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.
Might be better than "The Stand"
I was shocked that I just kinda turned this one up. It was a best seller in the 80s or 90s. The author really paints a portrait. it is a long story and for me that is a plus.
No, none of my grown up friends read this type of books. I am 65 and sixty five year old granny's are supposed to read boring books about romance and lawyers and knitting.
I love the way Sister takes charge with quiet dignity. She never gives up and never gives in.
Sister and Josh
I really don't know but I would cast The Rock to play the part of Josh.
I never read books twice as a general rule. But if I can't find some thing that appeals to me I have two books to fall back on Swan Song and The Dome by Stephen King. Enough said.
Sci-fi, space opera, dark apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, historical fiction and ccasional main-stream thriller
I started this book, then stopped and after listening to a number of other audiobook I returned to finish this. Am I glad I did. This is a beautifully crafted story. One of the darkest books I've listened to. Robert McCammon may have been inspired by Steven King's The Stand as there are many similarities between the two but this is a much better story. Once the book picks up pace it is almost impossible to stop listening. Highly recommended to all post apocalyptic, sci-fi and perhaps even historical fiction fans. I also like the title of this book; quoting "a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement"
You'll love each and every one of the characters. And it is even better if you don't know anything about the author or the story. Great surprise.
Cry, a little :,)
I would listen to this story again because, it is only in the end that you realize how many hints and clues about the future were planted throughout the book.
The seed of hope that is planted when the apple tree finally booms and fruits.
A peek of the sun which is a warm and healing promise of future possibilities.
I think I would take out the worn out old circus clown. What a rich an entertaining life he has led. He understands loyalty and would be fun and funny.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
What I mean by that is if you like books within books that come together then this is your genre. The tentacles start far apart and come together to form the body of the tale. I listened twice because it was easy and 'hopeful'.
LOVE LOVE LOVE AUDIBLE. My Three hour daily commute is now enriched and relaxing.
Yes I would recommend this book because Tom Stechschulte was really able to embody the soul of each character. Story is fantastic!
For me,yes. I read this as a book when it was first released but it took a while to finish because I was still in high school. Listening on audible, it allowed me to get more into the characters and the narrator was able to make each character their own voice. Literally, he was able to make Swan sound like a girl and each character's "voice" was different from the next. It put me much more into the story this way.
When Job's Mask comes off of Swan and she looks like the Empress tarot card.
Swan's interaction with the President and how she tried to make his see what was truly out there and not what he assumed was.
Real or Not!
The narrator of this book was absolutely fabulous!! I think it is what kept me listening.
This was my first. He is the best out of all the ones I have listened to thus far. He was sooo funny. His expressions had me laughing so loud I had to go back several times in the story because I was laughing and missed some things.
Can you ever imagine this happening!
This narrator should get an Academy Award for narrating if there were such a category. He was the BEST EVER!