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Swan Song | [Robert McCammon]

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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    Roger Riverside, CA, United States 12-12-11
    Roger Riverside, CA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "a great book"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    I love the way Swan Josh and sister become a family and the classic good vs. evil


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

    When Josh is made to run the gauntlet in the department stor in order to save their lives


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

    easily Josh


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

    yes very much so


    Any additional comments?

    I have lots of audio books but this is far and away my favorite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Gastelo 12-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "a great book"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    I love the way Swan Josh and sister become a family and the classic good vs. evil


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

    When Josh is made to run the gauntlet in the department stor in order to save their lives


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

    easily Josh


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

    yes very much so


    Any additional comments?

    I have lots of audio books but this is far and away my favorite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 12-04-11
    Charles 12-04-11
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    "Be patient"
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    Starts out kinda slow, almost stopped listening, but it really grabbed me after a while. I can recommend this one without hesitation. A heartwarming story, and I never say heartwarming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughn 12-02-11
    Vaughn 12-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Gives one pause for thought"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!! This is one of the best stories I have listened to through Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is well crafted. It talks about a nightmare that even now could befall us. It gives one pause to think of our relations with others and how we treat people. The story moves along at a great pace never did I find it lagging.


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

    This is the first to my knowledge. I found I was listening to the story and not to the narration.


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

    Sister, because of her gutsy determination.


    Any additional comments?

    The only other comment I have is regarding the language. The language has far too much swearing. Those who are bothered by foul language should be aware before listening to this story. That being said this is a story that is well worth the read or listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jazmin burnaby, bc, Canada 11-30-11
    jazmin burnaby, bc, Canada 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthwhile Listening"

    I was engrossed in this book. It felt like it paralleled our current economic situation at least as to how the book starts out. Well written and engaging, although not for the faint as it has some fairly graphic portrayals of living in a post nuclear world. I would recommend this book in an instant.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mario GAITHERSBURG, MD, United States 11-25-11
    Mario GAITHERSBURG, MD, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "as good as the first time"

    I remember reading this in high school in '92, i was really into post apocalyptic type stories. All these years later this story has not lost one bit of greatness that it was to me back then. It's well read by the narrator and different voices he performs for the many characters in the story are well done. This is a must have for any sci-fi lover that hasnt already picked this up.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Potwin, KS, United States 11-24-11
    Michal Potwin, KS, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing!"

    I remember reading this when it first came out in book form. I had remembered it as being one of my favorite books ever. When it came out in audio format I was afraid I'd remembered it wrong and that the book would be forever ruined for me in revisiting this story years later. I was wrong. I loved every second of it! Well worth every second spent listening!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    mike 02-08-12
    mike 02-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A knock-off of The Stand...a bad knock-off..."

    If you've read The Stand, don't waste your time with this book. It's pretty much the same thing except that the cause of the end of the world is a nuclear war, not a virus.

    Well that and the characters are 2 dimensional and unlikeable. I found myself just hoping they would all die so the book would end sooner.

    The plot points are cliched by today's standards, and many aspects of the story go unexplained/or unresolved. For example *** Spoiler alert***:

    The big bad chases the good guys for the entire book, trying to kill them. Then at the end, he doesn't get killed but for some inexplicable reason stops trying to kill the remaining good guys. Yup, it's the end of the book, so now he's satisfied just stalking them and acting creepy *yawn*.

    I know some people love this book. But if you read the reviews carefully (unlike I did), you'll see that it's a very polarizing book. People either seem to love it or hate it. And for the most part it seems like the folks who love it, do so because they read it when they were younger and have fond memories of when they first read it. Obviously, i'm in the latter group.

    It may have been okay when it first came out, but it certainly hasn't aged well. Use your credit wisely and read The Stand instead.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Satter boulder, co 02-07-12
    T. Satter boulder, co 02-07-12 Member Since 2004

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    "A complete disappointment"

    One of the main reasons I listened to this book was the large number of glowing reviews it had received here and on Amazon. I am truly unable to understand how so many people can think this was a five star book. I enjoyed the narration and that was about it. While there are some scenes and episodes that are decribed in very good detail, there are two main problems with this book. The first is that it is at least 50% to long. This is a book that truly needed a good editor to trim it down. The second problem is larger - the author can't seem to decide if he is writing a realistic post-nuclear distopia novel or a supernatural horror novel. And he fails at both. The realism is not that good - there are people everywhere but no wildlife seems to have survived, except wolves, which have multiplied as if by magic. And maybe it was magic - that is certainly implied, but the supernatural parts of this novel are so inconsistent and sporadic that they don't really add anything to the story. The main characters, with maybe one or two exceptions, do such stupid things following the nuclear devastation that they should all be dead. Who, in their right mind, would get out of a basement where they had been trapped for months and start walking without digging out any of the supplies and water stored in the basement with them? Apparently it was Josh and Swan, two of the main characters. Did the glass ring actually play any real part in the story other than being a prop that could be brought out to liven things up? If there is actually a good force in the world that can make the glass ring and the Job's masks and give Swan special powers, how is that this force can do all these things but can't communicate with anyone in the story - even through the glass ring? And why is the villian yet another stereotypical creature who can't be killed but also gets run out of town at every turn? If he is so weak, why can't they kill him? If he is so strong that he can rip an electified fence off it's posts, why can't he just win? This is just ridiculous. And the entire book was like that. Don't waste your time or your money.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 12-27-11
    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Blah!"
    What disappointed you about Swan Song?

    This is much more a mystical fantasy novel than it is a


    What about Tom Stechschulte???s performance did you like?

    Well read. Wish he would go a little easier on the voices and accents.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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