Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top
Grabs your attention at the very beginning. Not what you expect instead it takes a turn for the interesting. Makes you want to keep reading.
Ending was not anticipated. Never would have guessed or come close to the comclusive end. Very refreshing!
Just the right inflection at the right times. Made the characters and story come to life.
Made me think.
An unsocial freak living his life around audiobooks, the next best thing to under water blowdryers.
It takes just the right combination of story and reader to make an audiobook shine. The balance is off by an inch and the book fails. This is a book that will hook you to the end not becuase of the story but becuase of the characters which Tom Stechschulte dresses with his unique voice.
You want a true simulation of life beyond a nuclear holocuast, this is the history book for it. Its a must for those who love Mad max style world with a flair of mistery. I will keep my eyes open for more books read by Tom, his voice is unique in many ways. He can turn a ordinary book into a billion dollar movie and all you need is an imagination.
I loved the premise-post nuclear war devastation, good vs evil. I felt like I knew each of the characters by the end of the novel, I was 100% vested, all in. But I was not too into the God vs. The Devil part of it. It wasn't too much of it but just enough to be annoying. It was kind of like when a Stephen King novel is super good and creepy but then turns silly and goofy. It wasn't horrible, like I said, it was really interesting and there was a lot of good about it but juuusssttt enough magical mystical silliness to make me not like it as much as I could have.
I'd still recommend it, there were a LOT of really good parts but not the 5 star story I thought it would be.
The story was long, dragged on at numerous points, and ended rather suddenly. The narrator was good for male voices, but the female ones sounded the same and were notpleasant to listen to.
No, but I willbe more careful picking them in the future. This book was also very outdated, but the original publish date wasn't listed so I didn't realise that until part way into the book.
The author has created a very depressing post-nuke landscape. It is populated by hideously deformed, people. We meet a former New York bag lady who was actually driven sane during the coast to coast destruction of the United States. Of course, we had a fast on the draw president who gets our bombers and missiles off to hammer the other side. But the author makes it clear that Russia won the conflict.
No American cities are left standing. There are no utilities. Humans can't find food or gas. Crops no longer can survive it the poison atmosphere and contaminated soil.
Only a child named Swan can salvage any hope for the small groups of humans -- and a few animals -- who are left alive. Swan is accompanied by the former bag lady, known as Sister, and a very large former wrestler whose work name was "The Black Frankenstein."
The ruined land is populated by gangs who feel free to steal the gas, fuel and food from the few survivors they encounter. One of them, The Army of Excellence, is lead by a former USAF pilot and POW -- Col Macklin. Macklin is a murderous mad man.
As Swan grows into young womanhood she learns how to bring life back to the soil. Her skills get the crops growing again and place her into the cross hairs of The Army of Excellence.
It's a totally engrossing story and the narration, by Tom Stechschulte is flawless. He has a wonderful voice.
Like many of the memorable books I have experienced through Audible, Swan Song is a brilliantly conceived universe. It is populated by some interesting characters you can learn to like a great deal and a great many incredibly evil individuals who are poised to prevent human survivors from returning to civilized life.
Swan Song was the first Robert McCammon book I have experienced. But I plan to return to his work in the Future.
Say something about yourself!
I didn't have the patience to finish this when I started it about a decade ago. I've heard it compared to Stephen King's The Stand, and there are a lot of parallels. Where this one falls short is that there aren't many characters with whom I relate. Tom Stechschulte does a very good job narrating, and the ending was satisfying enough. The only reason I'm glad I finished it is because my curiosity is sated.
Hated for the book to end. The author really gets one into the personality of each character. Some big surprises. I want more from Robert McCammon.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put down. Very interesting look at the future, with the characture of people not changing all that much from today in spite of all the divercity around them.
Tell us about yourself!
THE NARRATOR, WAS PERFECT, I ACTUALLY COULD PICTURE EACH CHARACTER IN MY MIND. WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE
STORY LINE KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT. IF YOU AT ALL LIKE THE STAND BY SKING, YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRIP ACCROSS OUR COUNTRY AND ALL THE THRILLS AND CHILLS OF THE DIFFERENT BAD GUYS.
TOO MANY TO LIST
This started out a little slow for me, but I was hooked once I got into the book. Very entertaining story with a good narrator. I would recommend it.