I hate audiobooks!
Well, hate may be too strong a word, so let me walk that back.
Let’s just say that audio-books and I don’t vibe, most of the time. Though, I have had a lot of luck with Contemporary Romances.
Despite having tried other audio-genres, and finding myself disinterested, I wanted to give John Marrs’ The Passengers a shot.
So, I borrowed it from the library.
Synopsis: Eight people have their self-driving cars hacked. They each receive a message: in 2.5 hours, it is highly likely that you will be dead.
The passengers are – An expectant mom. A film star. A wife. Her husband. A suicidal man. A disabled war hero. An illegal immigrant. An abusive wife fleeing her husband.
Who lives? Who dies? You be the judge. But is there more to the passengers than meets the eye?
Long story short: I gave it 4 stars.
The first two parts were thrilling!
Hooked from Chapter 1, I was on the edge of my seat all the way through part 2. It reads like you’re watching a movie, and features a full cast.
In my opinion, the story lost steam in part 3, and by the time I reached part 4, I was ready for it to end.
To be totally honest, I’m not sure if this was because of the story, or because I felt rushed since the due date was fast approaching.
So, how did I arrive at a 4 star rating? Easy, parts one and two were a solid 5 stars. I rated parts three and four, 3 stars. Then I averaged them out.
Overall, The Passengers was an enjoyable audio-book, and brings up interesting fruit for discussion, and introspection.
This audio-book showed promise from the start, and even had me hooked for a good while. But ultimately, it didn’t end on as high of a note as it began on.
If the premise interests you, and you’re in the mood for an engaging audio-read, give it a shot.
Until next time: happy reading!
All the Best,
P.S. What audio-books have you enjoyed?