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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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    lance EVERETT, WA, United States 12-29-11
    lance EVERETT, WA, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have been waiting for years for this book to come out in audio form. This is a truly cool post apocalyptic adventure. Mccammon weaves an epic tale that will grab you and hold on until the bitter end. BUY THIS BOOK, ITS A GREAT STORY AND WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF MCCAMMONS STUFF ON AUDIO!!!!!!!!!


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

    The beginning, the middle and the end


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great with the book and you really feel the characters and the emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    BRING US MORE UNABRIDGED MCCAMMON-
    STINGER
    WOLF'S HOUR
    USHER'S PASSING
    MYSTERY WALK
    MINE
    SO MANY MORE

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nioka Costa, WV, United States 12-27-11
    nioka Costa, WV, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Best Book"
    Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

    I have listened to it 3 times. Get more and more out of it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Les Noel 12-23-11
    Les Noel 12-23-11
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    "Great Story ! Must listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

    Wow! What an awesome story! Gripping, gritty, and engaging. Wonderful narration. Really got a feel for the characters. Long, but you don't really want it to stop...so that's a good thing :)


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

    What a certain somebody got their hand caught and other somebody had to get it


    Which character ??? as performed by Tom Stechschulte ??? was your favorite?

    Has to be Sister


    Any additional comments?

    Why has this book not been made into a movie(s)!!!!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Lake Charles, LA, United States 12-20-11
    Liz Lake Charles, LA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2000
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    "As good as "The Stand"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books. Great to see Audible produce it. Extremely well done. If you like Post-Apocalyptic fiction, this is one of the best!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kerie keizer, or, United States 12-18-11
    kerie keizer, or, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Roller Coaster Ride"
    Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again. This book is very intense and gripping. It will make you think about the future and how life is so precious. I really enjoyed it!


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    None.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's too many. It's full of life and imagery.


    If you could rename Swan Song, what would you call it?

    No. I respect the author's choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for being so creative and full of magic!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon North Richland Hills, TX, United States 12-15-11
    Brandon North Richland Hills, TX, United States 12-15-11
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    "Amazing Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but the audiobook was very well articulated and portrayed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great concept, Story line and ending was surprising.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    The man with the scarlet eye


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Gales Ferry, CT, United States 12-15-11
    Jim Gales Ferry, CT, United States 12-15-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Was it entertaining, did it keep my attention?"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


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

    Josh referring to swan as his daughter!


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blanche St. Louis, MO, United States 12-15-11
    Blanche St. Louis, MO, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2003
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    "More please!"
    Any additional comments?

    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???

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Alexandria, LA, United States 12-13-11
    Cindy Alexandria, LA, United States 12-13-11
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    "Addictive Imaginative"

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Dossey Texas 02-22-12
    Mary Dossey Texas 02-22-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Hated it - pathetic people living pathetic lives"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listened to about 2 hours and couldn't take it any more. If you enjoy terror you might enjoy it.


    Has Swan Song turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Swan


    What character would you cut from Swan Song?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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