This is by far the best 'End of the World' story I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. The pictures Robert McCammon paints are dramatic and realistic, the pain, suffering, humility and downright evil are explicit and intense. This is a brilliant book and my wish is that Robert would write a sequel. This is one of a handful of books I believe everybody should read and learnt from its characters experiences.
Although long, the book was well read and I rarely lost interest. Possibly a bit out of date but nonetheless, a good story.
Robert McCammon is a wonderful writer and this is excellent. Would love to see The Wolfs Hour or Stinger here too.
After listening to Swan Song, I shall certainly be hunting down more books by this author!
I got this book as I was a major fan of the Stand and heard this was similar. It is an amazingly crafted tale of good vs evil and beautifully set in a post-nuclear apocalypse setting. It features a wonderful array of characters of all ages and creeds.
The author really gets into the heads of his characters and gets across the nature of pure evil and over-whelming goodness. It's a perfect black and white, yin and yang sort of feel to it as there story focuses on multiple characters/groups based on either side of the moral compass.
It shows just what levels people will sink to or raise themselves up to in order to survive when all is lost.
"Great book to listen"
This was my third english audiobook and I really enjoyed to listen this. Even though that story was a bit "too easy" I enjoyed the story and storytelling by the reader. It was always obvious who was speaking and that made the story easy to follow.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes books from this genre.
This is a fantastic book; the only reason I haven't given it a fill five stars is that tha narrator doesn't really do it justice. Great chracters, epic story and an underlying current of disquiet.
I thoroughly enjoyed this great story with it's excellent characters and it was narrated brilliantly.
"Before Stephen King's THE STAND...."
there was "Swan Song", and though I love King's book, I can't help but think that he was influenced, in some way, by this bizarre, violent, mystical mammoth of a novel. Granted, some of the violence is off-putting, but what do you expect from a modern-day apocalypse? This books needs to be more widely known by aficionados, it'll give them more thrills than the umpteenth retelling of a zombie apocalypse
what an amazing book! well written and very well read. the narrator does a great job with the voice acting for every character. the story itself is told with vivid detail. i got a real strong image of every scene. the characters were all interesting and enjoyable, mostly :)
gave this a 4 because there were a few parts tht made me roll my eyes, but i wont mention them off of plot spoilers
"Interesting and absorbing"
Swan Song seemed to be one of those books that as I was going through it I wasn't quite sure where it was going to end up.
So the setting is post-apocalyptic style America and the character list is good, with some well developed characters and intriguing personalities. These characters unfold in sometimes not the most obvious ways and sometimes in the very obvious ways, which is both a good and bad thing. There are some absorbing plot devices (again without going into spoilers) but safe to say that there seems to be a heavy influence of good and evil, god and the devil at work here.
The detriment of the book seemed to me that when it came to the end of the book I was left wondering what happens while already knowing what was going to happen. This really takes away what would make this a 5 star book for me.
To finish this off. This is a really intriguing book and while I listened to it I was enthralled. The reading is really good and the personalities of the characters really come out well in this reading.
Upon reading my own review If I could give it 4.5 I might but I shall have to stick with 4, a damn good book.