I have a long drive to work and audible makes it so much more bearable
I have a 3 hour round trip every day on my way to work. I could not wait to get up in the morning to start my drive while listening to this book. I picked up this book based on a review and I was not disappointed. Great book, great story, it kept me interested for the whole reading.
I have never heard an audio book read by Tom Stechschulte before, but I have to say that he is superb. While this version of Swan Song is not a dramatization, the reader transmits plenty of emotion in his voice, drawing us into the story.
Post-apocalyptic literature always has a hero or heroine. In this case, Swan is simply loveable and in many ways, the girl next door. You can't stay separate from her; she is a strong character who will not bow to the evil that chases her, but she is also a little girl who misses her mother and doesn't really want to be Swan.
Stephen King wrote the collision of good and evil in The Stand, but McCammon did it better; Swan simply refuses to bow. She insists upon loving that pesky evil guy, which confuses him and makes him very angry with her, but her love disables him and he cannot effectively fight her. Swan is a gentle savior of her people and you read the ending of the book almost wishing you were there as she comes to heal your trees and help your crops, and spread the love that is Swan throughout your land.
I, at any rate, keep hoping McCammon will write a sequel.
I read this book when it first came out. I still have that copy. I love this book. It makes you think.
I loved this book and though it is long, I found myself not wanting it to end.
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
I listened to it all hoping I would find someone that I liked. It was scary and dramatic but none of the people were that likable. Everyone was out for himself. It may be that way but I would like to hope there were some honorable people left.
I would listen again, and just might do so right away. The narrator was good and the story was lovely.
Sister - because she was strong but flawed and a realist.
When Sister and Paul connected
I really enjoyed this book. There were things about it that were dated, but the story was lovely and haunting.
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.