Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.
This is a beautifully crafted and performed narrative about survival and hope in an extremely hopeless situation. I read some reviewers saying that the book was too pessimistic and devoid of hope for their taste, but I thought that would not apply to me - a cynical European who has read many a dystopian novel. But the utter hopelessness of this book is a bitter pill to swallow even for me. Yet, the skillfully crafted and likeable characters, as well as the interesting plot, make you go on listening. My main complaint is with the length. You get the feeling that the author has fallen in love with his characters and want them to live on in the text as long as possible. I did notice several events that lacked any real connection to the main plot and could have been cut out. There are places where the narrative drags out beyond the point where the reader feels that "yes, yes, you've made that clear, can we please go on!?" But otherwise good listen that ranks among the better-than-avarage.
Very good performance that left little to be desired.
Yes, this was a fantastic story and a wonderful performance.
For me it was the relationship building between the characters, dealing with the struggles throughout the book
The ending was very moving and I wanted the story to continue so I could listen to more of how the lives moved on.
This was a classic good vs evil, a gripping story and a real can't hit stop sort of audiobook.
It is one of the books I will remember, Many times I hear a book tittle and think... did I read that book! Well this is a story that left an impression and I will recognize the tittle as I have fond memories, it was definitely a good story.
There is a scene where one of the characters kills his parents... I realized that his perception of reality had been so altered by fantasy games that instead of adapting to his current world he escaped into the one reality that never changes.... mental fantasy.
This scene coincides with another character who escaped into mental fantasy when she killed her child long ago, she adapts to the changed world by abandoning the insanity of mental fantasy... she creates hope by living in the real world.
These are really two moments but they clicked for me.
Mule the horse.... because the characters all loved the animal and you could feel hear love, pity and compassion in all the characters voices as they spoke to him. Tom Stechschulte masterfully creates characters within characters by inflecting his tone when referring to others in situational dialogue, I like that. I live on a farm and I could tell that this animal was so like many good sound horses.... sadly a thing of the past.
I was surprised by the casual nature of evil as it was reflected upon by characters in the story... it was fitting to the story.
I listen to lots of books.... lots and lots.... I use the books as a companion to my daily life as a farmer... driving tractor, cleaning barns, hoeing rows... earthy but tedious jobs. Many of the stories I listen to are too weak to hook me, this one was solid entertainment from the beginning to the end.... It was like a good home cooked meal, satisfying.
My all time favorite stories are "Earth Abides" and "Watership Down".
I have a long drive to work and audible makes it so much more bearable
I have a 3 hour round trip every day on my way to work. I could not wait to get up in the morning to start my drive while listening to this book. I picked up this book based on a review and I was not disappointed. Great book, great story, it kept me interested for the whole reading.
I have never heard an audio book read by Tom Stechschulte before, but I have to say that he is superb. While this version of Swan Song is not a dramatization, the reader transmits plenty of emotion in his voice, drawing us into the story.
Post-apocalyptic literature always has a hero or heroine. In this case, Swan is simply loveable and in many ways, the girl next door. You can't stay separate from her; she is a strong character who will not bow to the evil that chases her, but she is also a little girl who misses her mother and doesn't really want to be Swan.
Stephen King wrote the collision of good and evil in The Stand, but McCammon did it better; Swan simply refuses to bow. She insists upon loving that pesky evil guy, which confuses him and makes him very angry with her, but her love disables him and he cannot effectively fight her. Swan is a gentle savior of her people and you read the ending of the book almost wishing you were there as she comes to heal your trees and help your crops, and spread the love that is Swan throughout your land.
I, at any rate, keep hoping McCammon will write a sequel.
I read this book when it first came out. I still have that copy. I love this book. It makes you think.
I loved this book and though it is long, I found myself not wanting it to end.
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
I listened to it all hoping I would find someone that I liked. It was scary and dramatic but none of the people were that likable. Everyone was out for himself. It may be that way but I would like to hope there were some honorable people left.
I would listen again, and just might do so right away. The narrator was good and the story was lovely.
Sister - because she was strong but flawed and a realist.
When Sister and Paul connected
I really enjoyed this book. There were things about it that were dated, but the story was lovely and haunting.
I think the best comparison is "The Passage" (or "The Twelve")
Post-apocalyptic world, handful of characters trying to survive & repair the damage. No monsters (well, not exactly) zombies, vampires, etc., just people being unchained and letting their dark sides out.
Nope. I was a little concerned at the start that I wasn't going to like this narrator, but once he got into the swing of the story I'd say it was a pretty great performance.
Bottom line, I highly recommend this book to any fans of the post-apocalypse or dystopia genre.
It's an intriguing story, has enough surrealism sprinkled in to keep you wondering, likable characters, and great villains. It also has a big perk in being a fairly long story, so you really have time to dig in and watch the characters evolve.