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Swan Song Audiobook

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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    Susan Bolton, CT, United States 08-09-12
    Susan Bolton, CT, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2016

    CorvairLady

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    "Very intense"

    This kept coming up on my device while I was asleep. I would awake and start listening, unable to get back to sleep. I'd have to switch to another story. I finally started listening during the day and for the most part was totally involved. I need to hear it again.

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    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 08-08-12
    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 08-08-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Rip-off of The Stand but I listened to every word."

    I kept thinking, "is Steven King annoyed?" because I do think the book was very like The Stand, but I listened to the whole thing in spite of the sometimes irritating narrator. He had a lot of voices to do, but when he had to express emotion, he was not that great. His idea of a woman's voice crying . . . Not good. But it's a long book, good value for the money and the apocalyptic story came together well in the end. Although, I kept thinking, with all the bottled water in this world . . . surely there's enough of that to last for quite a long time!

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    Ryan 08-05-12
    Ryan 08-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The reviewers before me are correct!"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 3 for sure.


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

    The obvious comparison is Stephan King's classic, The Stand but I like this book better


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

    Josh was the best performed although the creepy pedophile in the airstream was also well done


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

    The beautiful moment when Swan's horrible disfigurement was cured and hope was restored to the land


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audible constantly and I have to say that this narrator was the best I have ever heard. He managed to make every character believable and different with assorted accents that never strayed. He was a perfect choice

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    James Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-27-12
    James Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-27-12 Member Since 2002

    Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.

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    "Well that was depressing!"

    Hard to think of a more depressing subject matter, the misery just goes on and on! Book feels very dated as far as geo political situation goes, also about the effects of a potential Nuclear winter (not giving much away here is all happens at the beginning of the book). Feels very like Stephen King's The Stand, which I liked a lot better.

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    SYLVIA Houston, tx, United States 07-24-12
    SYLVIA Houston, tx, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Swan Song is a must read for all"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Yes Yes Yes!


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

    When the true faces of good and evil are revealed


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    He captured the emotions of the characters well


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I had to get up and go to work the next day


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be sorry-get this book-it's a classic must read of the genre...

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    FredZ Mount Hutton, Australia 07-21-12
    FredZ Mount Hutton, Australia 07-21-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Entertaining....despite the ending!"

    I really enjoyed this book, except for the last couple of chapters. I felt it really needed to end before it did, but won't go into why as I don't want to spoil it for others. Maybe that has more to do with my personality than it does for the writers talent, but I thought it could have been so much stronger (and realistic) had the ending been different. Other than that, it was engaging, thought provoking, and well worth the 1 credit.

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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 07-18-12
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Why has there not been a movie yet?"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    BEST BEST BEST!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh. He was amazing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **SPOILER ALERT**
    When Swan transformed revealing her new face.


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

    I cried at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Super long listen but worth every moment. This was one of the best books I've ever read/listened to. Despite how long it is I would DEF listen to it again.

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    Jody Schlapper Wisconsin 07-15-12
    Jody Schlapper Wisconsin 07-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Traveling Cousins

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    "One of the best yet...Better than The Hunger Games"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They all were captivating.


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

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of Swan Song and why?

    Swan of course!


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this on a whim, because of the length. I listen to audio books on my commute to work. Wow! I was blown away right from the start. Amazing story line. What's really scary, is that this could become reality. I would love to see this as a movie. The characters are rich and full of depth. I was so sorry to come to the end of it. However, the loose ends were all tied up and I was completely satisfied. What a wonderful choice of stories for just a "whim".

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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 07-10-12
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "Stay with it and you will enjoy this story a lot"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    There is a good mix of good and dispair; realism and supernatural, I had put it down after I finished the first part for a while. Once I finished part two I was hooked and listened everywhere I went.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept that life is a jigsaw puzzle and each piece fits together for a purpose.


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

    I liked Josh the best. A slow acting hero who does what he thinks is best in each situation he is in


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

    The Poem of Death


    Any additional comments?

    stick with it, it is worth it

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    Lesa CALEDONIA, MI, United States 06-22-12
    Lesa CALEDONIA, MI, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Intreging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Only have audio version


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

    When she first grew the apples and the glass crown healing the boy in the drs hand


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

    Great narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, was sad when it was over

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