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Swan Song | [Robert McCammon]

Swan Song

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.
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Publisher's Summary

"We're about to cross the point of no return. God help us; we're flying in the dark, and we don't know where the hell we're going."

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the president of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival.

Swan Song is Robert McCammon's prescient and shocking vision of a post-apocalyptic nation, a grand epic of terror and, ultimately, renewal.

In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity. They include Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets... Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station... and Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gifts. But the ancient force behind earth's devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself.

Please note: Two chapters were originally missing from Part 2 of this book. We were alerted to the problem on 11/21/11 and have corrected it. We're very sorry for any inconvenience. If you had already downloaded the book, don’t worry - your library has automatically updated with the corrected version. Simply re-download from your library, at no additional cost, to get the complete book.

©2009 Robert McCammon (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 06-21-12
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply an Amazing Story"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was hesitant on buying this book because of the mixed reviews and the length of the book. After the first part of of the book I was sucked into Swan and Sister's apocalyptic nightmare. The book is simply amazing, frightening, funny, sad, brutal, and inspirational. I am for once at a loss of words to describe this book of fear I might not do it justice. If you like The Stand by Stephen King you will IN FACT LOVE Swan Song.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister and Swan


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to the tone of voice in certain conversations allowed me to experience the characters emotional distress, love, and sadness.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.....I laughed and cried...and sometimes yelled!


    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 12-20-11
    Tim United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2010

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    Good story, a touch of magic but not too much. It's rated R so kids should stay clear probably. It kept me listening without much of a break. That's a good book to me. Top 100

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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 11-23-11
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 11-23-11 Member Since 2008

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Very compelling post-apocalyptic tale"

    Although written in 1987, this book really hasn't dated all that badly. It's a well thought out post-apocalyptic saga with a pleasing amount of paranormal added in to set it apart from the other post-nuclear novels of the time. In all fairness, it could have been about 5 hours shorter, but it is full of excellently characterized bad guys. If I had to find something to criticize, perhaps the Swan character could have been just a little less perfect, but nonetheless, I did enjoy the listen. It wasn't easy to turn it off come bedtime.

    The narration is good. Tom Stechschulte does certain characters exceptionally well. I do wish, though, that he toned down his emotive reading a little. I prefer it when narrators let the emotion come through the words instead of using their tone of voice so much. But if you enjoy emotive readers, then you will really enjoy him. And for the most part, the slightly over-dramatic reading doesn't detract from the listening experience.

    I certainly thought it was worth the credit!

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Renee DOVE CANYON, CA, United States 11-15-11
    Renee DOVE CANYON, CA, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "You'll be up all night listening to this classic"

    Swan Song has been my all-time favorite book, since I first read it in the 1980's, even when compared to other post-apocalypse dramas, like The Stand, or Lucifer's Hammer.

    I still have my old dog-eared paperback copy on my book shelf after all these years!

    I'm excited to purchase the audiobook and re-experience the edge-of-your seat thrills, and ultimately the hope for humanity that Swan Song delivers.

    78 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 12-02-11
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 12-02-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Horrible and beautiful at the same time"

    Imagine the horror of a sudden and devastating nuclear war. Russia has apparently bombed most of the United States, rendering most cities and much of the countryside as a nuclear wasteland. Pair that horrible situation with small groups of survivors and a mystical and beautiful crystal/jeweled ring which has unfathomable powers and you have story which portrays mankind at its worst and best at the same time. The story is long (34 hours long) and at first I did not think I would get through the entire book. It did not fully draw me in until about 12 hours in, but once it did I could not put it down and finished it in a few days. If you like apocalyptic tales you will likely enjoy this one. Excellent story and performance.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 02-01-12
    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb apocalyptic fantasy"

    Wow--how could I have never come across this book before? A big thank you to Audible for drawing this one to my attention. This is a massive, epic book about the end of the world (as it existed in 1987). Instantly reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand, Swan Song draws readers into a post-apocalyptic landscape where only the strong survive. With a massive cast of characters to navigate, narrator Tom Stechschulte does a masterful job of presenting each one with his/her own personality and voice. Amazing job! This is a long book, and it's not always fun to listen to; the world of Swan Song is pretty dark. But in the end, the message of hope comes through, and the interplay of fast-paced action scenes with slower, more contemplative interludes provides a nice pacing to the story. Robert McCammon rides a perfect balance between realism and fantasy in this amazing book. Highly recommended!

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    jewel Hood River, OR, United States 11-15-11
    jewel Hood River, OR, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "don't miss out on this book!!!"

    I have been waiting for this book to come out in audio for years. I thought about waiting until I finished listening to the entire book before writing a review, but didn't have the willpower. Anyone who likes sci-fi will love this book. Although is is an older book it is so well worth the listen. It has everything a good book needs; it pits the forces of good and evil against one anther and is superbly written. I can comfortably and with confidence highly recommend this book. Thank you audible for bringing it to me!!!

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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 02-15-12
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book ive read in years."

    You won't be able to hear "Here we go round the mullberry bush" again with out getting the heebeejeebees. Very original book,great naration,keeps you on the edge of your seat. This would make a great movie.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    shane eden, VT, United States 11-19-11
    shane eden, VT, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "a classic supernatural apocolypse novel"

    its long , it borrows alot from the stand even the villain is almost a rf word for word but it has many elements that make it good on its own , and many original concepts I read it when I was younger and liked it enough to listen to it now I still prefer the stand , but i like this book.

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    Michelle EUREKA, CA, United States 11-22-11
    Michelle EUREKA, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Audible is Awesome"

    I wrote a review about missing chapters and how the unabridged version wasn't quite so unabridged. Then I wrote to Audible about it. They responded within 24 hours to tell me they had been made aware of the problem and had fixed it. After a new download, I now have the complete book.
    The book itself is fantastic. I have a tattered paperback copy that I have read repeatedly over the years. Last year I bought a copy for my Kindle. Now I have the audio version.
    Don't miss out on this great book.

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    "One of the best books of its type"

    If you like post aocalyptic fiction then you must read this. If you like epic stories with in depth characters I also reccomend you read it. At first I thought this book was just a cheap rip off ,of Stephen King's 'The Stand' but no, in actual fact it is far superior and quite different. The book welds factions from post apocalytic fiction into one, with elements from 'The satnd', 'The Road', 'Mad Max' and many others of the genre. Ok yes it is a little remenisent of the eighties with its cold war paranoia and style of the decade, but you must remember it was also written then. I listen and read all kinds of books from Ken Follett to Cormac McCarthy and I will certainy always think of this book with fond memories that stands up among the best of them.

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  • Georgina
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    6/15/12
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    "Gripping"

    This book kept me interested from start to finish. What an amazing imagination this author has and the narrator is excellent. Highly recommended. Am going to try more of this authors work.

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    "just buy it!"

    just a fantastic read. A real epic. I've read this twice now (once in print, years ago) thoroughly enjoyed it both times.

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  • Julie
    Alton, United Kingdom
    3/1/12
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    "Swan Song"

    I loved this book, I listened to it at every opportunity and totally engaged with the characters, I found it easy to place myself inside the story. The characters captured all that is good and bad in our race, with good triumping over evil. The authors description and story telling worked increditbly well and I was sorry that the book came to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    4/9/14
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    "Long but beautifully read and worth every second"

    I do seem to like an end of the world disaster book; I was hooked from the beginning to the end. Soooo!! well read full of emotion. Great characters good and evil. A must read or listen.
    Buy enjoy you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Bate
    Planet Earth
    4/3/14
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    "Superb post-apocalyptic thriller"

    Swan Song is a superb story from the pen of Robert McCammon, written in 1991 there are a few similarities to Stephen King's 'The Stand' but anyone who enjoyed SK's masterpiece from the late 1970's will certainly enjoy this tale.

    Clocking in at over 30 hours this story is a real epic & Tom Stechschulte does a great job with the narration (although I did think his portrayal of 'Sister' to be a little tiresome at times), the story has a really good flow & for Audible members a 30+ hour quality book is great value for a single credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dawn
    cornwall, United Kingdom
    3/23/14
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    "A great big story in length and in content!"
    Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

    Yes, I listened to it again as soon as I had finished as it is so long and complex I wanted to make sure I had it all straight in my head!


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to, and why?

    Yes, a bit like but not really the Stand, if you enjoy post apocalyptic tales this is for you!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    don't want to do any spoilers......but yes! the end


    Any additional comments?

    I did not really know of this or the author, I usually find my audible books by looking at good reviews of books I have enjoyed - glad I found this.....it is sad though! We live in this big beautiful world full of amazing things - our plant is mind-blowing - let us pray that we do not ever have this post WW3 world with a 7 year winter! Keep your cool leaders of the world! It is only in your hands for safekeeping for future generations - not yours to abuse of damage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Sleaford, United Kingdom
    3/18/14
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    "forgotten goodie"

    read this years ago, and had a credit spare so treated myself. a bit different from Stephen Kings THE STAND but I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadine Sutton
    UK
    2/18/14
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    "Awesome - if you like The Stand, try this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Unknown - have not read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love an in depth epic. Being a huge fan of The Stand on audio, this followed suit and has become a favourite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    IPSWICH, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "One of the best audio books I have heard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely especially for a long journey. This is a great story unwinds and twists and turns so that the final solution cannot be guessed. I really enjoyed this book even though the subject matter is somewhat dark. The characters were well-defined and different enough that you could follow them. I was kept guessing how they would all be put together throughout the story. The background to the story and the different environments were well described so that you felt you were actually in each different town or scenario. Although the subject matter is sometimes troubling it was never so horrific that you could not listen. I felt that it was accurate description of what the world after nuclear holocaust would be. Cold, troubled, definitely scary and challenging. Recommended very highly!


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to, and why?

    This book is singularly different different but the closest I could find to compare it with is 2016.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not will fully intend to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final battle for life as we know it was heartwarming and totally not foreseeable within the writing. I really thought that the end was nigh but the author Paul something out this hat at the last moment. Tears streaming and surprised.


    Any additional comments?

    I came across this book by accident not having heard of the author but will definitely be searching for other books by the same author. The narrator was also very good he had a cast of players that he was able to give different voices to and this enabled me to follow the story much more easily it also gave a good sense of being involved with the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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