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Publisher's Summary

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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did not meet my expectations

i considered this book after many book reviewers talked so much about this book that its amazing its that good this good but i did not find it met the kind of hipe they gave it . there were many places i felt oh nice now i guess it will take a turn and some good thing which I couldn't predict will happen but everytime i was dissapointmented bcoz i could guess it coming . i did not like it as such.

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Brilliant

it's a brilliant piece of work. Highly recommended! Don't think twice before picking up this book, and the audio just adds to the overall effect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-20

Bravo

oh... I like John Marrs' books!!!
I like then in Audiobook version even more
Beautiful voices, beautiful entonation, great story, a huge cast... what else can a girl ask for?

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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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  • 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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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • al
  • 07-05-20

Another banger!

Another banger by John Marrs, he is fast becoming one of my new favourite authors. It's like Black Mirror but with more back story and follow through. It would be easy to get swept away with the hype of driver less cars without thinking about how they could be used and abused but this book definitely makes you think. I highly recommend this book and the narration was good although I dislike the audio play feel to it sometimes.

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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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  • Danny
  • 05-06-19

Another great book

I was engrossed from beginning till the end. For me best book of 2019 so far !!

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  • Rica
  • 11-08-20

Marrs’ plots are a-mazing

This is the 4th of John Marrs books that I’ve listened to - each one has been stranger than the last without actually challenging credulity. They paint scenarios that are freakishly plausible from where we are now. The plots are also tense, fast paced and mostly unpredictable. Only the language itself is a little dull and that is why I haven’t given this book the full five stars. Marrs often falls back onto cliched phrases as though he is moving so fast that he doesn’t have time to find his own words for things. It’s a shame, but it won’t stop me listening to more - maybe just interspersed with richer writing. All Marrs’ imagination seems to be poured into his story lines - and they are rippers!

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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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  • jades666
  • 23-07-21

Interesting read

I enjoyed this novel the subject matter was something different and the twists kept coming all around the way I through

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  • Caz
  • 14-05-21

Perfect recipe of suspense and entertainment

John Marrs is my current fave author - you just know it's going to be good because he wrote it. After watching "The One" on Netflix I listened to his book "What Lies Between Us" and LOVED it. Actually I binged it!! Now I am working my way through his back catalogue.

This book "The Passengers" is the perfect recipe of fear, suspenseful thriller, titillation and entertainment and the premise is utterly believable. I love that he builds in themes from this other books, but you do not have to have read them to follow the current plot.

I was a little disappointed by the finish of this one, so it dropped to only 4 stars, not 5 but still excellent and absolutely recommended. Next John Marrs... Next....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-21

Intriguing story

Kept me interested the whole way through. Enjoyed the ending and the different characters.

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  • Onyajay
  • 19-10-20

Riveting

Some people said they couldn’t keep the characters straight. There are about 5-6 pairs of characters- at first. Just know this and you’ll easily remember. After an hour it all becomes clear- it’s another clever, intertwined futuristic, tech gone wrong story - playing on both our hopes for the future and our fear of the future. My only regret was the ending - I love a wound up end. This is not a dangler but somewhere in between dangling and resolution. Loved it.

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  • Lara Jayne
  • 05-09-20

Wow. What a find.

Really enjoyed this one. First book from this author and have now bought 3 more. It had a mix of all the genres I love from thriller to sci fi. Highly recommended!

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  • samantha
  • 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