This is a fast-moving, captivating tale about post-apocalypse life in the US. I recommend it because it is a good story, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and ends in a satisfying way.
The only quibbles I have are some of the assumptions of the story. A full-scale nuclear exchange between the USA and the USSR is no longer possible. Using the USSR as a combatant makes the story dated. I also quibble with the level of destruction described. The author basically states that human civilization ends with nuclear war (scanning the airwaves with a shortwave radio found absolutely 0 people still transmitting). But given that there were about 8,000 warheads at the peak of the cold war, I don't see how every city in every country could have been destroyed. Do you think Fiji would be targeted? Madagascar? Also, as an engineer, I cannot picture that a nuclear exchange would have this total "success", meaning I believe that since no intercontinental nuclear missile has EVER been really tested (including blowing up a city), the vast majority of them wouldn't work. And after a few explosions, the ability of the remaining missiles to still function and find their targets seems even more suspect. So the whole setup of the story seems unreal to me. Also, although I enjoy fantasy, I thought the addition of many supernatural forces to this story was unnecessary. The challenges and situation is so remarkable on its own, that we don't really need to hear about magical lights and evil monsters.
But despite my quibbling, I think the story of groups of survivors trying to survive in a nuclear winter makes a fascinating premise for a story. I listened to it intently, and was sorry to reach the end because I wanted to know more about what happens to the survivors. Caring about the characters is what makes good writing, and that's why I recommend this book.
Very scattered and too many unbelievable (being very easy on him) events.
Too many to name
Many explorations and adventures await!
Yes, because it's full of excitement and wonderful hidden messages that if one has read the Holy Bible can see the similarities. An excellent book from beginning to end plus very well read aloud.
Highly recommend this book for all ages
Mankind at the brink of extinction, evil threatening to take over, survival uncertain and excellent character plot what more can you ask for. Love this book and would change very few things about it. It was a little annoying that some of the mane characters came off as weak and often required help to survive but other than that it was a fascinating story and well written.
This book was a more mature and complete version of the old SK "The Stand" on Steroids.
Well written and read.
All of them were fantastic
Very Long and worth ever second.
I don't normally write reviews. I have to say the narrator did an EXCELLENT job. Each character was portrayed very well. This book is compared to "The Stand" a lot - and while I love that book as well - I liked this one much better. It has less characters and really easy to follow along with the story. Although some parts in the book feel dated (as with nuclear war) the story is really captivating. The book is really loooong but I hardly felt it because of the narrators excellent work!!! Get it. You will not regret it!!!
Yes! It keeps you glued to your device (kindle, iphone, etc.)
I haven't listened to any other book that compares....it was fascinating to me.
The voices for the characters are so perfect I felt like I was there!! That evil guy that could change his faces freaked me out! I loved every minute and my 34 hrs of listening made my work days fly by!! Thank God I can use my kindle fire at work!
Maybe some kind of name you could make for the magical glass piece Sister found.
I purchased Swan Song with a free credit not knowing if I would like it. I was in a hurry to download something to listen to at work that day and was completely stuck to my seat for a week!! Very pleased with this one!!:)))
I read the book years ago and loved it. Listening to it was really great. It was like listening to a play. Tom Stechschulte is a wonderful narrator and his voices totally sucked me in.
I enjoyed Joshua a lot but it is really hard to pick. This is quite a sound and well rounded story.
Yes. He is really good with capturing the different characters.
Joshua because I like gentle giants.
I have not read the print version, but by how the book began, I am glad I was not reading it in print! When it started jumping from one character to another, forgetting about the first, I was getting confused and I think I would have quit had I been reading the print version. I stuck with it and things came together and made sense. I loved how each character evolved in its own story line throughout the entire book. It was like following multiple stories simultaneously, that all flowed seamlessly together. I am very glad that I stuck with it and listened all the way! This turned out to be an excellent book with a great reader. Each character personality, voice and emotion came through clearly and was very distinct to them.
I loved this whole story, from the fictional characters to the very realistic descriptions of a very possible scenario of nuclear holocaust. To see the struggles, successes and failures of each character was heart wrenching and joyful at the same time. I felt pulled into the scenes and could really picture what was happening.
This was the first of Tom Stechschulte's performance that I have listened to, but after listening to this, I would gladly listen to more from him. He did a great job here.
I would love to go to dinner with Josh. His character was genuinely caring and loving. You could tell right from the beginning when he was portrayed as the big bad wrestler that everyone loved to hate, that he had a good heart and truly cared for his fellow man. Even when he did not understand what or why, he carried on without hesitation just with the simple knowledge that he must.
This book was well worth the money/credit and substantial time it took to listen. I am sure there are details that I missed and this is one that I would be happy to go back and find those missing parts. There were parts that were very predictable early on that turned out to be exactly as I suspected, but there were also surprises that I did not see coming. I would gladly listen to this audio again!
Top 20 percent.
That is hard. Each character is well thought out and described. I guess Sister would be high on the list. There are so many levels to this character.
All of them. It took a long time for any of them to get a decent meal!
The first 1/4 of this book was slow and failed to capture me. The book is from the late 80s, so there is a gap in current cultural fears. I wouldn't currently consider this a "horror" book, although there were gory scenes, but in the 80s, this would have been truly scary. I walked away from this book and went to another Audible..but when I came back, the story picked up and I couldn't stop listening. The ending was completely satisfying at the end of a long listen.