This book is very similar to The Stand. However, it does stand (no pun intended) by itself. You come to care about the characters and the trials they all face. The narrator does a very good job with emphasis in the right spots and inflections and nuances to each character. It definitely held my attention with the only drawback being that there were places where I couldn't help but think that The Stand told that better.
I have tried to finish this story but I can't. This story was not what I expected and was NOT for me.
The plot. The extensive use of magic made the story silly. The predictable way that none of the main characters died while others died around them. The allegorical, one-dimensional nature of the characters. The racially stereotyped characters. The foolishly drawn mutant animals.
Spent time making the main characters actually full beings rather than superficial representatives of good or evil.
I'd cut out the demon character. It made the book nothing but a comic book between the good people and the evil monster.
This book had its few amusing moments, but as it wore on, it became more cliched and less interesting. On the whole, I think it's just a very silly book.
I listened to No Country for Old Men and Tom Stechschulte was amazing. This book was embarrassing to listen to. The crying, the gritted teeth, the swallowing, and Sister's voice... sadly, Tom shouldn't have attempted this one. Horrible.
So many unbearable characters... almost too many to list. But Sister would be my most hated character. I was hoping for her demise to come early in the book. I can't believe I had to wait until the very end.
A horrible copy of The Stand. McCammon even tried to use Utah as a staging area. A complete failure of a story, and a waste of my time.
After having read Swan Song three times, I thought I knew the horrors of these characters' lives. The narration gave new depth to every scene. When reading the book, I couldn't put it down, and found myself rushing to read as much as possible in each sitting. When listening, I was forced to move through the book at a slower pace which gave me time to fully absorb the details Mr. McCammon has so graphically provided. Although I didn't think it possible, this book is more compelling in the audio format. I know I will listen to this one more than once.
I read this book when it first came out back in the 80's. I loved this author. I loved this book. I was sorry it came to an end. I don't remember this being in audio back then. I tried to read any books Robert McCammon wrote. I'm so glad to find his books on audio. When I first signed up for Audible there was nothing by him. I have not listened to this yet but I know I will not be disappointed. The Wolf's Hour and They Thirst are also great!!!!
This was an outstanding post-apocalypse good vs. evil story! The author, Robert McCammon, developed all of the characters so well that it was easy to start to feel emotions towards them.
The post-nuclear world that he drew was very dismal and detailed. The aftermath of the radiation exposure to the characters in the book were gruesome. The Devil and his followers in the theme are terrifying! Thank goodness there were the characters Swan, Sister Creep, and the professional wrestler named Josh with their power of courage and love.
I think you will enjoy the outstanding characters and the suspense and the terror in this novel. Everything is excellent about it, including the narrator.
Love, love, love story. Not much can take the place of a book & the turn of a page. But I am learning to love audiobooks.
I love apocolyptic novels. I read that people compare this to Stephen King's The Stand, and it definately has you reminded of that novel as you listen. But it doesn't measure up. I really enjoyed this book. It always kept moving, that's important in this genre. The charactors could have been a little better developed. I wish I felt more connected to them. The plot itself definately took pressidence over character development. I would recomend this to anyone who likes these kind of books as I do, but don't go into it with any preconceived ideas that it should measure up to The Stand or to Justin Cronin's The Passage. If you do, you will be disappointed. It's very hard when you read these kinds of book to not have expectations or to compare. Especially after reading ones as good as those I mention above. I read/listen to a different kind of novel in between. Try it
A richer story, better dialogue, less stereotypical characters, a lot of editing.
The most disappointing was the choice to make the main characters bumbling idiots, weaklings and one dimensional. Oh, and the words. The words in the book were bad.
The performance was fine.
Here's the thing, this book was "recommended" to me by Goodreads because I loved the Stand, by Stephen King. And sure, there are some similarities - post apocalyptic wandering across the former United States, new communities, warring groups forming, some magic. However, King is a storyteller that weaves complex characters and plot points together in a way that isn't obvious. His primary characters have complexity and interact in human ways. Swam Song's characters, especially the main characters, are so limited and one-dimensional, so weak and stupid, so obvious and boring that the comparison with King is an insult.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I can answer this because I have read the book several years ago. I thought that reading it was more fun than hearing it. However, if you don't have the time this is the next best thing. It's a little dated now but it's still an awesome book. The narrator dose a passable job.
Not much. He gives a solid performance, but there's nothing super special about it.
What? Who comes up with these questions?
I don't know why McCammon isn't more popular than he is. When I talk to people about books I seldom run into anyone that's heard of him, but I love almost all of his books. He's every bit as good as King and Koontz. If you like those guys you'll like McCammon.