Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - THE TWELVE - BY JUSTIN CRONIN

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?
 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I am loving this series.  The books are loooooooong, but they are wonderful.  I have been listening to this one for quite a while.  I only get to listen when I am getting ready or cleaning, which I love...but sometimes it doesn't offer me much time to listen.  I hated turning it off every time!

This book was so exciting.  There is so much going on as the humans try to get rid of the virals.  There are some who think that the world can exist with both, and then there are the smart ones, who know it's not possible.

Now, having said this, there are a few of the "virals" that are not "real" virals.  They still know whats right and wrong, and want the world to be returned to "normal".  Alicia and Amy are my favorites of these different beings.  They bring so much to this book.

I love how this book brought characters more into play from the first book.  We get to find out about what happened to a few "insignificant" characters from book one, that turn out to be very important in this installment.  

The fight was epic!  You must read to know what I am talking about.  The groups coming together was awesome.  The connections in this installment are so great.  I cannot wait to see what the third book brings!  I am so excited for it.

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away by accident.  I just really enjoyed this book and The Passage.  They are both fantastic.  I hate waiting for books to come out so I try really hard not to start them until they are all out.  Sometimes I just can't.  I must read them now...hehe

The next book doesn't come out till May of 2016...UGH!  That is a long time to wait to read about the epic conclusion of this series.  Well, I am hoping it's as epic as the first two :).

I love Cronin's writing and I really enjoy the narrator Scott Brick.  His voice is so nice to listen to.

I hope you will give this series a chance.  It has been so great so far.  The second book was even better than the first book.  I am hoping the trend continues with the third book.

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  There is language, and the f-bomb is dropped quite a bit, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Justin Cronin
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers’ Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


NARRATOR:

Scott Brick
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Scott Brick is a prolific audiobook narrator.

Actor, screenwriter, and audiobook narrator Scott Brick definitely gives new meaning to a hyphenate career with credits in film, television, stage, and radio. Born on January 30, 1966, in Santa Barbara, Brick studied both acting and writing at UCLA, and joined the ranks of working professionals upon leaving school in 1989. He then spent 10 years with the LA-based Will and Company, a traveling Shakespearean company that performed for schools throughout California.

Brick went on to become a freelance writer and in 2000 was hired by Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment to adapt Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama for the big screen. Also in 2000, Brick ventured into narrating audiobooks and quickly found himself embraced by the audio world...
To date he's won over 30 Earphones Awards for his narrating skills, as well as the 2003 Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. After recording some 300 titles in five years," AudioFile" named Brick "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him a Golden Voice. But it was the "Wall Street Journal" that sealed the moniker with a front page interview piece in November 2004. Most recently, he collaborated with famed sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card to adapt a collection of Card's short stories for the stage, which resulted in the play Posing as People, as well as completed the production draft of Rama, set to be directed by David Fincher. Earlier this year, Brick was named Narrator of the Year by "Publishers Weekly" and is currently writing his first novel, a modern-day supernatural thriller based on an 18th-century murder in New England. No word on whether any celebrities will be asked to record the audiobook.