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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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    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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Robyn Hobart, Australia 01-01-12
    Robyn Hobart, Australia 01-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Swan Song is a soaring eagle of a story"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    I liked the narration. Tom Stechschulte gave the characters a realness, especially the bad guys.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was as good as any Stephen King I have read.

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    Shannon SAFFORD, ARIZONA, United States 12-31-11
    Shannon SAFFORD, ARIZONA, United States 12-31-11
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    "The apocalypse has come, but its not over yet!"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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