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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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    Kimberly J Manck 02-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "34 Hours Wasn't Long Enough!!"

    When I got an email from Audible.com that this book had been released as an audiobook I couldn't get there fast enough. I had read Swan Song back in the 80's just out of high school and, though I didn't remember much detail, I distinctly remembered being riveted the whole way through. Twenty-five years later it's even better than I remember. This story doesn't have a dull moment. It draws you in and keeps you wanting more. The last set of books I read that did the same was The Hunger Games trilogy. I couldn't wait to get in my car each day to listen to Swan Song and today, when I finally reached the last chapter, I was so sad that it was over. Tom Stechschulte does a phenomenal job with all of the characters...and there are a lot of them. His voices, accents and delivery succeed in creating another world that you become a part of. This one is worth 2 credits...it's a bargain that they only charge 1!!

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    Carl JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 01-29-12
    Carl JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "keeps your intrest from the start!"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    Usually a book soooo long would take me atleast a month to finish, not this one. Only a week, I even got in trouble because I listened to it at work. I just couldnt put it down. 5 stars!


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    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 01-29-12
    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 01-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved It!"

    So glad audible listed this as a recommended listen. I can't believe this book isn't more well know, it rates up the with the likes of Steven King's older novels.

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    leighda 01-28-12
    leighda 01-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "Entertaining and insightful, almost a fairy tale"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It has many things that interest me from world war to the power of love. It is long but worth it.. Swan, our main character is like a princess in a fairy tale in many ways. But the others in the book is where most of the action and love comes from. Doomsday believers will get something from it as well. Not much about how to survive but about what it could be like.
    I enjoyed it very much. I think any reader Like me. "I enjoy many types of books and ideas," will enjoy it also.

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    Laurie G. Merkel 01-27-12 Member Since 2006

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    "At last"
    Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

    It is difficult form me to find a book that is both an adult


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    Rick 01-27-12
    Rick 01-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An Enjoyable Post-Nuclear War Novel"

    Enjoyed this spin on the post-nuclear war story with a little of the supernatural thrown in. It kept my interest throughout and I thought the narrator was excellent. Hard to believe it was written so long ago.

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    Chris 01-23-12
    Chris 01-23-12

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    "Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting book


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

    Never listened to him before but he was great. I will look for other books that he does. He is such a wonderful performer! Thank you!


    Who was the most memorable character of Swan Song and why?

    Swan


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    Debra Hillsboro, OR, United States 01-16-12
    Debra Hillsboro, OR, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Apocalypse Novel and and narration is GREAT"
    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    If simple but complex, real but fantasy, new idea and old ideas mixed up in a really great end of the world scenario is what you seek, you have found your book.


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

    When Sister remembered who she was


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    All of his voices, which gives a performance that is distinctive in every way for every character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when it was over - I felt like I lost my new friends.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell me where to find more like this one and I will buy it today.

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    Katiebean United States 01-02-12
    Katiebean United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "stopped halfway, tired of the sturm und drang"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better, more sympathetic characters. A few breaks in the torture. It was really hard to care about any of them. They never moved beyond archetypes.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    It was more of a horror novel and less science fiction.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    The character voices were well played. It was unfortunate that he didn't have more to do than growl,sneer or moan.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I hadn't wasted the credit. If you're looking for a better crafted novel of horror and apocalypse, The Stand is a much better choice.

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    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 01-02-12
    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "A Wild Ride From Start to Finish"

    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!

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