"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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If Dean Koontz had written The Stand, it might have come out a bit like this. There was a supernatural element that was not mentioned in the description. Happily I happen to like that sort of thing. Others may be put off by the wandering demon and magic ring stuff. There was a lot of swooping in at the last minute to save the day, and it was occasionally silly, but I liked it well enough.I had never heard of this writer before, I might try another of his books. I have to say though He uses analogies way too often, and they are often strained. ''the bullets flew like flies at a garbage man convention'' Well whatever it was interesting enough to make minor annoyances like that bearable. So my reviw comes to the end of the road, where there stands a stop sign, a bloody crimson red, as the setting sun after a storm.
No too long and repetative
The apple tree
Just did not like presentation
This book was interesting but could have been better in half the time. Much too much of the same situations over and over again. Very difficult to finish because of the length of the audiobook.
I'm a Big fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I don't have a long history with reading books but most of what i find is enjoyable. My favorite series i have ever come across is Dresden Files.
First looking at this book i was interested in reading an old classic that was based on nuclear aftermath. The book really isn't that aged as some say it feels like it could of been written very recently. The story is based around a few main characters initial surviving in the hellish aftermath of nuclear war. These characters are molded by their situations and decisions in the fierce fight for survival. There is a prominent element of "magic" throughout the book that is surreal and enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book a lot mainly because there was so much depression and sadness when something hopeful or good happened it shined like a bright light in the darkness. It filled me with pride and joy for the characters and humanity in general. It's something I've never really experienced with any other story.
I have always loved humanities willingness to survive and endure. This book expresses it so well.
Apocalyptic adventure with a touch of magic. Great story that really pulls you in but I was a little disappointed by the "magic" elements. Still a great listen.
Reader did a good job of changing voices and accents. Made it very realistic without overdoing it.
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.
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!
in the top 3 for sure.
The obvious comparison is Stephan King's classic, The Stand but I like this book better
Josh was the best performed although the creepy pedophile in the airstream was also well done
The beautiful moment when Swan's horrible disfigurement was cured and hope was restored to the land
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
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
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.
Yes Yes Yes!
When the true faces of good and evil are revealed
He captured the emotions of the characters well
Yes but I had to get up and go to work the next day
You won't be sorry-get this book-it's a classic must read of the genre...
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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