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.
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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
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.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
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.