I loved the premise-post nuclear war devastation, good vs evil. I felt like I knew each of the characters by the end of the novel, I was 100% vested, all in. But I was not too into the God vs. The Devil part of it. It wasn't too much of it but just enough to be annoying. It was kind of like when a Stephen King novel is super good and creepy but then turns silly and goofy. It wasn't horrible, like I said, it was really interesting and there was a lot of good about it but juuusssttt enough magical mystical silliness to make me not like it as much as I could have.
I'd still recommend it, there were a LOT of really good parts but not the 5 star story I thought it would be.
The story was long, dragged on at numerous points, and ended rather suddenly. The narrator was good for male voices, but the female ones sounded the same and were notpleasant to listen to.
No, but I willbe more careful picking them in the future. This book was also very outdated, but the original publish date wasn't listed so I didn't realise that until part way into the book.
The author has created a very depressing post-nuke landscape. It is populated by hideously deformed, people. We meet a former New York bag lady who was actually driven sane during the coast to coast destruction of the United States. Of course, we had a fast on the draw president who gets our bombers and missiles off to hammer the other side. But the author makes it clear that Russia won the conflict.
No American cities are left standing. There are no utilities. Humans can't find food or gas. Crops no longer can survive it the poison atmosphere and contaminated soil.
Only a child named Swan can salvage any hope for the small groups of humans -- and a few animals -- who are left alive. Swan is accompanied by the former bag lady, known as Sister, and a very large former wrestler whose work name was "The Black Frankenstein."
The ruined land is populated by gangs who feel free to steal the gas, fuel and food from the few survivors they encounter. One of them, The Army of Excellence, is lead by a former USAF pilot and POW -- Col Macklin. Macklin is a murderous mad man.
As Swan grows into young womanhood she learns how to bring life back to the soil. Her skills get the crops growing again and place her into the cross hairs of The Army of Excellence.
It's a totally engrossing story and the narration, by Tom Stechschulte is flawless. He has a wonderful voice.
Like many of the memorable books I have experienced through Audible, Swan Song is a brilliantly conceived universe. It is populated by some interesting characters you can learn to like a great deal and a great many incredibly evil individuals who are poised to prevent human survivors from returning to civilized life.
Swan Song was the first Robert McCammon book I have experienced. But I plan to return to his work in the Future.
Say something about yourself!
I didn't have the patience to finish this when I started it about a decade ago. I've heard it compared to Stephen King's The Stand, and there are a lot of parallels. Where this one falls short is that there aren't many characters with whom I relate. Tom Stechschulte does a very good job narrating, and the ending was satisfying enough. The only reason I'm glad I finished it is because my curiosity is sated.
Hated for the book to end. The author really gets one into the personality of each character. Some big surprises. I want more from Robert McCammon.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put down. Very interesting look at the future, with the characture of people not changing all that much from today in spite of all the divercity around them.
Tell us about yourself!
THE NARRATOR, WAS PERFECT, I ACTUALLY COULD PICTURE EACH CHARACTER IN MY MIND. WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE
STORY LINE KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT. IF YOU AT ALL LIKE THE STAND BY SKING, YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRIP ACCROSS OUR COUNTRY AND ALL THE THRILLS AND CHILLS OF THE DIFFERENT BAD GUYS.
TOO MANY TO LIST
This started out a little slow for me, but I was hooked once I got into the book. Very entertaining story with a good narrator. I would recommend it.
I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.
I really enjoyed this book was not sure if I would mostly in to zombie stuff. This book is very long with that said. I was never board listing to it. I can just picture what it would be like to wonder threw the waste land. The main characters where built up very well but the other people in the story are kind of thrown in. I wish there was more on what they were like before the fall. If you are looking for something to listen to on a long flight or road trip this book would be perfect. It’s not action packed all the way threw but well worth the down load.
Read the book years ago, and I enjoyed listening to it this time. The narrator does a good job switching between the characters, and keeping them distinct. McCammon as usual, is an excellent writer.