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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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    Christopher Hillsboro, OR, United States 04-10-14
    Christopher Hillsboro, OR, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Someone has to point out this books weaknesses."
    What disappointed you about Swan Song?

    Where to start? I think it would be easier to say what is good about this book. If you liked The Stand, despite all it's wordiness and boring characters (I did), then you will probably enjoy Swan Song. It has a few unique ideas but I began to suspect, about five hours in, that I could tell where this story was going.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    1) There was ultimately no price paid by humanity for destroying the Earth. Nuclear winter was over in 7 years? Everyone good got a new face? Complete tripe.
    2) The crown was introduced as protection for Swan and then never used. Did the author forget about it?
    3) Everyone is backwards. Like the world had reverted to the Dark Ages in just seven years. Someone smart must have survived.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator did not help raise the seemingly low IQ of the characters. He performed them all as sniveling dullards.


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

    Every other sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    For what it's worth, I did listen to the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 12-23-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A must for lovers of PA"

    Along the lines of Steven King’s “The Stand”, “Swan Song” is a well written and engaging post-apocalyptic book with a bit of the supernatural mixed in. The book starts with a background of what’s leading up to the 17th of July, then follows three groups of people on their journeys through the country after a nuclear exchange.
    The book does a good job of mixing action and plot development to keep the reader engaged all while painting a vividly stark picture of the new land that people must endure. This is a must read for the PA lover.

    The performance was 5 star, but there are times where you can here the narrator breath or lick his lips. Which doesn't ruin the story, but it's noticeable something I haven't found on other Audible books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margo New Mexico 11-14-13
    Margo New Mexico 11-14-13 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Probably Could be Shorter"

    This book bogged down in several areas, yet the characters were interesting enough to power through the repetitive parts. Pretty much your basic good vs evil plot with plenty of action throughout. Worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer littleton, CO, United States 10-19-13
    Jennifer littleton, CO, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Only the best book ever!"
    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening gave me more insight to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book at least once a year but this time I decided to listen to it. I loved listening to the book that I have read so many times, it gave me a new understanding of some of the characters. Thus book is a must.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 08-25-13
    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 08-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "the darkest of post-apocalyptic fiction!"

    A book that starts with the line “Once upon a time, we had a love affair with fire” is clearly a winner worth pursuing. Swan Song is not for the faint of heart (is any apocalyptic listening?), as McCammon lays down a harsh and brutal future, exploring a loss of humanity among people. Listening to this book is like being dropped into a nightmare, and I mean that in the best way possible. Add to the epicness narrator Tom Stechschulte – he reads this book like he’s really mad about it, and it is the perfect tone to take. The Unabridged audio of Swan Song clocks in at almost 35 hours – a true apocalypse takes a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-10-13
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow. What a ride."

    For a 32 hour book to keep me riveted and anxious to get back in the car each morning is by definition a 5 star +. And I got this on sale. Wow. Looking forward to trying more titles by this author. The narrator was top rate, a must for this type of book. If you like Stephen King books, you will like this one. This is not my favorite genre, but any book written this well is a 5 star no matter what genre. Highest recommendation.

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    bebe South Carolina 02-23-13
    bebe South Carolina 02-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book"

    I really enjoyed Swan Song. It reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King, which is one of my all time favorites. However, Swan Song has its own personality. I really cared about the characters and what happened to them. This is a long book, but it holds your interest throughout and is hard to stop listening to. The suspense is thrilling!

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 02-04-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "A must read!!get this book today!!"

    I don't know where to start,this is one of the top 10 books I've read so far!!
    If you like the end of the world type books this is right up their with One Second After.
    From start to finish action,with three stories all intertwined and meet the end of the
    road together!!!You have demons,Mad Armies,crazy people,good people that wants
    the country the way it was before the nuke!! But the only thing that they have is Hope!!
    And that is SWAN, a little girl with a kind hart and the green touch! I had this book in my
    library for four months and what a great surprise!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Olson Denver, Colorado 12-01-12
    Nancy Olson Denver, Colorado 12-01-12
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    "I read this book 3 times before listening to it"

    It is one of my all time favorites. The characters are all very 3 dimensional and you care about them. You hate the villians and love the good guys. This is a post apocalyptic book about what happens after a nuclear strike and reprisal. One of the main characters, Swan, transforms from a girl to a young lady in the book and her protector, a washed up wrestler, is fierce about protecting her. The villians, a psychotic young man who thinks he is in a King’sKnight game protects the King, a washed up former Army Captain. While the story is long it does not drag and will remain one of my favorites. I will read it many more times after this too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Epic"

    This is one is like The Stand meets On the Beach. McCammon has a new fan, I'm amazed it took me this long to find this author. Since I have exhausted King I was looking for something that took me on a journey, Swan Song did just that. The book is lengthy but it never dragged for me, McCammon's writing and Stechschulte's narration was a great combo which has left me looking for more from both. The end of the world as it was known came from every enemy state nuking each other; the story starts there and what follows is an epic battle of good and evil.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Karen
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    3/18/14
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    "forgotten goodie"

    read this years ago, and had a credit spare so treated myself. a bit different from Stephen Kings THE STAND but I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading it

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  • Nadine Sutton
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    2/18/14
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    "Awesome - if you like The Stand, try this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Unknown - have not read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love an in depth epic. Being a huge fan of The Stand on audio, this followed suit and has become a favourite.


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  • Lee
    IPSWICH, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "One of the best audio books I have heard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely especially for a long journey. This is a great story unwinds and twists and turns so that the final solution cannot be guessed. I really enjoyed this book even though the subject matter is somewhat dark. The characters were well-defined and different enough that you could follow them. I was kept guessing how they would all be put together throughout the story. The background to the story and the different environments were well described so that you felt you were actually in each different town or scenario. Although the subject matter is sometimes troubling it was never so horrific that you could not listen. I felt that it was accurate description of what the world after nuclear holocaust would be. Cold, troubled, definitely scary and challenging. Recommended very highly!


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

    This book is singularly different different but the closest I could find to compare it with is 2016.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not will fully intend to.


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

    The final battle for life as we know it was heartwarming and totally not foreseeable within the writing. I really thought that the end was nigh but the author Paul something out this hat at the last moment. Tears streaming and surprised.


    Any additional comments?

    I came across this book by accident not having heard of the author but will definitely be searching for other books by the same author. The narrator was also very good he had a cast of players that he was able to give different voices to and this enabled me to follow the story much more easily it also gave a good sense of being involved with the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PAUL BRIERTON
    WALLASEY, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Great Listen"
    Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With out doubt my favorite of all the books i have listen to on this site :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Tallow, Ireland
    1/12/14
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    "Excellent story"
    What did you like most about Swan Song?

    This is like Stephen kings The Stand and Colm McCarthys The Road in one book with a twist.


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

    There are lots of memorable moments in Swan Song, but none that stand out in particular.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job, especially with sister who seemed so real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Fantastic"

    Now this is a story. I loved this one.
    No spoiler to say that this is a post apocalyptic tale, the transition from normal everyday life to the resulting wasteland is horrific and terrifying. The emerging characters have depth and the power to grip you through an epic of a story that takes a cross the burned out wasteland that is now their home.
    You get to follow a number of individuals changed forever, some for good, some for oh so bag and you just know as the story progresses that the point is coming when they will all meet. I found that as this story unfolded, I was not just listening to it, I had invested in it.

    This is all massively supported by Tom Stechschulte's superb narration, Stechschulte identifies each individual character and breathes life into them. .

    It is going to be a hard act to follow. Well worth the credit/cash

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    12/10/13
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    "Flat characters and dull plot"
    What disappointed you about Swan Song?

    The characters were one-dimensional and the main aspects of the story were delivered in a clumsy way.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert McCammon again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Stechschulte’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Swan Song?

    Colonel Macklin and Roland Croninger


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Loved it"

    I wasn't sure about this to begin with but the more I listened to it the more I got into it. I then couldn't stop listening. I felt I was being transported to a world that almost ended and felt that this is how it would be. I thought the writing was brilliant. I loved Swan. I just wanted the book to go on and never finish.

    I really enjoyed listening to Tom Stechschulte so much that I've had a look at other books he's narrated and might possibly buy a book just so I can listen to him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    England
    11/12/13
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    "Excellent"

    There are a lot of reviews here and they all cover what I wanted to say so I'll just sum up.

    I loved it from start to finish. The characters are all, main and incidental, so real and rounded. The challenges, and settings for them, are well thought out and exciting.

    Lastly, the narration was brilliant and each character was recognisable.

    To echo another reader, I'll miss the gang, Sister, Josh and Swan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    10/30/13
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    "A beautiful tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A fantastic and brilliantly realized post apocalyptic world, filled with characters that you care about, and your heart pounds when they are in danger.


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

    There are many, over the course of the book you grow to think of them as friends and care about them. There are several moments when they are fighting for their lives that you really get drawn in and are truly afraid for them. One moment in particular was Josh's battle with 'The Devil'.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The aforementioned battle with the Devil, also the AOE invading the settlement to capture Swan.


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

    It made me cry on several occasions. And laugh on a few as well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the Stand, The Passage or other books set in post apocalyptic worlds, you will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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