"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 read this book a long time ago, it's has stuck with me all this time. It is, to me, a very riveting story. Good work Mr. McCammon
Several, but this is by far the best
"Swan Song" is the nuclear war version of "The Stand" -- a novel that pits the forces of good versus evil across the ruined landscape of a nuclear war devastated America. I've been waiting for the audiobook version for ten years and I joined Audible once I found out that it had been made. Needless to say, Stechschulte's performance of the source material is spot-on. I didn't think he could beat his reading of "The Road" until I heard this.
The narrator did a great job managing and maintaining consistency among the many and varied characters and personalities in the story. The writing itself seems to work very well in a read-aloud format. This was also my first experience with the whisper-sync for voice between the audio book and Kindle version. It has been a great way to enjoy the book in both formats. Since I began by listening to the first 2 chapters, I've 'heard' the narrative in my head in Tom Stechschulte's tone and voice as I've continued on the Kindle. It is actually sort of interesting. I will surely make use of this feature again.
I have really enjoyed this story that I stumbled across on a Kindle daily deal in book format coupled with the Audible version. It was a whim purchase and it has really been a compelling, engaging story. It has echoes of "Canticle for Leibowitz" and a bit of "Oryx and Crake" or the "Year of the flood" as well. I love a good apocalyptic story, and this one really engages with compelling, interesting and layered characters. (I guess that is one of the benefits of 800+ pages of writing.)
It is a story that has remained interesting and evolves at a pace that keeps your interest but also takes the time to develop subtle details as well. The writer creates an immersive sense of scene, place, and ambience without over-describing so that you have the benefit of painting the imagery yourself and anchoring it strongly in your mind. It becomes a very tangible (although bleak and fairly unpleasant) environment that - over the course of the story - becomes quite haunting.
His pacing, in general, seems to really work for me. He interleaves the stories of the various characters well, so that you are engaged with each long enough to develop an empathy for, and insight into, each of them. He does a nice job teasing you with the edges of melodrama, but refusing to allow you to judge any character in pure black or white simplicity.
(To be honest, I'm about 70% through with the book and it may all go to crap in the end and be wrapped up horribly or something like that, but to this point, I'm really enjoying it.)
This book keeps you spellbound. Very violent, very beautiful and really gives you a great idea of how things could be a must read
This has to be in the top 5 of audio books that I have listened to recently. The performance give chilling affect to sharp writing. This book and its audio are well worth the purchase. I strongly recommend it!!
Sister Creep caught in the tunnels of New York when the blast hits.
The cadence of his voice as he narrates draws the listener into this damaged world. Then with great skill he differentiates between characters, both male and female, so easily and smoothly, that they come to life in your head...even while driving a dark highway between Texas and Missouri!!
Sister Creep. Both sympathetic and repulsive at the same time, her character has purpose that ties the book together.
If I sat down and read this book, it would be a waste of time. Listening to it while doing another activity, it is engaging. I think it would be a better book if it were edited. And like many books today, they cannot make the bad people bad enough. The mantra of evil is tiresome. The outcome is fairly obvious from the beginning. Some good character developments. Some ridiculous situations. Overall OK book. Keeps one's attention while driving or gardening. Another book that feels written in the hope of being picked up by a studio and turned into an action movie.
I enjoyed the main character. A feisty street woman that finds a mission and need in her life.
I liked the characters developed as the "good people". The bad people are the same as so many evil, bad characters. Never a bit evil. Just downright horrible.
An excellent writer, wonderful reader.
I love this story. I read it years ago when it was new, and was excited to find it on Audible! Thank you.
This book was just too depressing and slow developing. I don't mind developing the plot, but I feel like it was just wasting my life.
The story was excellent. I kept wanting to hear what happened next.
I think I liked Sister the most. I wanted to know more of the glass ring & I like her "no crap even though I'm just a small woman" attitude. She is such a survivor.
He takes the time & effort to give each character a different voice. Some people's reading is so flat, emotionless and dull! The story can be really good but it takes away from it so much. He did a great job.
Interesting story and kept my attention.
Tom Stechschulte has the ability to quickly take on the voice of the different characters bringing the story to life. He made me feel as if I was there.
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