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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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    Robert Arlington, TN, United States 11-17-12
    Robert Arlington, TN, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Phenomenal post apocalyptic tale"
    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    Visceral, engrossing, terrifying


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the story development. I am 32 years old and I originally read this book in college since McCammon is one of my favorite authors. I vividly remember Regan, Gorbachev and the Cold War threat growing up. I remember being terrified reading this book originally thinking that if both sides really did end up pulling the trigger the world would resemble the nightmare that McCammon paints in our minds eye with radiation sickness, the sun being blacked out, and human depravity.


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

    I did like the voices he had for Swan, Sister, & Josh.


    Any additional comments?

    There are few authors that can tell a story like McCammon and if you remember being a kid around a campfire while a gifted adult storyteller drew you in that's the sort of feeling you get when reading McCammon's work during this era of his writing. One of the only modern day authors that evokes the same feelings for me as far as feeling as if I am in the presence of a "master storyteller" is Jeffrey Archer (Kane & Abel, Only Time Will Tell, etc.).

    I would say his best work woudl be: 1.) BOY'S LIFE -- A classic Coming of Age Tale 2.) Swan Song 3.) The Wolf's Hour -- the best and most plausible werewolf yarn I have ever read think Indianna Jones meets James Bond but he's a werewolf fighting Nazi's in WWII--sound crazy? It is and somehow he manages to pull it off maginificently! 4.) Usher's Passing 5.) MINE -- probably one of the most terrifying female villains since the character in MISERY 6.) I love his recent historical series with Matthew Corbett (Speaks the Nightbird, etc.)

    In the 80's he was known as the Southern Stephen King and the big three in horror at the time were King, Koontz, & McCammon and then he wrote his masterpiece Boy's Life in 1991 which isn't a horror novel at all. Boy's Life was probably the most powerful coming of age novel I have ever read and it does rank up there with To Kill A Mockingbird. It was a bestseller but the boys in New York had him pegged as a "horror" novelist and they wanted him to continue writing in that genre so he walked away from writing after he wrote Gone South which had some supernatural elements to it but it was not really horror.

    Thank God he decided to make a comeback with the Matthew Corbett series. If you have not read McCammon you do not know what you are missing. Spend the credit and then spend another credit on Speaks the Nightbird (totally different genres) but both times you will be in the presence of a master storyteller.

    Please AUDIBLE more McCammon unabrigded...Please!

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    Lois SHELBYVILLE, KY, United States 11-16-12
    Lois SHELBYVILLE, KY, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book gives us a good look into our evil nature and the balance of that with goodness and humanity. You see the hope of what is yet to come and the importance of relations. Unselfish love and faith can work miracles. God is in the details.


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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Gripping tale"

    This is a fast-moving, captivating tale about post-apocalypse life in the US. I recommend it because it is a good story, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and ends in a satisfying way.
    The only quibbles I have are some of the assumptions of the story. A full-scale nuclear exchange between the USA and the USSR is no longer possible. Using the USSR as a combatant makes the story dated. I also quibble with the level of destruction described. The author basically states that human civilization ends with nuclear war (scanning the airwaves with a shortwave radio found absolutely 0 people still transmitting). But given that there were about 8,000 warheads at the peak of the cold war, I don't see how every city in every country could have been destroyed. Do you think Fiji would be targeted? Madagascar? Also, as an engineer, I cannot picture that a nuclear exchange would have this total "success", meaning I believe that since no intercontinental nuclear missile has EVER been really tested (including blowing up a city), the vast majority of them wouldn't work. And after a few explosions, the ability of the remaining missiles to still function and find their targets seems even more suspect. So the whole setup of the story seems unreal to me. Also, although I enjoy fantasy, I thought the addition of many supernatural forces to this story was unnecessary. The challenges and situation is so remarkable on its own, that we don't really need to hear about magical lights and evil monsters.

    But despite my quibbling, I think the story of groups of survivors trying to survive in a nuclear winter makes a fascinating premise for a story. I listened to it intently, and was sorry to reach the end because I wanted to know more about what happens to the survivors. Caring about the characters is what makes good writing, and that's why I recommend this book.

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    Jeckyll 11-05-12
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    "Let down"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Tom Stechschulte?

    Probably not


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    Very scattered and too many unbelievable (being very easy on him) events.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Stechschulte?

    Yes


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

    Too many to name


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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 11-03-12
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "What a Terrific Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's full of excitement and wonderful hidden messages that if one has read the Holy Bible can see the similarities. An excellent book from beginning to end plus very well read aloud.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book for all ages

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    Cooki3Monst3r USA 10-22-12
    Cooki3Monst3r USA 10-22-12

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    "Excellent Story"

    Mankind at the brink of extinction, evil threatening to take over, survival uncertain and excellent character plot what more can you ask for. Love this book and would change very few things about it. It was a little annoying that some of the mane characters came off as weak and often required help to survive but other than that it was a fascinating story and well written.

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    David TX, United States 10-22-12
    David TX, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    This book was a more mature and complete version of the old SK "The Stand" on Steroids.
    Well written and read.


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

    The Stand


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

    All of them were fantastic


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

    Josh


    Any additional comments?

    Very Long and worth ever second.

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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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