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Description

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...

The Twelve

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critiques

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[A] blockbuster." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"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." ( Time)

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  • Global
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  • Fred
  • 27/11/2012

Loved the first book, disappointed by the second

What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

The audio performance was just fine, the writing is well done, but I felt that the plot failed me when compared to the first book. Just not as strong.

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  • Global
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  • Lolapk
  • 07/11/2012

Sequel lacks punch and excitement of The Passage

I really enjoyed the Passage, but The Twelve just doesn't stack up. The characters that were developed in the first book seemed thin and generally not as interesting as in the first book. I just didn't care about them in this book.
Scott Brick's narrative style of making most sentences full of breathy emotion was particularly annoying in this rendition.
The plot is not tightly written and so highly fragmented between characters, flashbacks, switches of venue, that it's hard to feel attached to the characters from scene to scene.
If there was a third installment I wouldn't read it. But I recommend the Passage which is original, much tighter and with much better character development.

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  • Sheri
  • 10/08/2016

Difficult to follow

There are far too many characters and the story jumped around between them - was it between time periods? I don't even know, as I found it so difficult to follow what was happening. Unlike the the first book, this second volume didn't hold my attention. I was glad when it was over...well, actually I moved on with 45 minutes left to listen - what does that say?! Not sure I will invest my time in the third volume.

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  • Sarah
  • 07/11/2015

Not as good as the first book

The narrator was not great. In fact it almost got in the way of the story. But then again, the story wasn't great. It started out ok, but quickly became boring, the pace was slow and plodding. The first book was fantastic. Not sure if as much thought went into this one. Sorry but I can't recommend it.

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  • Shawn Martin
  • 26/10/2015

trash cut from book one? second book!

this guy needs someone to tell him when he's wasting our time. 90% wasted time.

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  • Randall
  • 15/06/2018

TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH


I listened to the first of this series "The Passage".This title was fun and fairly well written, but it was a little hard to follow and jumped around a bit. It was a new take on an old idea "vampires", and how they were created by the government to be super human fighters.
The second in this series "The Twelve" is more of the same, except it jumps timeline and from place to place so much that it is very hard to follow. I did like that it gave some more missing details and background. But I don't think it was worthy of an entire second part in this continuing series. It could have easily been edited and added to the first book. This second book seemed forced and predictable. Since it seemed to come to a satisfactory conclusion I will opt out on a third and final in the series.



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  • Jwiz
  • 07/01/2018

Honestly I have no idea what good thing to say.

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

Maybe.

Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Scott Brick.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Umm is was dark and depressing. It was also twisted and deal with the dirtiest of humanity...delving into their sociology and personality. It just really made you want to rid yourself of the memory of it.....there needs to be a warning if you have a tendency like I do to feel depressed because this is a very dark book.

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  • james
  • 25/04/2017

had a hard time staying engaged. No action

I started off well but turned into a jumble which I struggled through. I
think I might stop at two

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  • M. Beauregard
  • 18/09/2016

a waste of time

This book was clearly written only because he needed three to make a trilogy. "The Twelve" don't even appear until the last pages.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Melody
  • 26/11/2012

Not as good at the first book

What did you like best about The Twelve: A Novel? What did you like least?

I loved the Passage and was very much looking forward to this new book. I purchased it as soon as it came out, however, it was dissapointing. I have to admit I felt a little cheated with this one. The story seemed dull comparison to the first book. If he writes another sequel I would buy it, with hope that it compares to the first book again.

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  • BloMa
  • 15/02/2017

Super!

Man kann einfach nicht aufhören, es ist immer spannend! Freue mich schon auf den dritten Teil!

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  • Kimbi
  • 28/03/2015

immer wieder!

ich bin absoluter Wiederholungstäter! kann Buch 3 kaum abwarten! so viele offene Fragen! whoop whoop

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