"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.
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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.
Sister and Swan
Listening to the tone of voice in certain conversations allowed me to experience the characters emotional distress, love, and sadness.
Both.....I laughed and cried...and sometimes yelled!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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