I love to read but I have begun to enjoy listening s little bit more...I may 'read' another novel again but then again....
I struggled with this answer because I have read this book(5times) and when I discovered that it was in the Audible library I had to get it- and I made a excellent buy! Love, Love this storey - but I think reading it is best for this epic!
What I liked about this story-was the 'un-veiling' of each character-I can't stress enough that you have to read this book- it just ROCKS!! This is McCammons' Opus!
I've only just lately begun to 'listen' rather than read a book, not really having anyone to compare his performance to, I can only say that I have been really enjoying this 'read'
READ IT !! It's a fantastic story written by a Master story teller, look out King, you have a worthy opponent in the world of words and stories!
I was worried when I downloaded this book that it may be too long and I would either lose interest or I would become confused, but I'm happy to say that neither happened, this book was great once I started reading I didn't want to stop I think this book was one of the best reads I have had in a long time and I would recommend it if you are into the end of the world apocalypse type of story
It's not often I can't make it through an audiobook but this is so thoroughly depressing and a dragging on story I gave up on it halfway through
Retired Army, avid listener
I typically enjoy this type of story, good vs evil, end of world, epic struggle- but not so much this time around. The story borrowed heavily from the "The Road" by Cormack McCarthy and "The Stand" by Stephen King. Same apocalyptic environment as The Road, same kind of journey, same bleakness which I did not enjoy- although at least this time you knew why. Post nuclear war- everything that grows from the earth is dead- yet a horse lives 7 years, eating what? Similar to The Stand in the good vs evil department- similar plot lines, very similar character development- yet just not up to the same standards. Once again- thanks audible for your app that allows listening at an accelerated rate! I did hear The Stand has an new, longer format out- might just have to revisit that book.....
The very first part was entertaining but as the book went further it went downhill. The story became the same as all the other end of the world books.
I'm surprised there are so many good reviews of this book. It had WAY too much detail. I'm not sure why so much detail was needed, I finally had to stop listening to it, it took way too long to get to the actual story.
i like to read. i like to listen.
what a fantastic adventure this book was. though it clocks at close to 1000 pages, i didn't feel that the book was labored at all. i really enjoyed every single second of it. tom stechschulte's narration only benefited the story...he was fantastic with every single character's voice and spirit.
the main characters, swan, josh, sister, roland are all just fantastic. they are so richly written...their history is brought into their present...they make sense as characters. and they make sense in relation to each other.
i am a big fan of a book that is written as separate stories...all intertwined and leading to the same path. it was like i could envision the physical paths moving across the united states -- waiting for all three stories to finally connect and reveal the climax of the story.
i'm also a big fan of post apocalyptic stories...especially ones that mix fantasy and magic and demons into it.
i was never disappointed in the outcome of each and every metaphorical (and literal) mountain that these characters had to climb....we lose some characters that we don't really want to lose. and some characters end up surprising us in the end.
i'm not sure how i missed this novel for so long. i mean, it was written in the 80's! why did i not know it existed?
bottom line here is -- this is not a grand work of literary fiction that will change your outlook on life -- but it is one hell of a good story about a band of great characters surviving in the world after the world as we know it (or knew it in the 80's) ends.
The reader was perfect for this book. I enjoyed his performance above all. The writing and story line are superb. The characters are very well developed and you come to truly wrote for and are invested in the protagonists. If you have enjoyed apocalyptic books from writers like Steven King then you will enjoy this one. It's very well done and easy to get through, although you won't want to rush it. This is a lot to take in.
I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction
Yes the voice actor was great !
Its an end of the world story and a good vs evil story combined, so there are alot of those but this story was particularly good and had plenty of action. Probably similar to Stephen King's The Stand.
He brought each character to life with his intonation and accents.
Horror and Hope
This story is great , but its not for the squeemish because it does go into the detail of sickeness, pain and gore.
Swan Song could be so close to reality that people just don't even realize it. The entire book keep my attention and I hated putting it down when I had to. I was always happy to pick it back up and continue reading/listening on. I was very sad when it was over. The book was superior.
There were so many to just pick out one. I will tell you, I will be reading/listening to this book in it's entirety again because I'm sure I missed something.
When Sister finally found Swan. It was so touching. They formed a bond that could never that could never be broken.
The relationship between Josh and Swan. I loved how this big bad wrestler was really a softy when it came to this little girl and ended up calling her his daughter. Absolutely loved it.
With everything that's going on in the world today, with the gun control issues and everything, the weapons were the only thing that saved them when they were attacked by the animals and the armys. We, as a Nation, have always been concerned about being attacked by nuclear weapons so I think every person in America should read this book