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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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    ajakes19 12-20-11
    ajakes19 12-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "good story but narrator gets annoying"
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    I enjoyed this story but it was difficult to continue listening because when the women would talk it sounded like they were whining.

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    Gail diraz, Bahrain 12-17-11
    Gail diraz, Bahrain 12-17-11
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    What would have made Swan Song better?

    Being able to download all the book?


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

    Having to skip between the nuclear attack and sometime in the future aftermath because of missing chapters!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Song?

    None, I would have made sure all the original chapters were included


    Any additional comments?

    Enough said, though if I was somehow able to download all the book I would be grateful!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-17-11
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story and a great narrator"

    I have listened to a lot of audio books and Swan Song is my new fave. Tom Stechschulte is the best narrator I've heard and he he makes a great book even better. Even though its 33 hrs long, it flew by.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reginald McCall 12-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A little over the top but a pleasent read."

    As a devoted Fantasy listener, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. At first I thought it was going to be one of your typical Doomsday scenarios but was delighted at the author's imaginative touch on the storyline. I did feel that some of the touches were a little over the top but all in all, a delightful story. I look forward to reading more from Robert McCammon.

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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

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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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