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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.
I entered into this audio cautiously. I was not really sure I had a full grasp on what The Passage was going to be about – or if I would like the direction it took. Yet, it had such a mysterious buzz about it when I was at BEA in New York and U knew whatever it was – I wanted to know more.
A futuristic read which is normally not a genre I would choose for myself, I started this audio and was introduced to Amy. This little girl who’s mother tried – but made poor choices, and eventually – all there is… is Amy. I quickly grew attached to this little girl and at times in the beginning when the audio stretched into so many different directions, and I was lost in the government testing, and the odd inhabitants of the facility…. I clung to the fact that eventually it would get back to Amy.
And while I waited…. the story began to mesh and an audio that first made me wonder how I felt about it, suddenly I couldn’t wait to hear more. Soon as the story brought Amy into each scene, and I learned how she fit into this, I began to really enjoy this. The audio started following me to the bathroom when I fixed my hair, to the kitchen while I cooked or cleaned…. to the lawn mower…. to the reading room.
It is hard to put The Passage into words…. it is not so much a vampire story, but a story about a virus. A virus that takes out the world as we know it and the few that survive, live solely for that purpose – survival. Justin Cronin has woven such a detailed story here – so deep entwined in each person, in each event – that I listen in amazement in the world he has created from his mind to these words.
The “virals” as Cronin calls these blood thirsty creatures, are “spooktacular.” They keep you on your toes and seriously even on the audio I think I actually got goosebumps a few times as I worried for our small group of non effected survivors…. and they really were survivors – minus Jeff Probst.
And you really do not know when your fire will be snuffed out.
Suddenly you realize – this ain’t your grandma’s version of vampire….
Over all – the hype surrounding the book was right on and I am so glad I gave this one a try. I enjoyed this very much and highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good book adventure with qualities you found in books like Harry Potter, the originality of
With awesome words like flyers, virals, slims, jumps, smokes… and Cronin says himself , the vampire story will never go away, because it asks an essential question: “What part of your humanity would you be trading away if you got to live forever? It’s ultimately a fable to reassure us that it’s better to be mortal.”
This is the book of the summer for me. It blew me away!
Book Journey’s 2010 Reading Map has been updated to include The Passage
While passing through Colorado (if you are not a viral) you may be hankering for a bit of coffee… I would recommend The Laughing Goat Coffee House for the name and the ambiance. AND – as far as I know…. it’s a no “smoking” zone. (A little Passage humor….)
Cover Story: Oh it is fantastic! And perfect because you must always, always watch the trees…. 😉
I purchased my copy of this audio through audible.com
Its Winter again.
Central Minnesota has a dusting of snow this morning. That chill is in the air…. it feels like late October when the snow just starts. It is one of those days that I would like to stay home and bury my head in a book but that is not going to happen.
This morning I received a notice in my email about a trilogy coming to a close. Has anyone read The Passage by Justin Cronin? This was the BIG title my first year I went to the book expo…. HUGE signs hanging from the ceiling…. I had never hear of Justin Cronin or The Passage but I knew I wanted to know more.
Books like The Passage are so vibrant in detail that you almost can envision what the movie would be like and often, who would play the leading roles. It makes me think about other books that I have read that I wish would become movies. Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Series….. oh yes please. Ready Player One – it IS going to be a movie and I am so excited!!!! I love that our beloved books are becoming movies and it seems to be happening more and more often! YAY to the authors who had no idea they were also writing movie scripts!
And how about the books that we have read and are becoming movies very soon? I am personally a fan of movies from books. I like to see what they pull from the story. I insist on reading the book first in most cases, but I do love a good book/movie.
Here are some of the BIG titles coming our way:
The Girl On The Train (I did not love this book as much as others… not sure if I will go this one)
Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes (Oh heck yeah…. this one will be an all book club event I hope!)
Allegiant (out in theaters now and I have yet to see it…. but I also have yet to read the book. GAH. Behind.)
The Lost City Of Z (sounds good and have not read it)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (I have not read this one yet….but now I must!)
Silence by Shusaku Endo (this book was recommended to me a long time ago….I bought and still have not read it.)
The Circle by Dave Eggers (bugga – another one I need to read!)
The Zookeepers Wife – YES!
Looking For Alaska (oh yes…… John Green.)
The 5th Wave (I have not read this… should I?)
Miss Peregrines Home For Particular Children (OOH looks good… I have the book, need to read it)
Inferno by Dan Brown (YES!!!!!! Excited about this one! I must say however as much as I adore Tom Hanks, he is not the right actor for the Dan Brown Langdon books)
So how about it? What books have you read recently that you would love to see become a movie? In your mind who is playing the protagonist? AND what books that are becoming movies are you excited to see?
Oh, hello! This is Sue from Book by Book. Sheila asked me to help blog-sit while she is enjoying her vacation in Australia, so I just stopped by to water her plants and feed her
cat errr…. dogs.
While I’m here, I might as well check out her books – don’t you just love looking at other people’s bookshelves? Oooh…Sheila has an amazing collection, with so much variety! Let’s see…read it, read it, read it, oh, want it!
Ah, here’s one that’s a favorite at our house: The Passage by Justin Cronin. My husband and I both read it a few years ago, but I just gave it to my father for Christmas and my 20-year old son finally took our advice and started reading it this week – I know they will both love it. Despite its big splash when first published, this is a book that stands up over time.
I just re-read Sheila’s review (one of many that made me want to read the book), and I agree with everything she’s said here.
If you are one of the few – like my son – who hasn’t read it yet, here’s a quick overview. The Passage is an epic post-apocalyptic thriller, covering over 100 years and several generations of people. You may have heard that it’s about vampires, but I’m not normally a fan of vampire books, and I loved it. The creatures in the novel are not traditional vampires of fictional lore but more a government experiment to create super-soldiers with a virus that went terribly wrong. Here’s my review, from 2011.
I see that Sheila also read and reviewed The Twelve, the sequel to The Passage. I agree with her review – that The Twelve is a good follow-up but is a lot more complicated and well, more everything. Here’s my review, too (no spoilers in any of our reviews).
So, if you are looking for some high-octane post-apocalyptic action, check out this unique and thrilling trilogy. Book 3, The City of Mirrors, is due out sometime this year – can’t wait! And word is that there is a movie adaptation of The Passage in the works – wow, that will be something to see.
I just know that my son and father will both love this book. Thanks to Sheila for reigniting my interest in it!
Well, I better let myself out now and lock up. See you soon!
Hello! Judith from Leswammes’ Blog here, sitting in at Book Journey. Well, let’s have a look…snoop…snoop… Sheila’s got SO many posts on her blog; how many books has she read? And it’s not just about books; she seems to live the life of two people, always so busy!
Although I’ve never met her, through her posts I’ve got the feeling I know Sheila a bit. And I’m happy to look after her books blog, while she is away (did you know she has a room full of books, a personal library? Wow indeed!).
Ah here, look: The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux. This is one of Sheila’s favorite books and her post about it made me want to read it, too. It’s a great book about what-ifs: what if you could change your past? What would your current life be like? I loved the stories of the three friends who all go back to their pasts. A great idea for a story. Here is my review.
Oh, and look at this: The Passage by Justin Cronin. I loved that book (my review), and so did Sheila. Yes, I’m not really one for vampires, but this was such a great, epic read! We both didn’t love the sequel, The Twelve, quite so much (in fact, I didn’t even finish it while Sheila still enjoyed it).
Yeah, Sheila’s got good taste! We ‘met’ through her “It’s Monday” meme, more than four years ago (closer to five!!). Through this meme, I got to know a large part of the blogging universe. It’s a great meme for a starting blogger to meet up with new bloggers, but also for established bloggers to see what their blogging friends are up to.
But I really l♥ve Book Journey because of the Morning Meanderings. I’m amazed how Sheila can find time to post about her life almost every morning (and have a life interesting enough to write about every day!).
Could you fill a blog post every day about your life? I could, but only if I copied the same post on most days. What about you: Are your days groundhog days or Sheila days?
This is an alphabetical archive of all the books I have reviewed on Book Journey. I have coded a few of them as:
♦ Great Gift book
♥ Personal favorites
Ω Audio Book
♠ Banned Book
Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (and now I am so angry with this author)
♠♥Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (yes I admit it… I liked Twilight!)
Continuing on from The Passage, the virus continues to spread and endanger all those in its path. Lila is a pregnant doctor who hopes the best for her child, Kitteridge has been forced out of his comfort zone and is now on the run… alone. April is running with her little brother trying to show him a calm that does not exist beyond her face. As they run – they towards each other and with connection comes hope.
In the future – Amy alongside the others fight in hopes of saving mankind. The virals are stronger somehow… they have evolved to even more of a force to reckon with and for the Twelve, the future and the past – is at hand.
Flyers. The Passage was a book that blew me away – unique in context (man I had a lot of fun writing that review), I hung on it line after line. Once completed it left me at such a place I wondered what would happen next. When The Twelve arrived I was thrilled to reenter this world of Amy and Virals and trying to make a new world that had passed away…
Flyers. Did I say that already? The Twelve is like The Passage on steroids. It is bigger. Stronger. More powerful. More political. And in that sense, I think I liked it a little less than The Passage, mainly because The Passage was a crisper read – more of an earth gone wrong feel to it, where The Twelve is way deep into a world that is no more. I hope that makes sense.
Still- this series is one I would recommend. In fact if you are looking for good books to hunker down with and go deep this winter, let me recommend these. Word is that The Passage will be a movie, possibly in 2015. I sure hope so.
Good morning! I like this picture because it really captures most mornings for me…. coffee coffee coffee, like fuel to a car. 😛
Those of you who have blogged for any amount of time have probably had offers made for people to guest post on your blog. The truly funny ones are ones that have nothing to do with what you blog about, they could be offering to share with your readers about tires for your car, UGG Boots, vitamins and vacation destinations… all of which have been plugged to me…. and no they did not offer anything in return or I may have caved on the vacation one and Book Journey would have become “Traveling With Book Journey” or something like that…. and I would go to fascinating places like Hawaii and Aruba and telling you what I was reading while sipping some delicious fruity drink and sporting some amazing tan…
a girl can dream.
SO, a couple of days ago I receive the email says that they noticed I talk about zombies from time to time. 😯
This is a stretch but their may have been zombie like creatures in the Passage that I read a couple of years ago… Flyers or Virals I believe they were called… hmmmm….. well anyway, it was the next line that caught my attention…
we thought your readers may like detailed information on how to prepare a barn or garage for the zombie apocalypse.
Well… what sort of person would I be if I did not pass this vital information on to you? And seriously, what if this post…. saved a life? 😛
And honestly, we are still five days out from Halloween… plenty of time to grab a couple of buddies and put up a pole barn. 😉 AND as the article says, since money will soon be useless, why not opt for the concrete floor? This will lead to avoiding zombies tunneling under your building.
The article goes from how to design your pole barn, to how to stock it, the weapons you need… a team. One of my favorite parts of the article is choosing your team…
Choosing Your Survival Team
As with everything in life, it’s all about the people you know. The last thing you want to do it be holed up with a useless, hysterical mob.
Stay away from:
People in the entertainment industry* (actors, singers, models, etc.)
People in useless white collar trades like SEOs, marketing professionals, accountants, and salesmen
People who are overly bubbly or overly depressing (you’d wind up throwing them to the zombies eventually)
*The exception to this rule might be comedians…everyone needs a good laugh!
Your ideal team of Zombie Apocalypse survivors will include:
Someone with military and/or police experience, preferably an expert marksman
Someone with hunting/foraging experience
A nurse, doctor, or veterinarian (honestly, a vet might be your best bet if you also have livestock)
Someone with farming/gardening experience
A handyman who has mechanical experience
A genius who dabbles in everything from computers to mechanical engineering
A few “blue collar” folk not afraid to get their hands dirty, learn new things, and do some grunt work
Isn’t that awesome? That’s my funny for the day. I am still in the cities at the library/literacy Leadership Training. Day one was good and in about an hour we will kick off day two. I will be heading back home tonight after 5. Hope your day is wonderful. I am listening to I, Michael Bennett this morning on my IPOD, love that series. 🙂
Oh… and if you want to read the rest of the article on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, ummm…. you know, just for ummmm…. research. Feel free to do so here.
Good morning! Happy Tuesday! It is drizzly here in Minnesota this morning. I am up early serving for IHN and now sitting down to write a quick post before I go to work.
Yesterday I spoke in a nearby town to a group of 40 retired teachers about Banned Books. I know right? SO how did that happen?
A woman who is on the Friends Of The Library board “witnessed” my passion for banned books a few weeks ago and asked me if I would speak to this group. I said yes and it sounded like a really good idea at the time…
until when I was driving their yesterday and thought, I wonder if some of these teachers will be teachers I had as a student? AND…. I wondered if they would think that grown up Sheila is kind of a “rebel with a cause”talking about banned books....
When I arrived I was thrilled to see 4 of the teachers were teachers I once had. And they remembered me which always amazes me because throughout my life time I probably had about 40 teachers and they have about 1,000 students throughout their career….
AND talking about banned books was actually fun. I brought some of my own, had pictures of the ones I did not own and went from the current champions of banned: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, SPEAK, to the surprises: LORAX, The Dictionary, Lord Of The Rings, and of course the classics… It was actually a lot of fun and there were questions afterwards – a great question was,
“Do you think an author may sometimes try to be a bit controversial to hit the banned books list, after all… ban a book the kids want to read it more…”
While I can not speak for the authors, I figured in most cases no…. but who knows really…. 😛
When I was done speaking I was given a gift, a banned book bracelet (SSSQQQUUUEEE!) I have always wanted one! It really was a good time.
In other news, I noticed that The Twelve by Justin Cronin is now available for purchase. Serious SSSQQQUUUEEEE worthy. If you have not read The Passage (click for my review)– oh my… you MUST. And when you are done, be sure and give The Twelve a try. I have yet to read my copy of The Twelve and that is really insane since The Twelve was the one book I wanted most when I went to BEA in June and I have now had it on my shelf all these months.
SO off to work. I plan to be back later with a review. Have an awesome day!!!!
Have you read The Passage or Justin Cronin?
Leslie from Under my Apple Tree, and myself both enjoy audio books. I love to look at her audio reviews and see what she is suggesting. Yes, even us audio book lovers need go-to audio book lovers… much like us book people seek out other book people. 😀
Through our chatting recently on audio books we though it would be fun to give you a little bit of our background with audio, and then open it up to you to ask questions on each of our blogs. We will have a random drawing on each blog for those who do ask questions about audio books. Feel free to ask the same question on each blog as we will probably answer it differently. I have about 2 1/2 years of audio book experience but Leslie has about 4 years!
How long have you been listening to audiobooks and how long did it take you to be comfortable with the format?
For me, I didn’t start getting into audio book until after I had begun book blogging. My opinion on audio books was something my aunt and uncle did when they drove their RV from California to Minnesota each spring. In other words… old school. Outdated. I imagined them surrounded with a case of cassette tapes, choosing what to listen to next as they bounced along the highways…
Then, in late 2009 I was offered a few audio books through Hatchette audio for review. I remember starting with James Patterson. I liked some of Patterson’s books, so why not? The series I started with was The Michael Bennett series and the first audio was Step On A Crack. What I thought about audio books that day (monotone readers blah blah blah) went out the window.
What I learned is that audio can be exciting! The narrators show emotions, the different characters have voices you come to recognize, and in this audio books case and the others in this series that followed – they had sound effects!
So began my love of audio. It was truly trial and error in the beginning. I had no idea how to pick out good audio. Many in the early listens were mediocre. But when I hit a good one – I knew they were out there.
Since audiobooks are an acquired skill, what should listeners look for when selecting a book? What should they avoid?
When selecting an audio book watch to see if the audio is abridged on unabridged. I always go unabridged, I think most of us do.
If the narrator is new to you, many websites offer sample listening of the audio so you can see if it is too your liking. I also like to watch from ratings on narrations and see what others are saying about the audio.
See how many hours the audio book you are thinking of is. I personally prefer my audio books between 6 and 10 hours. However, in the case of books that I really want to read, I will go longer. 11-22-63 was 30 hours and 40 minutes. The Passage by Justin Cronin was 36 hours and 52 minutes. Both were well worth it.
Audio books can get pricey however many libraries have audio for rent as well as to download. Sites like Amazon, half.com, Bargainbooks.com, Ebay all can have great deals on audio books. I recently picked up 10 audio books of newer titles for $2.99 each at Bookbargains.com. I am also a HUGE fan of audible.com where you can get an audio a month for $7.99 your choice! Your first audio book with Audible.com is free, and there is no contract ever…. you can stop any time. I have been using them for two years and just recently updated my account from one audio a month to two. They also have awesome sales where many titles will be $5 or less. See my audible.com link on the right sidebar for more information.
What audiobooks would you recommend to new listeners?
If you are dipping an ear into audio let me just say, YAY!!! Now that first audio experience is important so here are a few I would suggest depending on your tastes…
- Any of The Harry Potter books with either narrator Stephen Fry or Jim Dale. Both are fantastic and you will sweat that is Hagrid in the room with you!
- Ready Player One. If you have reading the audio book week posts, then enough said. We are all raving about this one. 🙂
- The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks – f you like historical non fiction this one is incredible!
- The Magicians King – a grown up Harry Potter. Picture Potter if they could have done the college years and tossed him into Narnia… ok, now you are with me 😀
Now we open the discussion to you. Feel free to add to what was discussed here. Please ask questions! Any comment that contributes to the discussion or relevant question will count towards a chance to win an audio book of choice from Amazon up to a $20 value. Winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the Audio Book Week.
Good morning and happy Tuesday!
Today is my first day back to work in 9 days. I had all last week off for the Book Expo in New York (see my final post on that here) and then I took yesterday off to experience the Duluth Minnesota book sale – the coveted book sale for me of the past few years.
Why coveted? Word on the street was the Duluth Library sale was the best in Minnesota. Seems like I either missed the date each year, or had a conflict and could not go. This year I made it.
I had some things I liked and some things not so much… here is my pro/con list for this sale:
When in line they give you numbers so once you have your number you can go do whatever (I went to Starbucks), come back before they open at 10 am and they let you in by number.
Many of the books were older titles (as in many years). I am usually looking for books I have heard about recently or a couple years old.
The cost for the large paperback I love was $1.00 each. At Brainerd sale, they are 25 cents each.
The quantity to me felt less than Brainerd’s although Duluth’s sale is so much bigger.
To be a friend of the Duluth Library you have to pay $10, this gets you in the first day of the sale. Brainerd’s is $5 for the membership.
Overall it was a fun experience, I talked to some fun people in the line while I waited, but for a two hour drive one way, I don’t think I found enough to make it an annual thing. Here is what I left with:
My biggest thrill was the hard cover of The Passage. I have a paper back copy but that one will now go to our cabin for guest reading and the hard cover goes on my top shelf all time favs.
Curious – do you have library sales in your area? What do you look for?