Definitely among the top contenders for my all-time favorites on Audible. Impeccable performance by the narrator, an extremely captivating story, and very well developed characters. If you like post-apocalyptic scenarios and enjoy a good thrill, this is your book.
This book is a good way to kill time. Got a long car ride and a semi-diverse (non-academic) audience? This story is engaging, so the time will fly by, but any book that equates external "beauty" with kindness, generosity, and "goodness" will never feel very sophisticated to me.
I love me some audiobooks
The author creates an exciting story around disparate characters. Following the journey of these characters compels the reader toward an ending that seeks justice amid the chaos. The apocalyptic theme adds interest to the situations these characters find themselves in as good and evil is met with each step along the way. Though I think the author went too far with the supernatural elements it didn't take away from a wonderful story about the will to survive at any and all odds.
Josh. He would be a very usefull friend in this setting.
The time the main characters were at Mary's Rest.
Yes, and the narration was very good.
I'm not a fan of fantasy fiction but I am a fan of apocalyptic themes. After reading the positive reviews of this novel I decided to take a chance. I just finished Lucifer's Hammer, which I liked, but I thought the characters of Swan Song were better. If there wasn't the Stephen King -ish supernatural aspect to Swan Song then it would have been very similar to Lucifer's Hammer. I guess it takes supernatural elements to have a happy ending in a story such as this.
I don't review many books. I have to say this book was amazing! The narrator was great! His voices were spot on and never missed a mark. I normally only listen to books on my commute to work. I drive about an hour each way to work so I get around 10-12 hours a week to listen. This book had me listening on my off time...which is not common.
After listening to this book I actually started appreciating more of the small stuff we take for granted every day like clean drinking water, and electricity. I wished there was a movie made about this book... I found myself watching movies like "Book of Eli" and "The Road" just to add to my mental depiction of the settings in the book. I imagined Swan looking like that actress from "Hanah" for some reason.
Yes I did get choked up at some moments of the book, I don't want to mention them as I don't want to spoil the story but I will admit I did almost shed a tear.
This was one of those rare books that you want to listen to while getting dressed in the morning, hurry home from work to listen to in the evening and fall asleep listening to at night. Complete escapism. I really enjoyed it.
In 1986 ; this author had a revalation of a story line that wouldn't ever seem trite or dated. If you like hear about the forces of good and evil and the degrees of separation between the two to fight it out. If you're hopeless optimist who no matter how bad it gets you'll find the one glimmer light in a sea of darkness; you will love this book.
The charActers were unpredictable; the Heros unlikely; and the evil; vile. A perfect analog for mankinds view of what evil and good should be. If you don't find yourself experiencing the hope, fear, and longing while listening to this; you aren't breathing.
Despite his limited ability for voice intonation ; he more makes up for it by giving each person in the book a careful emotional dimension that is so real it leaves no doubt that these people are real.
Sister ; cause she'd be a lot of fun for conversation.
This book ranks around the top 5.
The battle in the ice field.
Ha-Ha! No way, this audiobook is 34 hours long.
A great listen. :)
With all of the hype, I thought it would have been better! Really long, really strange and really boring. Started out alright and then went down hill from there. Also a ridiculous amount of foul language where it just wasn't called for.
It took me away.
Tom Stechschulte made this book an excellent listen! Every last min. from start to finish.
I did not read the print version, but I found myself thinking that I might have enjoyed it more due to the narrator's less-than-ideal performance on several characters.
I was reminded of a Stephen King novel. The plot was not reminiscent of any particular one, but the style and character development in particular seemed very like him.
Yes, but the narrator interprets more than a couple of the characters in a way that makes them sound mentally deficient, which was out-of-sync for me. Also, his black characters sound like redneck hillbillys and his southern characters are voiced as if their IQs are in the single digits. I found those voices distracting.
Overall, it is a good listen, and I did want to keep listening to find out what happened next.