Having just finished listening to Sean Barrett’s excellent narration of Patrick Suskind’s disturbing and strange Perfume (not available at Audible.com US), I’m starting into The Passage by arrated by
This is one of course I saw at Audible.com last June (2010) when it was released, with some rotating banner ads, etc. You can’t get to everything, and this is one I skipped — just not that interested in vampires or zombies, really, and I was additionally still in a reactionary “I’m not going to read these forays into genre fiction from literary novelists” nonsense mood.
But I got over it, as more people to whom I turn for recommendations kept praising the novel. In his article “Altered Beast” (TIME magazine) Lev Grossman really pitches it well. The novel made TIME’s top 10 post-apocalyptic novel list and eventually made it onto TIME’s Top 10 fiction books of 2010 list. Though ignored by the Nebula and Hugo voters (herein I point toward my own “I will ignore forays into genre fiction from literary novelists” nonsense), it was nominated for a Black Quill Award. Just last week, Scott Brick recorded some thoughts about why The Passage was one of the best books he’d ever narrated. Anyway, the final straw was running into it on the audiobooks shelf of my local library. So: onward into vampiredom!