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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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    Petra Potgietersrus, South Africa 02-17-12
    Petra Potgietersrus, South Africa 02-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Once started, I just couldn't stop listening. The description of everything, ie. the characters, the scenery etc is so vivid. The best bit was that the book is 36 hours long. I enjoyed every minute of it.


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

    There are very many memorable moments in this book.


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made the characters come alive, reading their lines with feeling and conviction. Tom is an awesome narrator. I'll definitely look out for other books where he narrates. There is just something in his voice......


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

    Oh no, just one? Probably Sista. I am curios to know more of her past, before she lost her child.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was written in the 80's, but you don't notice that at all. I never ever, not even once, thought that this story could not have happened in 2011 or so. This book is a bargain for just 1 credit. Thank's Audible!!!!

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    Greg West Hartford, CT, United States 02-13-12
    Greg West Hartford, CT, United States 02-13-12
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    "Listen to this if you liked "The Stand""

    This book has a lot in common with Stephen King's "The Stand," as an apocalyptic event leaves a 1980's-era America in shambles, and a few survivors are left to square off in a good-vs-evil battle.

    A few of the plot twists are predictable. As is common in long books, this one has a few slow sections. But overall, the pacing was good. It's a well-told story, with compelling characters, and excellent narration.

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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 02-11-12
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Dark, Dated, and Judeo-Christian biased"



    I won't repeat the details of the review by Daniel of Tallahassee, FL. I think he is right on the money, but I'll add a a few additional comments.

    I though this was unrealistic in its description of the post-apocalyptic world. All food fuel simply won't be gone from all locations overnight. I felt that the darkness was extreme. Even a post-nuclear war world would have some light moments in places before things start to turn around. I almost got so tired of it that I didn't finish the book. The ending was expected and disappointing. I like to see resolution of the major parts of the storyline. Robert McCammon didn't do that for me on this one.

    One a positive note, I though Tom Stechschulte's reading and voicing was excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Costello 02-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "How'd I miss this book?"

    I was a little put off when I started listening to this book and found it was built on a premise of a war between Russia and the U.S. and written in the 1980's, but once I got past that, I couldn't put it down. I don't know how I never heard of this book being a fan of this genre but it has become one of my favorites of all time. Amazing characters, a great story, incredible reader, and a classic good vs. evil. I didn't want this one to end.

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    Anita Acton, ON, Canada 01-31-12
    Anita Acton, ON, Canada 01-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this book!"

    I would definitely recommend this book, I love the whole concept & the way it is written. I "read" this book 2-3 times before the audio version came out. So far I've only listened to it once, but I haven't owned it for that long!

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    Theresa 01-12-12
    Theresa 01-12-12 Member Since 2010

    I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.

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    "It could happen"

    It has taken me a bit of time to write a review. There were times I could not stand this book and the next moment I was back to feeling the story. This is a book you feel in your heart. How can these things happen, how do people live, then you think there is not an option.
    A heart felt story written in a time were/when it could happen. Making this very scary.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    wes LANDING, NJ, United States 01-12-12
    wes LANDING, NJ, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Husband, father of two, IT support for large generic Pharma company, I am a gamer, and a Fantasy, SciFi lover.

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    "WOW!!!!!!"

    I was hooked from the first 10 minutes of this book. What a ride! This is the first book to ever give me nightmares. I do not mean spooky monster nightmares.

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    Kathy 01-10-12
    Kathy 01-10-12
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    "My New Favorite Book!"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    plot twists and just a touch of sci fi


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I especially liked his protrayal of Josh, one of the primary male characters.


    If you could rename Swan Song, what would you call it?

    I like the title.


    Any additional comments?

    just WOW!

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    Stacey salem, OR, United States 01-10-12
    Stacey salem, OR, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "So amazing I had trouble breathing at times !"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    From start to finish, this was a white knuckle drive. I have never written a review before
    but felt that I had to with this one. I have listened to thousands of hours of audio books and by far this one was the best.


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    Cindilu 01-08-12
    Cindilu 01-08-12

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    "Brilliant!!!!"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best I've listened to. Not only is the book outstanding, but Tom Stechschulte's narration is riveting.


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    This post-apocalyptic journey is breathtaking and ranks right up there with The Road. I loved the book when I first read it years ago, and I loved the audiobook even more. The narration is just perfect!


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

    This was my introduction to Tom Stechschulte, but I will be listening to other books simply because he narrates them.


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

    Sister was a fascinating character. Not only do we come to understand how she ended up as the bag lady we meet in the beginning of the book, but we are given the chance to participate in her redemption.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!!! Would like to see

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