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.
Having just listened to the Stand, this was not the best novel for me to pick, as there were many similarities; end of the world, survival of the remaining, etc. But it was entertaining, and there were clever twists that kept my attention. The naration was done very well.
Less Profanity. It seems like every other word was an expletive. If I were reading print I could skip over it, but listening to it was nasty.
More up to date terminology. For a 2011 copyright, the terminology describing the US Arch enemy was confusing. If the US is contemplating a war with Russia -, Russia and Russians, would be OK, but to have these terms all mixed up with Soviets, Soviet Union, and Ivan was confusing.
Plot development just didn't hold me through the first 4 chapters.
I put it down unable to listen to it any more.
Unsure - I would look for additional reviews in the print media, listen completely to the sample audio.
NO - It wasn't interesting enough to finish.
It wasn't worth my time to listen to it. I regret purchasing it.
What a shame! Clearly this was a contrived and revisionist rip of "The Stand". Ok, both dwell in the post apocalyptic world. "In The Stand" the end of the world was caused by disease, in "Swan Song" nuclear war. In both the main characters where from all around the states. The characters were developed and then they migrate by "divine will" to meet up and join together. The antagonist in both books is "a man with no face". He had morphing features, magical powers and pseudo religious origins. The chief mystic protagonists in both books were women. The main theme of both books revolved around a "Manachean" battle between "light and dark", "good and evil" the main theme of both books. Of course in both the good and light win in the end.
As "The Stand" was written much earlier than "Swan Song" it is clear the McCammon must have read the King novel or perhaps saw the movie. I do not know if he knew what he was doing when he penned "Swan Song" but the similarities were to pervasive not to notice.
One thing I also don't understand is the need for either writer to engage in the supernatural. Isn't the end of the world as we know it enough grist for the mill?
Powerful, moving, awesome
Sister is a woman of imense strength and love.
He did a great job differentiating the characters and adding a realistic mood.
This is an epic book and is a must listen for anyone who loves post apocolyptic fiction. It is very real and brings in just the right amount of the supernatural. It's suspenseful and heartwarming.
I was surprised at how good this book is. I listened to it a month or so back and have been thinking about it off and on. The characters are nicely developed and the story sticks with you. This is a very good book and the narration was well done.