• The Twelve

  • Book Two of The Passage Trilogy
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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The Twelve

By: Justin Cronin
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future…. Until they were selected for a secret experiment….to create something more than human.

Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick. Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and Macbeth.

In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

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'Viral' post-apocalyptic adventure #2.

At the end of reading 'The Passage', part one of Justin Cronin's triology, there was no doubt that I would immediately buy 'The Twelve' and I was not disappointed. The Twelve picks up where The Passage left of and continues the adventure at the same pace and excitement as the first book. This time the story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, or more accurately, a satisfying resting point, while setting the scene for the finale, 'The City of Mirrors'. I'm waiting impatiently...

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Still doesn't know what it wants to be

I reviewed the first book in this series and my conclusion was that it didn't know what it wanted to be. It started out as a mystery thriller with suspense, action and well developed characters. It was interesting. Then it turned into a Mad Max with zombie vampires, and shallow characters. This books goes even further. It has flash-backs to the 'present day' of the first book. Here characters start to get interesting again, and it's like Justin Cronin is back on his own turf. But then you are taken forward to the time period of the second half of the first book. However, now it starts to become more of a fantasy setting, with super humans and sorceresses and fairy tale loyal horses and what have you. At the same time it's a 1984 Big Brother setting with a V for Vendetta coating, or perhaps it is a concentration camp story. The characters that seemed interesting have become caricatures of despotic leaders and their actions and motifs are very much a cliché. Again ther rule change. Suddenly humans can assimilate some of the vampire powers, and become dictators. The vampires are not that much of a threat really and they can all be easily wiped out. Humans are the true threat to humanity. Whaaat?

In this book Scott Brick's over-dramatic narration felt more at home, or perhaps the constant change of story line made me oversee the narration.

Why did I listen to the second book of a series I apparently do not like very much. Well, there is still something to it, so I have to give it a pass with three out of five.

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A quality writer and a great plot!

I was a huge fan of The Passage so was awaiting the release of the next installment with great enthusiasm. The Twelve did not dissapoint, it delivered with regards to both plot and character development. The writing was magnificent and the performance was excellent, which only enhanced the story and made this one of the most pleasurable experiences I have had with an audio book.

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Not especially surprising end to this series

This book really added very little to the first. It wasn't full of surprises, rather it just rounded out what we thought would happen after the first book ended.

Narrator - The narrator did quite well with no serious inconsistencies with accents and so forth. I felt that the narrator did nothing to add to the story but did nothing to detract from it either.

Story - Fairly mundane to tell the truth. It sometimes felt like the author got a little lost with his characters. Some of the characters appeared to behave in ways that did not ring true. Having said that I am glad that I finished the series.

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An Awesome Continuation!!!

Great continuation to the story. There is no way to know where the story is going to take you which is wonderful. I simply can not wait for the third and final book of the trilogy.

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A worthy follow up to The Passage

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

Scott Brick brings life to each of the characters so you can just lose yourself in them and the story.

What did you like best about this story?

A great follow on from the 1st book.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's Mr Audiobook. No other narrarter seems to bring the depth of narration to books that he does.

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Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve?

All of it

Which scene was your favorite?

Book Two

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Amy, but cant say why, it may ruin the read for someone

Any additional comments?

No

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so slow

i was really looking forward to this book counting down days. it was slow confusing and jumpy, you would start to relate then it would jump to someone new. i put it down pick it back up put it down again. i like my books to keep me guessing and wanting more, to consume my thoughts. this was painfull i only gave it the chance because i loved the first one so much..

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  • dawn
  • 12-26-12

How wrong was I?

This is amazing. When I reviewed The Passage I had lost faith with it about a third of the way through. I did go back to it and fell in love with it.....and then The Twelve. Justin Cronin has done something amazing - weaves a story which reflects and reviews the Passage whilst moving the story forward. I needed to read both to totally appreciate the writing, the story, and the premiss. If you love Stephen King 'end of the world tales' like the stand and under the dome, you will adore this end of the world survivors story. The characters are amazing and well written, the story is interwoven between the Passage and the Twelve and I am awaiting with glee part 3 of the trilogy. This is not the glittery romantic vampire tales you may be used to - it is deeper, darker and so much much more. Move over Frannie Goldmsith and Katniss Everdean there is a new girl in town, and she is my new virtual best friend ....... Amy Bellafonte.

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  • Fadila
  • 11-28-12

What a waste of time!

The Passage was one of my absolute favorite books. I found that the story was fresh, well written and totally engrossing - and the narration by Scot Brick was excellent. Therefore, I had eagerly awaited the release of The Twelve and downloaded it on its first day of release on Audible. To say that I was bitterly disappointed by The Twelve would be a criminal understatement!



The great narration by Scot Brick is still there, but the quality in the writing and story that was present in The Passage is gone. It's like the book has been written by a different author.

The characters that I Ioved in Book 1 are totally unrecognisable and the story drags on without purpose. I lost interest and didn't care what happened to the characters, as they were really getting on my nerves!



It's quite sad that it seems the author wanted to turn the brilliant story that he started in The Passage into a trilogy just for the sake of it. I will most definitely not be getting Book 3 when it comes out.

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  • Tara Mcgrath
  • 11-16-12

Disappointed

Let me start by saying that I loved The Passage, the audio version was splendid, great characters, exciting narrative and brilliant writing. I have been looking forward to listening to The Twelve since I finished The Passage 2.5yrs ago, I downloaded it the day it came out. Boy was I in for a sugar crash.

Same great narration by Scott Brick and some great sections of writing but the book has been written so self consiously in the knowledge that it will be translated to the big screen it started to become annoying. There is character cliche after character cliche and no end of bad one liners. The narrative really didn't flow and I started to switch off and really not care what happened to the characters i had loved so much in The Passage. Such a shame that money and hype have some how taken away the soul of what this trilogy could have been.

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  • Wras
  • 08-13-16

Darker than night thicker than blood, just despair


This is even darker than the passage, the sense of angst and the bleakness of the situation soaks every page not in red blood but black despair, this is a book that makes 1984 seem happy by comparison.

We start at the beginning and are reintroduced to a minor character that moves the plot in the future a recounting of the Passage story in a biblical format is given, to remind you of old events then we move 90 years ahead into a future where some of the old hero's are still trying to save humanity against big odds, the vampires are organized and have plans of their own and they dispense with all niceties to feed enslave and grow.

This is a good second part if you do not mind blick apocalyptic living, torture,terror and terrorism al through the story, for me the length of the book is oppressive and represents way more time than I want to spend in a hellish place.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-12

Superb novel

Before listening to this book I would recommend "The Passage", which is the prequel. Both books are long and a little long winded at times, but well worth the effort. I love these books.

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  • TSUK79
  • 07-17-16

even better the second time

read these books when they first came out, loved the audio narration. about to start the third book, doing it directly on audio because of how much I've enjoyed

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  • DEBORAH
  • 11-12-16

Excellent

A brilliantly written book amazing listen, I loved it can't wait for the last book already bought it.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-02-16

Flawless performance of a fantastic book

Flyers! Where to start with my review? Firstly, Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. He brings characters to life, he creates images in my mind that I wouldn't particularly get from reading the book.

Secondly, I have never cried over a book before... until now. I feel a deep connection with the characters and even on my second read through I cried at the second to last chapter of The Twelve.

In preparation for the third and final book (which has been released today) I have listened back through The Passage and The Twelve and both have been just as good, if not better than the first time I listened to them.

Definitely my favourite book trilogy of all time.

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  • K. Bridges
  • 10-09-16

Fantastic listen

The second in the trilogy is just as compelling, if not even more so. I love the narration which definitely adds to the overall experience and I love the fact that every single character has their place. I'm off to listen to "The City of Mirrors"...

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  • Louby
  • 12-29-12

Not As Gripping As The Passage

I absolutely loved the story telling of The Passage and the characters. I have listened to it 4 times since its release and in the run up to the 2nd book's release. So, The Twelve; The narration by Scott Brick is still outstanding. However, I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. This book I found VERY confusing. The story didn't flow as well as The Passage and it was unnecessarily darker, gory and disturbing than the first book.At times it reminded me of gory parts of The Stand and Swan Song. Some of the plot just didn't make sense and I was left feeling quite frustrated at times. I will give it a listen again in the future, maybe before the third instalment comes out. The story was good, but the flow and writing wasn't on parr with The Passage.

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  • Mishka
  • 04-22-16

excellent and gripping!!!

It held me fast like superglue - very gripping!!! I could not put it down...

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  • Chrissie
  • 05-18-16

Fantastic book, can't wait for the nezt

A must read if you enoyed number one....what a great ending. Bring on number three

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-22

That’s me done.

I read the first book, Great, wonderful, interesting concepts brought up and interesting world that was designed.

This book was just misery porn set in a vampire concentration camp. It seemed to abandon a bunch of the interesting ideas the last book had going for it, for a more boring “bad guy is bad” story

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  • Tim Bloomfield
  • 07-05-21

Amazing!

I'm new to audiobooks, this was read beautifully! Recommend this to anyone who loves thriller/horror stories!

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  • Carl
  • 06-16-21

Amazing story just so relevant. Scott Brick too 👍

Just listen, and be entranced. A human version of the Lord of the Rings. Just fantastic.

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  • Jamie Dale
  • 03-20-21

Excellent Sequal

Great trilogies are rare and hard to come by. Looking forward to the great finale!

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  • Linda
  • 08-30-19

The Passage Trilogy

Oh I love this series! I'm off to start Book three. Can't wait! Justin Cronin rocks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-19

If only the story was as good as the narrator.....

This book, 2 of the series, is quite confusing and not as good as the first.
The narrator, however, does such a good job you stick with it and now I'm looking forward to the third instalment which, I am told, is as good as the first.

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  • Thomas Ashton
  • 03-18-19

Loved It

I recently listened to Scott Brick narrate The Passage, loved that and was not disappointed by the next instalment, The Twelve. Brick does a fantastic job narrating and Justin Cronin has such a unique and fulfilling manner of storytelling, with beautiful writing, capturing what could be an all-too-told story into an an amazingly crafted, immerse experience. I'm yet to complete the trilogy, but The Passage trilogy is already my most highly recommended book in years.

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  • Charlie
  • 03-10-19

Fantastic Follow Up

As a sequel to the first book I was worried how it would go. Within the first few chapters my fears were put aside. An amazing follow up to The Passage which has me chomping at the bit for the finale.