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The Passengers

Written by: John Marrs
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Passengers by John Marrs.

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

The new gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The One - soon to be a major Netflix series.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife - and parents of two - who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive, but are the passengers all that they first seem?

©2019 John Marrs (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"One of the most exciting, original thriller writers out there, I never miss one of his books." (Simon Kernick)

"It's a real joy to read something totally original, smart and thought provoking." (Peter James) 

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  • Sigrin
  • 07-01-20

Five star audible


This is the fourth John Marrs book I have listened to on audible.

He is a talented writer and each books gets you thinking about the not to distant future or what ifs.

I would not want to compare John Marrs to other authors, however there is a slight similarity with Luke Smitherds writing.

Anyway I digress........ I could not stop on the first day listening to 5.5 hours straight. The next day I I found myself having to slow down, mainly because I did not want it to end. However equally desperate to find out the outcome.

The book summary says it all so no spoilers,. It’s a gripping novel probably better read after his other book The one, the content of which is mentioned in this book.

All the narrators were exemplary and thank you for bringing the book to life.

Personally I find audible is that middle ground between book and film.

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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 15-08-19

Intriguing but did rather go on and ruined by sfx

I did not make it to the end of this book and am returning as though the story was good with plenty of twists and I liked the way it encompassed the earlier "The One" which I really enjoyed.
But for anyone who likes to listen in the evening as a way to unwind I found the many and varied music stings which started off a lot the chapters really jarred especially as many of them sounded like ring tones and just as I was about to really relax ARGHHHHH another sound effect jolted me back to full alert.
So I am not sure if it was because it rattled my nerves as the last thing I want to hear when I am trying to wind down is a cacophony of ring tone like music stings, or if it just seemed to be very drawn out, far too implausible or it was just a bit dark for me but I just lost interest. I really liked "When you disappeared", Her Last Move" and "The One" and I would try another John Marrs book but for whatever reason it became plodding for me plus irritating sfx.
I did think the rest of the production was excellent and loved the narration by Kristin Atherton, Roy McMillan, Tom Bateman, Patience Tomlinson and Shaheen Khan but not so much the other female narrator who I always find a bit irritatingly too goody two shoesy.
Bottom line, if you like really relaxing and drifting off listening to an audio book - this is not an audio book I would recommend.

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  • Gabby
  • 04-06-19

Brilliant book!!

Brilliantly written and so current. In the age of artificial intelligence and technology, this is truly terrifying and scarily believable! I for one am never getting into a fully automated vehicle!!
John Marrs is an amazing story teller and makes you engage emotionally with all the characters ! 5 stars!!! You must listen to
This audio book. It’s amazing!!!

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 31-05-19

Intriguing book

Intriguing book and it continues to intrigue all the way through.
I struggled initially as I didn't like any of the characters and by the end of the book I still didn't like them but i didn't feel bored at any point.

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  • L. Raluy
  • 09-12-19

very easy listen, hard to stop listening.

A quick thrilling book. not very deep characters or story but very engaging. I'm just so fed up of stories depicting strong female characters who at the end still seem to settle down and lo g for a marriage, a baby, a mortgage and a diamond ring... the main characters arch is rubbish really. The book is very entertaining though and I was hooked to the story.

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  • jv
  • 22-07-19

Excellent audio book

What a great story. Topical, thought provoking and well read. It had me on the edge if my seat at times and my mouth fell open in disbelief several times. A really good book for men or women. I've listened to all his. Everyone has the wow factor.

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  • V Nerd - Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 05-07-19

Buckle Yourself in for a Bumpy Ride!

Set in a not-too-distant-future, Britain is now seeing self-drive cars on our roads every day, they are the saviour of our highways, as they help the environment, as well as cutting down traffic jams, they can see possible problems ahead, so will take alternative routes.

You can just get in the car, and relax, maybe sit and read the daily paper, maybe finish putting on your make-up, or because the windows turn opaque and let you play videos, you can sit and scroll through Facebook and Twitter on the way to work...Sounds great right?

And it is, everyone has embraced the future, except some, some people really don't like these cars at all!

Libby is one of these people, she is called for jury duty, but not for what you think, these juries consist of just one member of the public, and they are held in secret to discuss accidents involving Driverless cars, and also to determine who (or what) is at fault.

Headed by the obnoxious MP Jack, the trial is in full swing when the hacker joins the conversation, and he makes it clear very quickly who is in charge!

You see, it turns out that the cars that "could never be hacked" actually could be, and the hacker will show you what happens when you do not pay attention.

A live fed has been set up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram showing the courtroom and all of the Jurors, it also shows the random 8 people that are now stuck in their cars and are all driving to the same location, the exact location, meaning that they will all crash...but the hacker will allow one person to live, who decides that....Oh...it's you!!

A wonderful read with a scary look into our near future.

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  • Chris Carr
  • 04-06-19

A hell of a ride!

John Marrs, you did it again. Absolutely fantastic! I was hooked from the first chapter. Looking forward to the next one already!

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  • walkingrocks
  • 09-03-20

More twists and turns than imaginable

An ending that you never see coming, an excellent roller coaster of plots. powerful central themes. Intense and involving.

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  • S. Smith
  • 19-02-20

Multiple actors and sound effects

The sound effects aren’t needed, they are more notification sounds and jingles, I suppose they might add to the story a little, but for me they were a little distracting. I do enjoy audio dramas as well as audiobooks. I like sound effects that improve the story such as foley. So car sounds key board clicks etc. Multiple actors in my opinion only works when one actor does one character. And sticks to that character no matter who is speaking, it gets a little confusing otherwise. This story reminds me how there are always 3 sides to every story. You need to hear both sides then work out the third side to get to the truth. I didn’t have a problem with any of the narrators, I just prefer it when one person does one voice, this only happened a few times. This wasn’t a book I could listen to at bed time, with the jingles it was too distracting. I enjoyed the storyline.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-19

Very entertaining

A really fun book lots of action and interesting characters I really enjoyed this one

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  • Dean L
  • 21-06-19

Very Enjoyable...

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Well written and great story

Congrats John Marrs...keep up the great story telling

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-20

Disturbing but quite the page turner!

I love finding psychological suspense novels that aren’t scary. I’m also really enjoying this author