"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 loved the story, from start to finish. I would call it a improved version of Stephen King's the Stand. It is an older book and is a little dated with its cold war implications.
Not a must read, but I still would recommend it.
I'm a long haul truck driver. For me there's no better way to knock down the miles than with a good audiobook.
Ive read this book 4 times since it was 1st published. being a truck driver and I drive 3 or 4 thousands miles a week, it just kept me smiling all day.
I believe besides Swan herself, the wrestler will be my pick. Then again the woman with the talisman would be a good pick too.
not Scott Brick or the like.
her(Swan) meeting the boy, I dont know, Ive read this book several times, the whole book moves Me.
I would recommend this to everyone.
All really good, but Sister is a mean SOB!
Josh the strong
The writing is decent, but there is a heavy religious theme that just got on my nerves for some reason. Other readers may enjoy this.
He's a good narrator. It was the story that was the problem for me.
The story is not bad, but I found the heavy religious theme bothersome. If you don't mind that or are looking for that kind of story then this would probably be very engaging.
The first parts of the book are quite excellent. The author conveys the build up of nuclear war, it's unfolding, and it's aftermath very vividly. The first third of the book is very enjoyable, but that enjoyment did not last for me.
Everything that happens after that is very predictable and has all the melodrama of a soap opera. The characters become completely one-dimensional as does the story. The antagonist are pure evil and the protagonist are benevolent forces for good. Of course there is a showdown between the two and supposedly the protagonist have their backs against the wall and it seems like evil will prevail. It doesn't, of course, and you never have a feeling that it might because halfway through the book you realize exactly what kind of story this is......one that you've read and seen a million times. The protagonist are able to defeat the "bad guys" at the last second (literally) through the power of love, magic, faith, and god. Everybody lives happily ever after.
Been there, done that, nothing to see here, move along.
The production was good and the narrator does a great job for the most part. The only problem I had with the narration was the voice he used for one of the main characters. It sounds like a Jerky Boys character and gets incredibly annoying to listen to. I found myself hoping that character would die so I wouldn't have to listen to that voice anymore. :)
Overall the story has some great moments in it, but they can't make up for the fact that in the broader sense of the story the overall plot is just another good vs. evil melodrama.
The battle between good and evil reminded me of a Stephen King novel
Josh was my favorite as a protector and great character. Everyone needs a Josh in their life.
I have read this book at least 6 times since it first came out. Everytime i found it in paperback to read again I end up just having to give it to someone to read. I was so happy that it came out in audio.
I can't pick out any favorite's in this book because I loved the whole book. It was a great story and very well written. If you loved Stephen Kings the Stand you will love this one just as much or even more.
Between the voice of the narrator and the plodding of the narrative, I just couldn't get through this book. Ugh.
That's my review for this book: Ugh.
I love books, I love audiobooks. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror...ZOMBIES, etc. What is better than being at work and being entertained for hours and hours?
It started off pretty well...then it got slower, and slower, and slower. Then it got weird, I am all for good weird, but this was terrible weird. I spent hour after painstaking hour listening to this tale of woe. I kept expecting something to happen that made some sense, or perhaps something exciting, or entertaining and this one just didn't do it for me. Not my cup of tea at all...
Of course, you never base an author on 1 story, or Stephen King would never have made it. All authors have good and bad books, a lot of time when they are trying to carry on a series that should have stopped 3 books back. This is a stand alone story...thankfully.
Well when you are reading dull material, in a dull way, it makes it...well dull. He did however do a good job creating the characters voices...so kudos!
The only redeeming quality is that I found out if you don't like a book, you can return it and redeem your credit that you wasted. So here's to getting my credit back :)
Hey I am a person and have particular tastes. I enjoy most of Stephen Kings books, loved Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series, Vince Flynn is a master, on that same token I tried the Of Fire and Ice series and couldn't stand the books. A lot of people think they are great, for them they were, for me...not so much. So don't, not try this book, just because it wasn't for me. Everyone wants different things from books...I wanted entertainment and received hours and hours of, really, this has got to get better at some point...right?
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. Post-apocalyptic stories are perhaps my favourite genre, particularly long, sweeping stories like this one. I fell in love with the characters right away, held my breath for them, laughed and cried with them. I finished listening to Swan Song over a month ago now and have listened to two other novels since, but I still find myself reflecting on Sister, Josh, Swan and the others from time to time.
But? But... disappointingly the plot has some serious problems. So as not to be a spoiler, I'll just say that some of the very well developed threads in the story seem to fizzle out without explanation.
Nonetheless, while these problems definitely weakened my enjoyment of the book leaving me feeling somewhat unsatisfied by the conclusion, I still highly recommend Swan Song for those who love this genre.
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