From start to finish it drew me in and could not get out of the car sometimes wanting more. The narrator has a great voice. Highly recommend this book. A+.
Not really. There is nothing really special about it. IT really does not stand up well to the test of time and the dialogue is more early 80's than avante-guard for it's time.
Yes, but not based on my readings of this particular story.
He does not do Sister's voice very well.
If the script was updated to be more relevant socially and dialogue wise.
I'm not sure how much the voice performance impacted my view of the book. I was not particularly fond of the narrator. I think in the end the story tries to be too much The Stand rather than finding it's own identity. The Stand very much stands up to the test of time, as it's a very character driven story and not so tied up into the technology and the circumstances surrounding Captain Tripps. This is one story where if the Author were to update it and re-release, I would give it a second chance. As it is, It was enjoyable enough to listen to the whole thing.
Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.
It exceeded my expectations. The story was intense and riveting. I rarely listen as intensely to novels as I did this one. I asked my boyfriend to leave the room when he was on business calls; I couldn't possibly move, I'd been rooted to the spot! It's graphic, horrifying, inspiring, and soulful; full of visceral emotion and lots of anxiety ridden situations. Yes, I'd recommend this one. I liked it :)
I don't think so. Life is too short.
This book was clearly a knock off of The Stand. Stechschulte obviously did this on purpose, so I get it. But the characters were mostly tiresome. And the book is dripping with lame similes.
Yes. Tom Stechschulte is a great reader who does a wonderful job of bringing all the characters to life.
It is similar to The Stand, because they are both about groups of people and how they deal with life after the apocalypse, but Swan Song is a much better story.
Sister Creep. I think she could use a good meal, and I believe we have lots in common, minus the crazy.
This book made me laugh, cry, shudder with fear, and gave me a sense of hope. It will remain one of, if not absolute, my favorite book of all time.
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.