vision. Like it's predecessor, it is a strange new creature for the 21st century: The literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot. (INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE)

The follow-up to the much-lauded The Passage deepens and darkens the apocalyptic events of the first book (BELFAST TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The epic story of THE PASSAGE continues. Abridged edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A massive let down 28 May 2013
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh dear. After being absolutely blown away by The Passage, I immediately launched into The Twelve, only to become more and more disillusioned as time went on. By the end I was speed reading, skipping whole sections just to get it over with.

Where The Passage was bleak, and unremitting with peril round every corner and well-rounded characters dropping like flies in a gut-wrenching manner, The Twelve is full of convenient escapes, a total lack of threat, characters miraculously surviving impossible situations, returning from the dead etc etc. It turns into a pointless and tedious action adventure, with no suspense as all the main characters by now seem to be completely impervious to any real threat. Where the outside world was a dark and dangerous place before, where the slightest contact meant instant death in all likelihood, now it is essentially a safari. At the end, it really was just a bunch of stuff that happened, with no emotional weight whatsoever.

Its really, truly best just to read The Passage and leave the story there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but too many characters 1 Jan 2014
By Sarah78
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed the passage, by far the best book I'd read in ages. Had to wait a long time for this one to come out and by the time I got to read it I'd forgotten a lot of the characters names. Spent a lot of time having to skim back to figure out who the people were in the current chapter...saying that, once I'd got all the players straight in my head it was brilliant.

Loved the development of the original heroes, and thought Amy's growth was very well depicted. Can't wait now for the climax in the third book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Passage 14 Feb 2013
By Bakey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read The Passage last year, thought it was one of the best books I'd ever read, easily as good as Stephen King's The Stand and I couldn't wait until the second novel in the trilogy was released. I've just finished reading it and although it was good it didn't live up to my expectations. The first half of the novel was excellent, fast paced, difficult to put down and didn't disappoint. For me the second half was nowhere near as good, I felt it was confusing and disjointed, I began to not care just wanting to get the novel finished and hoping it would improve towards the end but unfortunately it didn't. I wonder if this book is setting the scene for the final one in the trilogy and that perhaps three books in this series wasn't needed and if the story could have been told over 2 novels instead?
I will still read the final book when it's released and hopefully it will be up to the high standards of The Passage and first half of The Twelve.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not half as good as The Passage 8 Dec 2012
By Bodvok
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been waiting to read this book for over a year and constantly scoured the internet for news of its release. As soon as I could I downloaded it to my beloved Kindle and prepared to block out the world for a few days and take myself back to Cronin's apocalyptic world which I had so loved in the first book of this trilogy, The Passage. The first half didn't disappoint and without giving the plot away the whole section about Kittridge 'last stand in Denver' was probably better than anything I have read in the 2 books so far. When Danny was driving that bus just after the virus had been let loose I cheered and cried both at the same time. However, the second half of the book goes off at a complete tangent and now the war is against other human survivors and factions. I found the comparisons with the Nazi death camps and The Homeland quite startling, unnecessary and distasteful. Cronin has lost his way with this book and as has been mentioned in other reviews the endless edition of new characters makes it ever more confusing. In the latter half my heart would sink as a new character was added and I had to work out who they were related to or how they fitted in. To sum up I could have read about Kittridge and co. forever but the rest of the book is just average and the plotline doesn't really follow on from the first book. It is as though Cronin has written another story and just added it in for good measure because he couldn't think of anything else which I find bizarre to say the least. I am giving 3 stars mainly because of the sheer accomplishment of this work and I will go on to read the final part of this trilogy on its release but please Mr Cronin get back to the original theme of The Passage which was oh so much better.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed 10 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all I'd like to get this out of the way. The Passage is one of my favourite ever books, it deserved its comparisons to the Stand, and in my opinion was the better novel. I liked the change in pace, the variation of style, I adored it and appreciated being introduced to the word 'subsumed'. I felt I travelled that journey with them, didn't want it to end. And I really looked forward to continuing the saga with The Twelve.

It starts well, you get involved with the characters, from Last Stand in Denver to the school bus, you're quickly drawn into the story, the survivors and look forward to at least finding out their eventual fate...except you don't. Not really. A whole bus load of passengers disappears into obscurity. (or does it? I found myself beyond caring)

The switch to post virus starts with a picnic that turns to disaster, then we have half to three quarters of a book with not a lot happening. I can barely remember the details of what did and frankly want to forget. It does get going somewhat later on, some details had me puzzled, but I put that down to trying to get through the boring parts as fast as possible and not picking up everything. The last few chapters were quite gripping - some bits made me feel quite emotional but they were no means enough payback for the dull rubbish that had preceded.

In short; overlong, could use a touch of editing and apparently owes some inspiration to Harry Potter. And the few good bits are what elevated it to a two star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
Enjoyed book one in this trilogy more than two but there are still enough intriguing storylines for me to read book three when it's available. Read more
Published 2 days ago by H. Iles
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
book two is just as good as book 1 the passage cannot wait for the final book.
the characters are strong bold and complex at times when you think you understand them they... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Melissa Valentine-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!!
I would say that I've read my fair share of epic novels in my time but I can't get over how fantastic this series is! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jess Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant - there's always a danger of disappointment with sequels, but this continues the same story in a different way, and with a mix of old and new characters.
Published 8 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Dr James Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly well written story
This really was a treat to read encompassing all the characters from the passage. The story flowed with elegance, grace and an insight into each of the characters and their... Read more
Published 11 days ago by EBA
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the final book now
Great book and a great trilogy. Has you more gripped as it goes on couldn't put it down towards the end. I'm now really looking forward to the final instalment being released.
Published 1 month ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down
I completely agree, I was completely blown away by the passage and I did not want it to end I loved every minute of that book and recommend it to everyone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by esther daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars I need more
Can't wait until the next book. I am glad I have had the opportunity to read them now so I don't have to wait for the third book. So many unanswered questions. Can't wait.
Published 1 month ago by Undreia U. Capewell
3.0 out of 5 stars Where can it go from here?
Before I get into reasons why this book didn't entirely jive with me, let me say that overall I did enjoy this book and if you read The Passage then you should read this too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Emeny
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