"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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Top 20 percent.
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.
All of them. It took a long time for any of them to get a decent meal!
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.
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.
I really enjoyed this, a lengthy read but well worth it! I looked forward to being able to listen along...
Sister ... the narrator seemed to do a great job of getting inside her head ... a feisty chick and not your typical heroine!
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.
Post apocalyptic with a touch of fantasy ... a great read. No regrets!
couldn't stop listening !!
All kinds of emotions
i would highly recomend listening to this book. I loved it .Best book yet.
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.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I would definitely recommend this book as it caught my interest and I couldn't stop listening.
Couldn't put it down.
Too many to describe.
His use of different voices for each character.
The decriptions of the aftermath of the nuclear war.
I liked the fact that Audible is now labelling the different parts, i.e., part 1 and part 2. I wish you did this in all your books.
YES! I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO ANY AND EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF NUCLEAR WARFARE WAS TO EVER REALLY HAPPEN... WITH ALL SCIENCE FICTION ASIDE, THIS WAS AN AMAZING BOOK A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I READ IT.... THE AUDIOBOOK MADE MY COMMUTES TO WORK A BLAST...! THE HARDEST PART WAS TURNING IT OFF...!
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