"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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Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
I was first introduced to this book in the early 1990's after a friend gave me the worn, battered pages in a paperback copy. She told me that if I liked Stephen King's, The Stand, I would love this book, and I did! It was great to experience it once again in audible form. The narrator is outstanding! He captured the characters as I've envisioned them when I read the book 20 years ago. Overall a great story told by a great narrator. 5 stars!
I liked the narration. Tom Stechschulte gave the characters a realness, especially the bad guys.
I liked the fact that I couldn't always tell what was about to happen and even when I could I didn't mind and just let it happen. I also liked the fact that even though there was a feel good ending, not every hero made it to the end. It kept my attention all the way.
There was no one part that was my favourite but the writers ability to draw the characters,scenes and events with words made it easy to imagine.
It made me sad in parts but even though there were aspects of horror I wasn't scared. But it did keep me on the edge of my seat.
I thought it was as good as any Stephen King I have read.
I love apocalyptic books, and Swan's Song was a wonderful tale on the "end of the world". This book makes it easy to get to know the characters and even love some of them, while hating others. Swan Song is a beautiful tale of the end of humanity, and a possible renewal of who is left after the bombs killed most of the population and others died of radiation poisoning. A special little girl and a beautiful mysterious item which the bomb created are the stars of this book along with the keeper of the mysterious piece (sister). They will take you on a magnificent ride and you may even find yourself crying a time or two in this wonderful tale of destruction and the miracle of regeneration. I recommend this book to all those who are fans of apocalyptic books. It is well worth the credit!! Put your headphones on, sit back and enjoy this wonderful listen!
I have been waiting for years for this book to come out in audio form. This is a truly cool post apocalyptic adventure. Mccammon weaves an epic tale that will grab you and hold on until the bitter end. BUY THIS BOOK, ITS A GREAT STORY AND WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF MCCAMMONS STUFF ON AUDIO!!!!!!!!!
The beginning, the middle and the end
He does a great with the book and you really feel the characters and the emotion.
BRING US MORE UNABRIDGED MCCAMMON-
SO MANY MORE
Wow! What an awesome story! Gripping, gritty, and engaging. Wonderful narration. Really got a feel for the characters. Long, but you don't really want it to stop...so that's a good thing :)
What a certain somebody got their hand caught and other somebody had to get it
Has to be Sister
Why has this book not been made into a movie(s)!!!!!!!!
This is one of my favorite books. Great to see Audible produce it. Extremely well done. If you like Post-Apocalyptic fiction, this is one of the best!
Yes, I would listen to this book again. This book is very intense and gripping. It will make you think about the future and how life is so precious. I really enjoyed it!
There's too many. It's full of life and imagery.
No. I respect the author's choice.
Thanks for being so creative and full of magic!
I haven't read the book but the audiobook was very well articulated and portrayed.
Great concept, Story line and ending was surprising.
The man with the scarlet eye
I don't like ranking books. Each story is in its own ranking. How can you fairly compare it to another book when the stories are not even the same? A narrator can kill a good book and the writing can kill a good narrator. It is more whether I would recommend it to a friend. If I pass the title on to a friend, it is ranked high enough then!
Josh referring to swan as his daughter!
I found Tom Stechschulte to have a pleasing voice to listen too. I have listened to over 100 audio books and Tom ranks in the top 10 narrators I have heard. Again, this is my point of view on what MY ears find pleasing.
This book brought out all kinds of emotions. First, it scared the hell out of me. If this could really happen to our world, which it could what would be the world really be like. YIKES! I laughed many times and felt emotional at others. Tom helped bring the characters personalities to life.
I don't read a book with the intention of doing a review. I am not going to judge the plots, the characters. What makes a good book is if it holds my attention and makes me want to pick it up or in the case of audio books turn it on. If I look forward to the next day’s drive to work because I am excited about seeing where the book is going it is a good book! Enjoy.
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