There was always something happening, and enough good folks and bad folks to keep you listening to see where it was going to go. It's totally unpredictable.
Swan is of course the main focus of the piece but I liked the ex-wrestler Josh, and I enjoyed Sister. The book is so full of interesting (and enough nefarious) characters that picking your favorite is really very hard.
He does a great job. With so many characters it could get confusing, but he sees to it that each is different and unique; no easy task in a book of this size.
Swan Song is a pretty good title, both a play on words and an accurate look at what happens in the book...but if I absolutely had to rename it, I would call it: Apocalypse Redeemed.
This is the second time I have read this book. I read it to myself the first time and listened maybe 20 years later and though I remembered little things and that it was an excellent book, it was a totally new experience, especially having it read to me. I can't recommend it much higher than that.
Swan Song is one of my top 10 favorite books. I've actually read it several times. However, the last time I read it was at least a decade ago. So, when I listened to the book it was almost like reading it for the first time all over again! I'll definitely be listening to this book again.
Swan Song has often been compared to The Stand by Stephen King. Both books do have 1 thing in common, they are both about the end of the world. Personally, I think that's where the similarities end.
Tom Stechschulte has a wonderful rhythm. His narration is mesmerizing. He brought a different dimension to this book. I enjoyed his narration so much, I will be looking for other books that he's narrated.
There are a lot of memorable characters, but my favorite is Sister. She's a character that one should strive to emulate.
Not the narrator
I haven't read many books like this one
Tom is completely wrong for this book, his cartoonish over the top character voices are more suited to children's books
I read the Kindle book and listenedat the same time. This is a great story with the perfect mixture of real world human drama and magic. It was written in the 80s and is a little dated, but it really didn't bother me.
When I was "reading" the story I was sucked right, however when I listened the readers cartoonish style pulled my right out. Tom's silly, stereotypical character voices turn this great story of human struggle into a Sunday afternoon B movie of bad acting.
I really wish Audible would put a little more thought into which one of their narrators reads which book.
Narration was excellent, however the story was long and rather depressing. I'd be very interested in hearing from the author. How does writing something like this spill over into their regular life?
Great Friendship Saga
Sister's scene on the mountain toward the end.
Josh. He was a warm hearted teddy bear.
I will be looking for more fiction by this author.
Say something about yourself!
I loved everything. My mother has been trying to get e to read this for almost 15 years. I'm sorry I waited so long. Robert McCammon is an amazing author
People compare this to the stand for some reason that I can't figure. Except for being the apocalypse and having a mysterious villain. They are nothing alike. I think this is very original
He does a very good job. He dies different voices for every character. Add lots of drama to the reading. Doesn't speak in monotone at any point. I wish he did more readings.
Why would anyone want to do that. Silly question
This is a very good story. Some parts can be horrific, and graphic. However, what about a nuclear holocaust is supposed to be pleasant. I think he did a very good job of describing what desperate people are capable of. Just remember though, the sun always rises, evil only triumphs when good people do nothing.
A great read
Josh...did what he needed to always. A true class act
This was the first
Beware of your inner self
An amazing book that keeps you wanting to listen to more. Great characters with gripping stories that bring them all together in the end. By far this is Roberts McCammons best book.
An audio book fiend
Haven't read it, but I felt that the narration made some of the characters sound similar and to me that stuck out. It didn't ruin the book by any means however, still a very fun listen. I kept wanting to stay up at night and listen to it.
I really liked Roland! He started as a kid with an overactive imagination and an affinity for violence and became an incredible character.
He does a good job on 90% of the characters and I think in particular, he did well on Josh's voice.
This is a really good book and if you liked "The Stand" then you will love this book. In the beginning of the book I wish we had gotten more background behind the reasons for the military action. Also, in the middle of the book we all of the sudden jump 7 years and assume that a great deal of character development has occurred but I didn't feel as though that were true when listening to some of the story lines. However this was still a very fun listen for me and I would do it again. None of what I mentioned were more than hiccups in the story line. Definitely give this one a chance if, like me, you were captured by "The Stand" and wanted to try another similar story.
The storyline is an old concept. Therefore, he needed to apply a new twist to it.
It was a series of stereotype after another. The characters were not interesting.
I'm really sorry to say that this story should not have been written. Therefore, all of the characters should have been omitted along with its storyline.
I've read other reads comment that Mr. McCammon is a good writer. I'm afraid I will not attempt another book.
The book is brimming with cliches. Good is embodied by an innocent child, evil is embodied by a gluttonous effeminate child-molesting man, etc etc ad nauseum. It definitely made me roll my eyes more than a few times. The writing style is okay, and the story is somewhat original, but you can see most of it coming a hundred miles away. Also, numerous plot points remain unresolved and unexplained. It's always easier to begin a story than end one!
I wouldn't give it a glowing recommendation, but it's worth a listen if you have nearly 40 hours to spare.
It was far too long, but I did end up listening to the whole thing.... so that's something.
The performance is excellent. That might be what kept me listening, more so than the text.