"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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Written during the height of the nuclear war fears in America this book still stands today as one of if not the best post apocalyptic tales.
Weaves both horror and beauty into the tale with equal strength, this is a book that will have you thinking make you cheer and may see a tear or two as well
An American classic this book sits along with Lord of The Rings, Magician and The Stand as 'must' reads for any fans of fantasy though it must be said it also sits comfortably with other Classics more 'realistic' in settings such as I am The Cheese or even Catcher in the Rye.(though Swan Song is far wider in scope and alot longer than either of these short novels)
McCammon Is perhaps the most underrated of the great American authors, this epic as well as Boy's Life both have the magic and memorable moments that will have you re-reading them again and again.
I am only writing this review because here it is, January 2013, and I was scrolling through my Audible Library, and saw that I had not "starred" this book. I read it over the summer, and now, almost 5 months later, I still remember specific characters and scenes. It also brings back memories of long walks around Stanley Park, where I did most of my listening.
Quite a powerful story. You won't be disappointed.
Yes, the story keeps you enthralled and the narrator does not just drone on as some do.
Sister - all she had to do was detox and she became a strong leader.
I have gone through two unabridged paperbacks of the Swan Song and have always enjoyed rereading it. Now I get to listen to it while I do other things in the house or on the road. My husband normally does not like this kind of story (he's never read the book either), but he asks me to turn it on in the evenings. Much more entertaining than watching television.
This was another book that was hard to stop listening to. It reminded of novels written by Stephen King. So if you enjoy King's long books, you'll love this one. It's not your typical American apocalyptic story like some out there, it has a mild sci-fi twist to it that weighs good vs.evil throughout.
The characters were stong, and I felt like I was right there with them. When bored with the rest I'd definetly give this one a second listen. It was a credit well spent.
I loved this book when I was a younger man, and just recently found it again. I loved the story then and still do.
The drama of the two forces meeting...
Ads more indepth character to the people in the book
I did not read the print version.
Mixing a bit of fantasy with real-life possibilities. The events are realistic and scary. The good characters kreep into your heart as you follow them on their journeys from despair through perseverance and to glory.
After a nuclear holocaust, who would win the final battle for the human soul - good or evil?
At first I was not convinced that mixing fantasy with a nuclear holocaust novel is a good idea, but it worked out well in the end.
The planting of the corn seeds.
I have not.
Older Swan. Read the book and the Why should be obvious!
Yes, it's just that kind of book.
It's really hard to pin it down to one moment because there r so many. When Swan got her face for one comes to mind.
First one ,but will listen to more.
The lady they call sister because she seems to b quite a character , and would have great stories to tell.
The comment that got me to read this book said if u liked Stephen kings the stand u would enjoy this one. They r very right couldn't wait to listen to this book. Really enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed the Matthew Corbett series, so I was expecting something as good...NO.
This is a dark copy cat imimtation of The Stand. Full of poorly drawn characters that don't convince. Only Steven King can convince you to believe the unbelievable.
He should stick to history.
It would have been easier to listen to if it was narrated by someone else!
I struggled to the end of a marathon in which I gave up the chase.. I don't think I was listening at all. Even the narrator lost interest and was thinking about something else.
I did finish it, to the very end...but I'm sure I wasted my time.
This book just reminded me as to why I like long audiobooks. The story remained interesting throughout all 30ish hours. The narrator outdid himself, especially when it came to all the different characters.This is something I wouldn't mind hearing again.
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