"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 haven't read the book but the audiobook was very well articulated and portrayed.
Great concept, Story line and ending was surprising.
The man with the scarlet eye
I don't like ranking books. Each story is in its own ranking. How can you fairly compare it to another book when the stories are not even the same? A narrator can kill a good book and the writing can kill a good narrator. It is more whether I would recommend it to a friend. If I pass the title on to a friend, it is ranked high enough then!
Josh referring to swan as his daughter!
I found Tom Stechschulte to have a pleasing voice to listen too. I have listened to over 100 audio books and Tom ranks in the top 10 narrators I have heard. Again, this is my point of view on what MY ears find pleasing.
This book brought out all kinds of emotions. First, it scared the hell out of me. If this could really happen to our world, which it could what would be the world really be like. YIKES! I laughed many times and felt emotional at others. Tom helped bring the characters personalities to life.
I don't read a book with the intention of doing a review. I am not going to judge the plots, the characters. What makes a good book is if it holds my attention and makes me want to pick it up or in the case of audio books turn it on. If I look forward to the next day’s drive to work because I am excited about seeing where the book is going it is a good book! Enjoy.
I have always loved Robert McCammon, and I loved this in particular. This was very well done, entirely engrossing. The 33 hours FLEW by.
Can we please have MORE?? Stinger? Wolf's Hour???
Even though the book is dated due to the references to Russia you soon forget about that and become totally involved in the unfolding story. At the begining I was reminded of Stephen King's the Stand. That quickly changed. Although it is the same premise the story line and characters unfold much differently. They, both good and bad continue to grow as the saga (and it is a saga) unfolds.. It is very hard to stop listening once you get started. Because it is so long, my suggestion is to wait until you have plenty of time to listen such as on a long road trip or maybe painting a house. :) Seriously Swan Song is so creative and well written that it is very hard to stop listening. I loved the characters especially Sister. CC
I listened to about 2 hours and couldn't take it any more. If you enjoy terror you might enjoy it.
All of them
I downloaded this book because it was recommended by Audible. I enjoyed The Stand and The Road but I don't like this book. What I listened of it was just depressing, not entertaining at all. I don't think I will be able to finish it and I wish I had my credit back.
I listened to the whole thing, but that has more to do with the amount of traveling I've been going lately (several trips back and forth across the Pacific) than the book. I think that this book can't figure out what it is trying to be.
I'd write more, but don't want to waste any more time contemplating this book.
Yes, this story was great - it kept my interest and was creative. Something was always happening, and I enjoyed the plot of the story immensely.
I think the narrator did the best he could with the words he was given. I've heard other pieces he's done, and they are better (from a narration standpoint, IMHO). In my opinion, this book is written in an extremely simple, repetive style. Like this:
this is a very well-written book, and is extremely well-narrated. my only complaint is that every other word is
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