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Swan Song Audiobook
Swan Song
Written by: 
Robert McCammon
Narrated by: 
Tom Stechschulte
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Swan Song Audiobook

Swan Song

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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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    Rob United States 10-16-12
    Rob United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "In my top ten!"

    I don't normally write reviews. I have to say the narrator did an EXCELLENT job. Each character was portrayed very well. This book is compared to "The Stand" a lot - and while I love that book as well - I liked this one much better. It has less characters and really easy to follow along with the story. Although some parts in the book feel dated (as with nuclear war) the story is really captivating. The book is really loooong but I hardly felt it because of the narrators excellent work!!! Get it. You will not regret it!!!

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    catherine DURHAM, CT, United States 10-14-12
    catherine DURHAM, CT, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible narration!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It keeps you glued to your device (kindle, iphone, etc.)


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

    I haven't listened to any other book that compares....it was fascinating to me.


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

    The voices for the characters are so perfect I felt like I was there!! That evil guy that could change his faces freaked me out! I loved every minute and my 34 hrs of listening made my work days fly by!! Thank God I can use my kindle fire at work!


    If you could rename Swan Song, what would you call it?

    Maybe some kind of name you could make for the magical glass piece Sister found.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased Swan Song with a free credit not knowing if I would like it. I was in a hurry to download something to listen to at work that day and was completely stuck to my seat for a week!! Very pleased with this one!!:)))

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    Kara M. Poehler Portland, OR 10-12-12
    Kara M. Poehler Portland, OR 10-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "LOVED IT!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago and loved it. Listening to it was really great. It was like listening to a play. Tom Stechschulte is a wonderful narrator and his voices totally sucked me in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Joshua a lot but it is really hard to pick. This is quite a sound and well rounded story.


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

    Yes. He is really good with capturing the different characters.


    If you could take any character from Swan Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Joshua because I like gentle giants.


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    Lisa Bluffton, AB, Canada 10-12-12
    Lisa Bluffton, AB, Canada 10-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A little predictable, but well worth the read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but by how the book began, I am glad I was not reading it in print! When it started jumping from one character to another, forgetting about the first, I was getting confused and I think I would have quit had I been reading the print version. I stuck with it and things came together and made sense. I loved how each character evolved in its own story line throughout the entire book. It was like following multiple stories simultaneously, that all flowed seamlessly together. I am very glad that I stuck with it and listened all the way! This turned out to be an excellent book with a great reader. Each character personality, voice and emotion came through clearly and was very distinct to them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved this whole story, from the fictional characters to the very realistic descriptions of a very possible scenario of nuclear holocaust. To see the struggles, successes and failures of each character was heart wrenching and joyful at the same time. I felt pulled into the scenes and could really picture what was happening.


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

    This was the first of Tom Stechschulte's performance that I have listened to, but after listening to this, I would gladly listen to more from him. He did a great job here.


    If you could take any character from Swan Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to go to dinner with Josh. His character was genuinely caring and loving. You could tell right from the beginning when he was portrayed as the big bad wrestler that everyone loved to hate, that he had a good heart and truly cared for his fellow man. Even when he did not understand what or why, he carried on without hesitation just with the simple knowledge that he must.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was well worth the money/credit and substantial time it took to listen. I am sure there are details that I missed and this is one that I would be happy to go back and find those missing parts. There were parts that were very predictable early on that turned out to be exactly as I suspected, but there were also surprises that I did not see coming. I would gladly listen to this audio again!

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    Heather Harrisburg, PA, United States 10-04-12
    Heather Harrisburg, PA, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A slow first 1/4, then I couldn't stop!"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is hard. Each character is well thought out and described. I guess Sister would be high on the list. There are so many levels to this character.


    If you could take any character from Swan Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    All of them. It took a long time for any of them to get a decent meal!


    Any additional comments?

    The first 1/4 of this book was slow and failed to capture me. The book is from the late 80s, so there is a gap in current cultural fears. I wouldn't currently consider this a "horror" book, although there were gory scenes, but in the 80s, this would have been truly scary. I walked away from this book and went to another Audible..but when I came back, the story picked up and I couldn't stop listening. The ending was completely satisfying at the end of a long listen.

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    Mike China, MI, United States 09-27-12
    Mike China, MI, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor substitute for Stephen King"

    I have read the Robert McMammon hates being called a "poor man's Stephen King", but I think that is probably the best description. Don't get me wrong, Swan Song is not a terrible use of credits- I like long books, you know, get the most for my money and all. The author's writing style is not terrible, but somewhat "simple" and predictable. If you have not read "The Stand" yet, read this book first, that way you will be less disappointed with Swan Song. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic books and long books, Swan Song is not a terrible use of credits, but far from the best.

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    Julie 09-23-12
    Julie 09-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A post apocalyptic story of good and evil"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this, a lengthy read but well worth it! I looked forward to being able to listen along...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister ... the narrator seemed to do a great job of getting inside her head ... a feisty chick and not your typical heroine!


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

    He was a true gem when it came to switching out voices... it didn`t matter if I had to put the audio book aside for a couple of days, as soon as I turned it back on he had me right back into the characters. A great narration right up there will Will Patton.


    Any additional comments?

    Post apocalyptic with a touch of fantasy ... a great read. No regrets!

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    ansley NICHOLLS, GA, United States 09-11-12
    ansley NICHOLLS, GA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "superb !!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

    couldn't stop listening !!


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Josh


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

    All kinds of emotions


    Any additional comments?

    i would highly recomend listening to this book. I loved it .Best book yet.

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    Jedd 09-11-12
    Jedd 09-11-12
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    "Good Book"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A somewhat surreal journey through the end of times, can be a little long winded at times, and some of the characters lack real definition or drive, but overall a good book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Extinction


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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 09-10-12
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book as it caught my interest and I couldn't stop listening.


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

    The Stand


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

    No


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