This is a very good book. I loved the story and that's why I stayed with it and finished it.
The narration is perfect and could not of been better. You are brought into the story and the voices make you feel for each of the characters.
That said, the writing goes into to much detail. I'm sure it's just me, but to tell me that a face is wrinkled and dry is enough description, To tell me how each and every wrinkle looks and the extent of dryness is just a little to much.
I use that as an example so as to not spoil the great story, but if you buy this book, I'm sure you'll do like me and fast foward through alot of it. Everything is described is GREAT detail.
I know it's a novel and supposed to be a long book, but do it with the story not the description.
Like a said at the beginning, it is a very good story and if your able to deal with all the descriptive background you'll enjoy it very much.
Just a note, I finished the book by reading the last 3 chapters on a Kindle. Just couldn't deal with it any longer.
I do like novels, there are several very long ones in my library, but this one took a long, long time to get to the point.
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Robert McCammon is a good story teller and a decent writer, so yes, I will try another book from McCammon. As for Tom Stechschulte, there is something about his inflection in narration that bothers me, a trailing off at the end of a sentence. Nonetheless, he is a master at delineating characters, so it really does seem like a cast of characters. So the more dialogue the better.
With reservations. If they accept the genre, they might like the book.
Adept at characterization
No. Enough suffering already.
Somewhat of a spoiler here: Readers who liked King's The Stand will like Swan's Song. But McCammon's characters are so unloveable at first that it takes a good third of the book before you come to care if they live or die. It also takes a large "suspension of disbelief" to accept a story that starts out as a very real apocalyptic scenario, and then changes into a quasi religious/mystical fantasy novel complete with a ready made quest and the formulaic confrontation of good versus evil. But if you stick it out, you'll find it a compelling read. I'm still waiting for a good apocalyptic novel where God and the Devil don't duke it out.
I usually only listen to books while at work, but this book actually made me come up with things to do with headphones on just so I could listen some more. This was my first Robert McCammon book and now I plan to listen to them all. Swan Song actually reminds me of Stephen Kings The Stand, and that's a good thing right? The forces of good coming together to battle evil in the post apocalypse world. Its got everything, characters you love, characters you love to hate, just a good read.
great charecter developement. sucks you in makes you laugh and makes you want to cry at times.
you really want to know whats going to happen next
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When I saw the size of the download - I found myself wondering how the author would manage to keep my interest to the end. I listen rather than read books for a reason.
The many twists and turns in this end of the world novel will keep you listening. The storyline reminded me of Stephan King's the Stand but with enough to keep it unique and definitely much more graphic and violent.
Interesting story, I just couldn't sympathize with the characters for the most part. I've tried to write the next sentence several times now, and just can't seem to pin down the right words. I felt that while the motivations, inner thoughts, and personas of the evil characters were very well defined, those of the good guys were not as presented as completely, especially as the book progressed. It's probably more fun for an author to come up with this stuff as it relates to the villains.
The narrator did an excellent job. Consistent voices for each character.
Overall, an interesting listen, just not a masterpiece in my opinion.
This book grabbed me from the beginning and would not let go until the very end. What an incredible find......I loved it!
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
I first read this book back in high school and every few years I return to it and fall in love all over again. It has been about 6 or 7 years since the last time I read it so when I saw it offered on Audible I had to give it a try. I was not at all disappointed.
This is where fans of Stephen King will disagree with me but I like Swan Song so much more than the Stand (both have that end of the world / good vs evil thing going on) but let me restate this, I like them both.
I'm not going to go into details because I don't believe in that but what I will say that if you want a story to draw you in and you liked The Stand or pretty much anything apocalyptic end of the world stories, you have to give Swan Song a shot and you won't be disappointed.
The performer does a great job with voices that did not once distract me from the story but instead drew me in further and I give him major props for that considering this is one of my favorite books of all time.
And this is all I have to say. Well other than if you listen? Get ready to fall in love with characters you can't help but cheer for and even some you will despise.
Nothing is better than reading yourself, but the narrator does a great job!
I think Sister is my favorite but Josh, and Swan are not far behind. At the same time Macland and Roland both fulfill their jobs as well.
I was an avid reader for years and years. This was the only book I purposely read several times. Now that I do not have much time to sit and read I was very excited to revisit it on audio and was not dissapointed!! STILL is my alltime favorite book. Filled with the worst of mankind and the best! Terror and hope! Good vs. Evil! Can't say enough! I enjoy reading to escape into a different world and this story certainly does that!!
I feel the author went into too much detail, and dragged down the plot line. I would try another title though, to see if my opinion changes.