Finally! Ever since I finished Ready Player One (one month ago -- yes, I'm behind with my reviews), I haven't been able to settle into a new audiobook. I've tried all of these:
A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
Calico Joe by John Grisham
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
I'm not just talking about listening for a few minutes or a couple of hours. I've listened to most of these for at least a couple of days! It's been very frustrating to not be able to get engrossed in a good audiobook, especially since this has been a banner year for me. I've listened to so many wonderful books so far (15!), and find that I'm a bit lost when I don't have one to listen to while I drive to and from work, while working around the house, or in those first two hours at the store before we open.
So what has pulled me out of this slump, you ask?
The Passage by Justin Cronin!!! Oh. My. Gosh! This is so good!! (Yes, I just used a ridiculous number of exclamation points!!)
I have the printed version of Cronin's novel in my stacks, and I'm sure I'll refer to it to mark a page here and there, but the audio is exceeding my expectations. As with another fantastic audio production (The Help by Kathryn Stockett), there are three readers for this novel: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden. I've only listened to the first twelve chapters, but the suspense is amazing. Cronin is proving to be a marvelous storyteller and I find I have to remind myself that this is not a Stephen King novel. However, King is most certainly a fan:
I made sure to download the unabridged version. All 36 hours and 49 minutes of storytelling.
"Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin's The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears."--Stephen King
I have a feeling it won't be long enough.
Not to worry.
This is a trilogy.
The Twelve is due out on October 16th.
With regards to the list of my earlier attempts, are there any that I should try again? Any winners in the bunch?