I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
The novel is great and the narrator made it for me. Kept me on the edge of my seat long as it is.
The narration was great, and the story was well structured, moving us from point of view to point of view. I enjoyed listening to this very long book and finished it fairly quickly.
Never read any others
He did several great characterizations, I'm not sure I had a favorite. I had an extremely least favorite, a southern black man never given a name who gives Swan a pep talk in a patois and accent that would make Jar Jar Binks uncomfortable. So while the reader handled a lot of characters very well and clearly as individuals, the combination of the author's inability to handle non-white characters well and the actual offensiveness of the portrayal of that character knocked stars from this book.
Sister, a character who goes from the lowest depths and finds the strength to be the strength for other characters.
I had mentioned the author's treatment of non-whites. No character is called "the young white man" but if a character was black, boy did you know it. "The tall black man" got used so much that I started to swear every time I heard it. Much as with some of Stephen King, this is an author who doesn't know how to handle non-white characters and McCammon really steps over the line with one Steppin Fetchit character who doesn't even merit a name. The idea of this toadying "sho nuff" character giving a fawning talk to a pretty blonde girl was absolutely off-the-rails awful. Also, at one point a black wrestler character actually thinks "I pity the fool," giving us a nice "he's just like Mr. T!" moment we didn't need.
I liked the overall idea but ended up giving up after struggling to get to chapter 38 or so. I did not read the book but after a half dozen sudden changes in the audio story which were not relevant to the previous sentence I became frustrated and gave up.
I assume checking the audio against the print version for continuity.
checking the audio against the print version for continuity.
This book held great potential for me but it drove me crazy per comments above
Never read the print version, the audio version was great the narrator did a great job voicing each character and the production was almost flawless
When Josh and Swan get lured into the shopping plaza by the Crazies that broke out of the looney bin, and Josh is forced to play there demented game to save his life and the lives of his friends. The picture painted in my mind was epic. Hope they make this a movie soon
Great job differentiating between characters. Spoke the story with enthusiasm and his different voices for each character always stayed true.
I listened everyday in my car to and from work, I would actually be excited to drive to work in the morning. The visuals created in my mind from reading this was surreal. I really hope they make this a movie soon.
I was surprised at How much I enjoyed this book, the characters were engaging and really came to life. A great story of man destroying his self and the good that still exist.
i have listened to it at least 50 time as is, would listen to it 50 more..love the story
maybe dark tower, but i like this more
when the masks came off to show what people really looked like..wish this were true..guess work is not there anymore..bad is ugly
ya but have to work
love this author his own unique way off seeing things
Not as good as his new Mathew C book but this one was entertaining, characters were believable and interesting, a little cold war dated but worth a listen.
This is by far my favorite book I have ever listened to. I will not give anything away, just trust me on this one. You will love it!
The story quickly drew me in and didn't let me go until the very end. I did not intend to listen to it non-stop, but ultimately I did. I started the book thinking it would be similar to the Matthew Corbett series by the same author. Instead, it was a post apocalyptic novel and I love this genre. It had a bit of mysticism in it and it played better than I would have expected with the story.
My three favorite characters were Swan, Joshua & Sister. I liked these characters individually and I loved the way they interacted with each other. They all demonstrated that in the worst of circumstances the human spirit can remain compassionate, determined and faithful.
This was my first time listening to this narrator.
Yes. I listened to it all day and night.
I consider the Matthew Corbett series and Swan Song to be to very different literary genres. It is rare for an author to write across genres and be just as compelling of a storyteller in each genre. I applaud Robert McCammon for being able to do it so well.
If you are at all a fan of the apocalyptic genre, get this book. The characters are fully developed and imperfect. I found myself listening to this whenever I could even grab a few minutes, I had to find out what would happen.
The bleakness of the world, post war, reminds me of The Road. Here, humans struggle to keep their humanity in a world that has turned savage. Parts of the book will make you cringe, and despair about the survivors as they attempt to navigate through the living hell the world has become. I found myself cheering every time a bit of hope found it's way into the narrative.
It is a long book, and sometimes it gets a little mired down, but never so much that it interferes with the overall story. This is a book to go back to again and again.