"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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Chapter after chapter of interesting character development.
It is amazing that Tom Stecshulte was able to perform so many different characters and personalities. Most of them will remain with me for some time.
While this book is no "tear jerker" , it is so well done that I cried at one point, laughed at others, felt joy, and fear.
This is the highest rating that I have ever given and Audible book.
rocked out on this one
unfolded like a movie...it was a full on experience. great story cool imagery fascinating colorful characters...you could smell them...lol
absolutely loved this book from start to finish, the characters were all believable.
Robert McCammon is a wonderful author and I highly recommend this audiook.
Tom Stechschulte was really easy to listen to and kept the listener rivited - will be keeping an eye out for other audio books narrated by him.
Swan Song was and interesting "post-apocalyptic" story as I have not read one before and have avoided them in the past ... I got a bit confused with the whole "Friend" character and I thought it was overly long. I agree with another reviewer that the story is not too dated given it was written in 1987.
Still I persisted and found it enjoyable but the problem for me is that I am 3 out 4 into the Mathew Corbett series which I think are just "Ripping Yarns" and absolutely adore them.
So this earlier work I found dragged a little.
I enjoyed the linking of the 3 sometime 4 separate adventures of the different characters and thought the narration was well done. I think Robert McCammon's characters are always very interesting.
I dont have a clue
poorly written characters
No narrator could improve this book
Stay away, far away, from this book
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the post apocalyptic genre and the classic God vs Satan or Good vs Evil.
My favorite character was Sister because I felt I could relate with her most. She had grit and a drive that gave her the ability to keep moving forward no matter the odds. Her past was a mystery and how she became the way she is wasn't completely known, even at the end.
The narrator is amazing! He brings the characters to life and makes each of them distinct.
There were so many memorable characters. Freddy Kempka, Lord Alvin, Roland Croninger....these were some of the most memorable because they were so demented, powerful, and interesting.
It started off rather slow and just odd, but after getting past Part I, it really started to get good and I just couldn't stop listening.
Robert McCammon set out to write a post-nuclear earth epic and he has done that. The story could probably have been a little shorter without losing any of the drama; but that is a piddling little complaint. (And it may be that some sections seemed overly long simply because I listened for hours and hours and needed to sleep but I couldn't stop listening.) His mix of real world with magical/miracle elements is done gracefully so that neither one overpowers, making it easy to accept both as "true".
As narrator, Tom Stechschulte makes each character distinct without falling into the trite "squeaky woman voice" for the female characters. Each character not only has a unique voice, but a unique speech pattern that makes it come alive. There is never any confusion about who is talking. His narration reading is crisp and expressive. If you're going to listen to someone for 32+ hours, that someone better be good and Mr. Stechschulte is excellent.
If Dean Koontz had written The Stand, it might have come out a bit like this. There was a supernatural element that was not mentioned in the description. Happily I happen to like that sort of thing. Others may be put off by the wandering demon and magic ring stuff. There was a lot of swooping in at the last minute to save the day, and it was occasionally silly, but I liked it well enough.I had never heard of this writer before, I might try another of his books. I have to say though He uses analogies way too often, and they are often strained. ''the bullets flew like flies at a garbage man convention'' Well whatever it was interesting enough to make minor annoyances like that bearable. So my reviw comes to the end of the road, where there stands a stop sign, a bloody crimson red, as the setting sun after a storm.
No too long and repetative
The apple tree
Just did not like presentation
This book was interesting but could have been better in half the time. Much too much of the same situations over and over again. Very difficult to finish because of the length of the audiobook.
I'm a Big fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I don't have a long history with reading books but most of what i find is enjoyable. My favorite series i have ever come across is Dresden Files.
First looking at this book i was interested in reading an old classic that was based on nuclear aftermath. The book really isn't that aged as some say it feels like it could of been written very recently. The story is based around a few main characters initial surviving in the hellish aftermath of nuclear war. These characters are molded by their situations and decisions in the fierce fight for survival. There is a prominent element of "magic" throughout the book that is surreal and enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book a lot mainly because there was so much depression and sadness when something hopeful or good happened it shined like a bright light in the darkness. It filled me with pride and joy for the characters and humanity in general. It's something I've never really experienced with any other story.
I have always loved humanities willingness to survive and endure. This book expresses it so well.
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