Swan Song is a great listen. The story will pull you in and the great characters will engage your imagination. In a post apocalyptic landscape, people who still hope for a return to a better life battle for their freedom with the dark survivors whose only concern is themselves . The two head of these warring factions are a slender girl called Swan and her companion Josh and the dark boy Roland and the Colonel. There are many other characters that polarize to both sides and are drawn on journeys across the wasteland of America. It is well written and well read.
Take a listen and enjoy!
Not necessarily but they both have their good points.
Sister Creep or later just Sister, Her characters evolution through the book was far and away the most extensive and impressive change. Her character for the most part was able to recognize another's character and intentions in an instant. To survive and even thrive on tough streets of New York as a homeless women, she had to have a hard shell, but mostly a second sense, a unique power to judge gained through Sisters life experiences. She was also gifted with a deep down kindly understanding and a most tender heart that emerged as the story develops which is unexpected, given her rocky and difficult lot in life.
No, this was the first. I thought I wouldn't like him much, but after the tough military chapter, he seemed softer and I found myself enjoying the read.
Post Apocalyptic, Day One
The book is told through Author's eyes, however he gives us a 340% or a 95% view of a complex scenario of extraordinary events dealt with by typical people, then allowing our imagination to fill in. We're left realizing there is no one conclusion of anything. He exacts pain for losses while still leaving us with a wonderful feeling of hope for our planet and the humans that reside therein, More though is the knowledge that no matter how bad things seem, there is still an extreme and absolute GOODNESS that resides in the hearts of man which will not be squelched by the most powerful and devious EVILDOERS..
Everything I liked from Stephen King's The Stand...but not a knock off.
The humanity of the characters...in particular the character Swan and her wrestler caretaker.
This is not my usual type of book, but I bought it when it was on sale and it sounded mildly interesting. I was also looking for something longer that had good reviews. This story fit the bill perfectly.
I was hooked from the first. Each character was very well-developed and the narrator gave each of them a distinct personality that was recognizable throughout the story.
I loved that it wove so many characters into the single story line that wound itself together in a way that continually surprised the listener. The story never became unbelievable and the descriptions of both people and places were incredibly detailed without being overdone.
I would most definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a more intense, in-depth story that you can really immerse yourself in. It is, by no means, a light read, but it is not heavy and depressing. You won't be sorry for spending your credit on this one!
This disturbing dystopian story focuses on many characters that often get overlooked in post-apocolyptic tales and McCammon crafts them each perfectly. As much as I loved the lovable characters and wanted to know what was happening, I couldn’t read fast enough to get back to the ones I hated. As is true with mankind in general, when thrown into hot water, you find out what they’re really made of (literally, for Sister Creep). Several sub-plots with their own story lines moving inextricably towards the overall story keep you guessing and promising yourself “just one more chapter” and then…
There’s Sister Creep, the old homeless woman who goes under a street/sewer grill to escape the nuclear blast and ends up getting almost boiled alive. She starts out as a contemptible character and ends up shining and really coming to life. There are several sub-plots that are happening and pulling them all inexticably together. Then Roland, the poor adolescent boy who’s parents are into extravagant underground shelters. They happen to be an underground “Nuclear Blast Boot Camp Prep” with their fully paid membership when the whole thing crumples like a pop can under a waffle stomper. His little ugly grows real big real fast when he proves to be a world class freak and you end up hating but can’t wait to get back to what the hell weirdness he’ll do next. The gentle giant, Josh who’s been exploited by the wrestling industry crosses paths by fate with a little girl named Sue Wanda. Of all the possible twists of fate, this was perfect. Whoo hoo!! Wait till you get to the part where the insane asylum residents with their various deformities and unmedicated issues take over an abandoned K-Mart and play “shopping games” with anyone unfortunate enough to totter towards that “blue-light special”.
There’s some young boys who do what they need to do to stay alive and a few of them develop some true integrity that may not have flourished outside of this disaster that pulls the best from the worst and vice versa. There’s more! The president, a prostitute, some evil thing pulling himself around in a child’s wagon…you just gotta read it.
It’s like Stephen King multiplied by Justin Cronan. Loved this book!! I’ve read it 3 times over the last 25 years or so. I thought it was one of McCammon’s best!! Good thing it's e-audio because I would probably wear out an old school cassette! Will listen again!!
One of the worst written books I have purchased. I have read over 450 books at Audible.com and can't believe i wasted money on this one. If you like to be bored, buy it and make up your own mind.
An avid sci-fi/fantasy reader for over 30 years.
For such long story I was surprised at the fact that I really found none of the main characters very interesting at all. The title character, Swan, wasn't particularly engaging.
The Stand by Stephen King is another post-apocalyptic story with supernatural elements, but the characters stand out.
That's a difficult to question. I think they are both very strong. Stechschulte did a wonderful job, with a great story.
The obvious comparison is to Steven King's "The Stand." Both books were written in the same era. Both books are very long, and both deal with an apocalypse. I found this book kept me engaged word by word, the stand was a struggle to get through the middle. I haven't read anything close and I found the Swan was fathoms deeper than The Stand.
He was able to capture the characters and change his voice in ways that enriched the story. Some of his voices were so authentic, I thought he might have traded places with an actor.
Moment? More like a series of moments. First the actual discription of the apocalypse was incredible. It's like describing a roller coaster. You just have to ride it to really know what it was like, or in this case, read it. Second, I just felt agony over the disfiguring of the heroes caused by the long term exposure. As their faces became worse and worse, I really felt for them. Heartbreaking and frightening.
This is a phenomenal book and story. It's rather gritty. There is violence of every imaginable form and fashion and plenty of gore and "realistic" situations. They are well told and well managed, but they are not for the faint of heart or faint of stomach.
There is also some racial epitaphs used in the latter part of the book. Again, they are appropriately used and should not be taken as offensive. The character voices and the epitaphs are used by the villains to describe some of the most hopeful and strong characters in the book. Some people have good reason to not react well to such things. Be prepared. The words are just bad words uttered by bad people.
It's a really good experience.
Entertaining story, overall enjoyable. If I had to pick between The Stand and this, I'd pick The Stand, but still worth the money...
This was a pretty standard post apocolyptic story. The characters were good but not extraordinary. The story was not predictable exactly, but not gripping either. Entertaining, but not great.