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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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    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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    Laura Appleton, WI, United States 01-08-12
    Laura Appleton, WI, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good end of world story"

    "The Stand" is one of my all time favorites, and I also enjoyed "Under the Dome," and "One Second After." With these end of society type scenario stories good character development is an important factor for me -- and at least a few sufficiently likeable protagonists. McCammon accomplished this, pening some heroic characters one cannot help rooting for in the way of Swan, Sister and Josh. This rolls out as a pretty straight forward good verses evil end of days story as opposed to the real world of grays one might be more likely to expect in this scenario, but nonetheless it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone looking for this type of theme. Not as realistic a tale of events as "One Second After," but more comparable in storyline to "The Stand."

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    Allan mesa, az, United States 01-06-12
    Allan mesa, az, United States 01-06-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Good story even with the gaps."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The story was intriguing and well written, but felt like there was something left out in the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh, although I feel he could have played alittle stronger character in the ending.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was well read, but the narrator got abit monotonal at times.


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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-04-12
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW!!!"

    So realistic, this could really happen even today. Though it seems to be set during the Cold War, it could still happen today with even more players. Some mysticism, more realism. Really pulls the reader into the story.

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    Barb McDougall 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    This book is up there with some of the best books I have read or listened to. If I wasn't listening to the book I was thinking about it. I downloaded this book because of the reviews that listeners gave it and I was not dissappointed. I would highly recommend this book. I was sad when the journey ended and it was over.

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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 12-22-11
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Does not live up to its potential"


    Book started out like a 5 star book; however, by the time I ended the book, I was fatigued with its slowness and some what repetition. What really made me give this book 3 star is the ending which did not explained ( to my satisfaction) two major story points. Narrator did a great job which allowed me to complete the book. This book could have been great, but ended up being an average book.

    It is a story about people who survived a nuclear war. The book describes the horror of nuclear war, and how the life would be during the nuclear winter. The description of desolation after the war is quiet vivid as well as what people would have to do to survive. Book also discusses the type of chaos that could take place when there is no law and order. Book discusses evil both supernatural and human driven. It is interesting what humans can do when they are desperate. As I mentioned, book could have been great, but lack of explanation of couple of story points really left me bitter about the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ajakes19 12-20-11
    ajakes19 12-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "good story but narrator gets annoying"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story but it was difficult to continue listening because when the women would talk it sounded like they were whining.

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    Gail diraz, Bahrain 12-17-11
    Gail diraz, Bahrain 12-17-11
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    "Missing chapters"
    What would have made Swan Song better?

    Being able to download all the book?


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

    Having to skip between the nuclear attack and sometime in the future aftermath because of missing chapters!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Song?

    None, I would have made sure all the original chapters were included


    Any additional comments?

    Enough said, though if I was somehow able to download all the book I would be grateful!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-17-11
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story and a great narrator"

    I have listened to a lot of audio books and Swan Song is my new fave. Tom Stechschulte is the best narrator I've heard and he he makes a great book even better. Even though its 33 hrs long, it flew by.

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    Reginald McCall 12-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A little over the top but a pleasent read."

    As a devoted Fantasy listener, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. At first I thought it was going to be one of your typical Doomsday scenarios but was delighted at the author's imaginative touch on the storyline. I did feel that some of the touches were a little over the top but all in all, a delightful story. I look forward to reading more from Robert McCammon.

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