When Robert B. Parker died, you would figure Spenser did as well, but Ace Atkins has kept him alive...the flavor, the crassness, all of it is the Spenser, those of us fans of the original stories are so familiar with. This story was not extraordinary, though the client was fun, But what made it good was the fact that Spenser, Hawk, and Susan are all here and truly the same characters with the same humor and action that Parker so prolifically provided.
Joe Mantegna has done most of the Spenser readings (as well as played Spenser is several TV movies) and so he adds the right touch of sardonic wit to make the book work. If you are a Spenser fan, this will all work for you...if you've never done a Spenser book, go back and listen to the older Spenser books, this one will still be here waiting for you when you come back.
There was always something happening, and enough good folks and bad folks to keep you listening to see where it was going to go. It's totally unpredictable.
Swan is of course the main focus of the piece but I liked the ex-wrestler Josh, and I enjoyed Sister. The book is so full of interesting (and enough nefarious) characters that picking your favorite is really very hard.
He does a great job. With so many characters it could get confusing, but he sees to it that each is different and unique; no easy task in a book of this size.
Swan Song is a pretty good title, both a play on words and an accurate look at what happens in the book...but if I absolutely had to rename it, I would call it: Apocalypse Redeemed.
This is the second time I have read this book. I read it to myself the first time and listened maybe 20 years later and though I remembered little things and that it was an excellent book, it was a totally new experience, especially having it read to me. I can't recommend it much higher than that.
I am a McCammon fan! I think his "Boy's LIfe" is one of the smartest books ever written (though not on Audible as they only have an abridged version). But this is the first McCammon I've come across that I would advise people to steer clear of, it lacks the brilliance I've come to expect of McCammon's books.
In the other McCammon books it moves with interesting stories and interweaved plots, unfortunately this book drags and as a few of the characters die...well, frankly, I don't care as I haven't really formed a connection with any of them and I'm pretty sure McCammon hasn't either.
Not out to spoil what meager enjoyment there is in the book by giving out too much information but the final shoot out is probably the best part of the book.
I feel the narrator did as good a job as possible considering the material he was working with. I did listen to the end, thinking he might redeem it and make it all worth while...He didin't.
I definitely don't want to turn people off of McCammon's work. "Swan's Song" is brilliant and if audible ever does a unabridged version of "Boy's LIfe", well, it's one of my all time favorite books and you can see just how great a writer McCammon can be.
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