"The Stand, want-a-be"
The story although long could easily have been longer which may have held it together, instead the writer decided to just skip 7 years. For the most part well written, but it leans heavily on The Stand. The ending seemed rushed, as if the author tired of his own story.
"Outstanding, moving story"
This is shy of a masterpiece that I gladly wasted many hours listening to.
What started out as a senario from some kind of corney eighties pulp novel, all be it, well crafted, heightens to an intricate unfolding plot and an eternal struggle between good and evil. The characters are real and the landscapes panoramic, painted with painstaking detail.
My only misgivings are that the quality of the plot seems to diminish and become too unrealistic, splintering the continuity, around the last few chapters and the ending feels rushed.
Still, Swan Song is definitely a gem.
"Slightly cheesy but so well written."
Really enjoyed this book and narration was fine, would recommend, well worth it.Never seen before.
"Talented author but why this? Too derivative"
I have enjoyed other books by this very talented author so much more. I have no idea why it was written. This was far too much like the Stand and I became exasperated with the hackneyed themes and villains that I just gave up.
"Amazing! My First Robert McCammon novel."
Narrator was excellent. Brought the characters to life for me. An epic story . If you're a Stephen King can you will love this too.
"Loved this book - still do"
Yes. Its standard fare Good vs Evil, told in a post apocalyptic America. The characters are well rounded and develop well. Some of the plot and development is a touch cheesy in places but that doesn't detract from an overall damn fine book.
Sister was just brilliant. Tough, fiesty, hard as nails and a deeply loving homeless woman who recovers from her pre-apocalyptic issues to become someone you really loved and admired.
The Nuclear attack was written and narrated in such a vivid manner, visualisation was automatic and not at all hard to accomplish. It struck an equal measure of awe, fear and relief. Awe and fear from the terrible destruction and visceral descriptions and relief from knowing it's just a book.
Oh yes! Both! I laughed and especially for Sister, I cried.
I can only give 4 stars for the story as it does rattle on a bit over details it shouldn't really dwell on, not to mention the cheesiness in some places, but I still love it.
It's a huge read (or should I say listen) and special mention MUST be given to Tom Stechschulte for an absolutely incredible narration. Every character was individually voiced and each was given their own life. It's worth listening to just for the narration.
All characters I felt were really done well but Josh Hutchins was my favorite it was a great performance.
I cried my eyes out don't want to spoil it for anyone but there are lots of moments the this book where you'll be reaching for a hankie.
This is one of my favorite audio books ever I was sad when its ended I just wanted it to go on forever. I loved all the characters each were performed amazingly. I will defiantly be listing to this again maybe wait a year or two though.
A bit Stephen kingfish and overall a very engrossing and entertaining book. Let down slightly by some very small plot discrepancies but that may just be me being very picky. Will definitely listen to other books by Robert McCammon
Near the top
no but I will look out for him from now on
No, too long
I just got so into the story and the characters. It had a big impact and made me think about it while I was not in a position to carry on and listen. I really looked forward to my next episode as I listen to the books while at work. I took a little while to get into, but once I was in I was hooked. Brilliant!
This has to be one of the most gripping audio books I have ever listened to. Just fantastic, great characters, griping tension and a wonderfully rich story.