"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 don't review many books. I have to say this book was amazing! The narrator was great! His voices were spot on and never missed a mark. I normally only listen to books on my commute to work. I drive about an hour each way to work so I get around 10-12 hours a week to listen. This book had me listening on my off time...which is not common.
After listening to this book I actually started appreciating more of the small stuff we take for granted every day like clean drinking water, and electricity. I wished there was a movie made about this book... I found myself watching movies like "Book of Eli" and "The Road" just to add to my mental depiction of the settings in the book. I imagined Swan looking like that actress from "Hanah" for some reason.
Yes I did get choked up at some moments of the book, I don't want to mention them as I don't want to spoil the story but I will admit I did almost shed a tear.
This was one of those rare books that you want to listen to while getting dressed in the morning, hurry home from work to listen to in the evening and fall asleep listening to at night. Complete escapism. I really enjoyed it.
In 1986 ; this author had a revalation of a story line that wouldn't ever seem trite or dated. If you like hear about the forces of good and evil and the degrees of separation between the two to fight it out. If you're hopeless optimist who no matter how bad it gets you'll find the one glimmer light in a sea of darkness; you will love this book.
The charActers were unpredictable; the Heros unlikely; and the evil; vile. A perfect analog for mankinds view of what evil and good should be. If you don't find yourself experiencing the hope, fear, and longing while listening to this; you aren't breathing.
Despite his limited ability for voice intonation ; he more makes up for it by giving each person in the book a careful emotional dimension that is so real it leaves no doubt that these people are real.
Sister ; cause she'd be a lot of fun for conversation.
This book ranks around the top 5.
The battle in the ice field.
Ha-Ha! No way, this audiobook is 34 hours long.
A great listen. :)
With all of the hype, I thought it would have been better! Really long, really strange and really boring. Started out alright and then went down hill from there. Also a ridiculous amount of foul language where it just wasn't called for.
It took me away.
Tom Stechschulte made this book an excellent listen! Every last min. from start to finish.
I did not read the print version, but I found myself thinking that I might have enjoyed it more due to the narrator's less-than-ideal performance on several characters.
I was reminded of a Stephen King novel. The plot was not reminiscent of any particular one, but the style and character development in particular seemed very like him.
Yes, but the narrator interprets more than a couple of the characters in a way that makes them sound mentally deficient, which was out-of-sync for me. Also, his black characters sound like redneck hillbillys and his southern characters are voiced as if their IQs are in the single digits. I found those voices distracting.
Overall, it is a good listen, and I did want to keep listening to find out what happened next.
Having just listened to the Stand, this was not the best novel for me to pick, as there were many similarities; end of the world, survival of the remaining, etc. But it was entertaining, and there were clever twists that kept my attention. The naration was done very well.
Less Profanity. It seems like every other word was an expletive. If I were reading print I could skip over it, but listening to it was nasty.
More up to date terminology. For a 2011 copyright, the terminology describing the US Arch enemy was confusing. If the US is contemplating a war with Russia -, Russia and Russians, would be OK, but to have these terms all mixed up with Soviets, Soviet Union, and Ivan was confusing.
Plot development just didn't hold me through the first 4 chapters.
I put it down unable to listen to it any more.
Unsure - I would look for additional reviews in the print media, listen completely to the sample audio.
NO - It wasn't interesting enough to finish.
It wasn't worth my time to listen to it. I regret purchasing it.
What a shame! Clearly this was a contrived and revisionist rip of "The Stand". Ok, both dwell in the post apocalyptic world. "In The Stand" the end of the world was caused by disease, in "Swan Song" nuclear war. In both the main characters where from all around the states. The characters were developed and then they migrate by "divine will" to meet up and join together. The antagonist in both books is "a man with no face". He had morphing features, magical powers and pseudo religious origins. The chief mystic protagonists in both books were women. The main theme of both books revolved around a "Manachean" battle between "light and dark", "good and evil" the main theme of both books. Of course in both the good and light win in the end.
As "The Stand" was written much earlier than "Swan Song" it is clear the McCammon must have read the King novel or perhaps saw the movie. I do not know if he knew what he was doing when he penned "Swan Song" but the similarities were to pervasive not to notice.
One thing I also don't understand is the need for either writer to engage in the supernatural. Isn't the end of the world as we know it enough grist for the mill?
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