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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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    Amazon Customer South Africa 02-29-12
    Amazon Customer South Africa 02-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Really struggled with this one."

    Not as good as "World made by Hand" and not nearly as good as "One Second After". could not get past part 1.

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    Richard 02-29-12
    Richard 02-29-12
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    "Grueling but Entertaining Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

    This book makes Stephen King's The Stand look like a fairy tale. I bought this audiobook based upon the reviews. Once I started to listen, I realized I had tried the book quite some time ago and could not get through the first chapter or 2. Now that I purchased the audio book, I had the incentive to push on a little further and I'm glad I did. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I thought the narrator did a brilliant job conveying all the various characters. I gave the book less than 5 stars overall because of some of the loose ends. Overall, I suspect I will


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    ron san antonio, TX, United States 02-25-12
    ron san antonio, TX, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dont waste your time"
    What would have made Swan Song better?

    If the author had a clue what he was writing about


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    dont know


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

    none


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Song?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    The author should have done some research before writing this book his total lack of technical knowledge ruined this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Waianae, HI, United States 02-22-12
    Chris Waianae, HI, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "COULD NOT STOP LISTENING"

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I USUALLY ONLY LISTEN WHEN I DRIVE (I'M A REPO MAN AND TOW TRUCKER) BUT CAUGHT MYSELF LISTENING IN MY OFF-TIME. I WANTED THE STORY TO GO ON AND ON....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Schmitt Annapolis, MD 02-20-12
    C. Schmitt Annapolis, MD 02-20-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Completely addictive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this story--it started to build and there were little


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister. She had the most character growth--from crazy bag lady to determined seeker to...


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

    Josh. I loved Josh. I loved the accent as performed by Stechschulte. I could see Josh.


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

    There is hope.


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    Petra Potgietersrus, South Africa 02-17-12
    Petra Potgietersrus, South Africa 02-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Once started, I just couldn't stop listening. The description of everything, ie. the characters, the scenery etc is so vivid. The best bit was that the book is 36 hours long. I enjoyed every minute of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swan Song?

    There are very many memorable moments in this book.


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

    He made the characters come alive, reading their lines with feeling and conviction. Tom is an awesome narrator. I'll definitely look out for other books where he narrates. There is just something in his voice......


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

    Oh no, just one? Probably Sista. I am curios to know more of her past, before she lost her child.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was written in the 80's, but you don't notice that at all. I never ever, not even once, thought that this story could not have happened in 2011 or so. This book is a bargain for just 1 credit. Thank's Audible!!!!

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    Greg West Hartford, CT, United States 02-13-12
    Greg West Hartford, CT, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Listen to this if you liked "The Stand""

    This book has a lot in common with Stephen King's "The Stand," as an apocalyptic event leaves a 1980's-era America in shambles, and a few survivors are left to square off in a good-vs-evil battle.

    A few of the plot twists are predictable. As is common in long books, this one has a few slow sections. But overall, the pacing was good. It's a well-told story, with compelling characters, and excellent narration.

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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 02-11-12
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Dark, Dated, and Judeo-Christian biased"



    I won't repeat the details of the review by Daniel of Tallahassee, FL. I think he is right on the money, but I'll add a a few additional comments.

    I though this was unrealistic in its description of the post-apocalyptic world. All food fuel simply won't be gone from all locations overnight. I felt that the darkness was extreme. Even a post-nuclear war world would have some light moments in places before things start to turn around. I almost got so tired of it that I didn't finish the book. The ending was expected and disappointing. I like to see resolution of the major parts of the storyline. Robert McCammon didn't do that for me on this one.

    One a positive note, I though Tom Stechschulte's reading and voicing was excellent.

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    "How'd I miss this book?"

    I was a little put off when I started listening to this book and found it was built on a premise of a war between Russia and the U.S. and written in the 1980's, but once I got past that, I couldn't put it down. I don't know how I never heard of this book being a fan of this genre but it has become one of my favorites of all time. Amazing characters, a great story, incredible reader, and a classic good vs. evil. I didn't want this one to end.

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    Anita Acton, ON, Canada 01-31-12
    Anita Acton, ON, Canada 01-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this book!"

    I would definitely recommend this book, I love the whole concept & the way it is written. I "read" this book 2-3 times before the audio version came out. So far I've only listened to it once, but I haven't owned it for that long!

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