I think the best comparison is "The Passage" (or "The Twelve")
Post-apocalyptic world, handful of characters trying to survive & repair the damage. No monsters (well, not exactly) zombies, vampires, etc., just people being unchained and letting their dark sides out.
Nope. I was a little concerned at the start that I wasn't going to like this narrator, but once he got into the swing of the story I'd say it was a pretty great performance.
Bottom line, I highly recommend this book to any fans of the post-apocalypse or dystopia genre.
It's an intriguing story, has enough surrealism sprinkled in to keep you wondering, likable characters, and great villains. It also has a big perk in being a fairly long story, so you really have time to dig in and watch the characters evolve.
I had to force myself to finish this, just on principle and just in hopes it would improve. I'd hoped to learn something about survival since this book was touted as an apocalyptic, but there was nothing informative. Overall, this audiobook seemed like a sportscaster calling a seemingly interminable video game.
The reader was good in terms of making the different characters easy to identify, but the tone was often droney and sleepy with periodic screams and hollers that were like stabs to my ears. I often listen at night with my cell phone near my pillow. Heaven forbid the hearing damage that might be caused by using earphones.
Supernatural objects and the shape-changing antagonist were used liberally to weave together a weak story line.
I wish I'd just given up at the first holler.
I have actually bought a hard copy of the book because I want to share the story with my friends.
Meeting and follow Sister creep. I loved her tenacity and compassion
Sister creep and the devil on opposing sides
I listened to this book, and was so disappointed when it ended. I am now looking for another book to listen too but am afraid that after Swan Song it is going to be difficult to find another one to grip me as this one did.
If you like Stephen King's "The Stand", you will love this apocalyptic tale of good vs. evil. Filled with well defined characters and narrated beautifully. It had me laughing and crying at the same time.
Oh yes! I will listen to this book many, many times. I loved it so much. Great story & characters.
For me it was when one of the main characters died. This is the first time I've been moved to tears by reading/listening.
His change of characters was very well done. Usually I find that distracting, but really enjoyed him.
Oh I tried! For 3 days I did nothing but listen to this. Usually when I listen to books I craft, or clean, or play a video game, but with this book I was completely absorbed into the story.
You must read this book! It is so well written, and so enjoyable!
Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.
Swan song is worth every hour! I couldn't put it down. Frightening but well crafted and beautiful.
Overly dramatic, cliche after cliche, in-your-face "foreshadowing", inconsistency in the characters. The narrator was great with the male voices, absolutely terrible with the women's voices.
This was a long book. It was well written. The author took you on a trip similar to King`s The Stand. Only it wasn't disease but nuclear. Great characters. Definitely ranked high on my list for a good read.
The diversity of the characters and the reality that good trumps evil.
Yes I would recommend it because it explores the meaning of the human experience. If we did have a world wide catastrophe how would we respond? Would be be "civilized" or not so much?
Yes I would try another of Roberts books because he tells a good story, also incorporating lots of thoughts on good, evil, meaning of life, hope and so on.
Josh, no question.
Yes, except that you can't! It is too long!
The character definition and vivid descriptions.
There are many facets to the story and it was nice to see it all come together. It was also nice to listen to a book that did not have a single zombie in it.
For the Overall rating, I gave it 4 out of 5 since there was a lot of unexplained "magic". Otherwise, it was enjoyable as any other end-of-the-world books.