"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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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.
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.
The narrator did not help raise the seemingly low IQ of the characters. He performed them all as sniveling dullards.
Every other sentence.
For what it's worth, I did listen to the whole book.
Tedious, plodding, yuckiness with characters you cant enjoy
Let me save you the bother of wasting a buck. skip this one.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
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.
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.
Listening gave me more insight to the characters.
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.
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.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
I would add more good things into the book (more hope). It felt like every thing was bad for 22 hours. I even stopped listen for a bit, fearing I needed to take a antidepressant. (jk)
The end was very predictable. Not complaining at all, because its what you want to happen.
He was pretty good. I did hear some inconsistency of voice in one of the characters. But it was fine practically unnoticed.
Yea, Next book...."Epic fantasy."
I have 6 reviewers I follow. Each one has a certain task. 3 of them reviewed this book. My zombie/apocalyptic lady reviewer loved this book. The guy who gives 5 stars to everything then writes how he doesn't like it all that much. (he reads lots of fantasy) And my must trusted literary reviewer who I pretty much agreed with. (he gave the book 2 stars. I say 3 is a fair review.)
On a Sunday, I ride my motorcycle to Maracas Bay Beach while listen. When I get there up goes the hammock, and I then listen to my audiobook
It might have been better if it didn't take so long. But not a bad story. Would make a great movie
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.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
I loved how the story was always moving forward fast. No lulls.
He had fantastic voices and emotions, however, I did listen to it at 1.5 speed. I tried to listen at regular speed but his reading was too slow for my liking. It did not sound too funny at the faster speed.
There were quite a few; When brave Glory helped them when no one else would. When Killer, the small terrier, attacked people and animals that were far out of his league. He had the heart of a lion. Throughout most of the book, Mule, the horse, always took care of Swan.
Even though armageddon type books are not at all my taste, this book pulled me right in from the very beginning. I was so pleasantly surprised by this wonderful story, it really moved along fabulously and stayed interesting. There were many rich characters that were woven together beautifully throuout the story. I had a hard time putting it down. The only reason I purchased this book was because of all the great reviews. Thank you Audiblians for a great read.
"The Stand, want-a-be"
The story although long could easily have been longer which may have held it together, instead the writer decided to just skip 7 years. For the most part well written, but it leans heavily on The Stand. The ending seemed rushed, as if the author tired of his own story.
"Outstanding, moving story"
This is shy of a masterpiece that I gladly wasted many hours listening to.
What started out as a senario from some kind of corney eighties pulp novel, all be it, well crafted, heightens to an intricate unfolding plot and an eternal struggle between good and evil. The characters are real and the landscapes panoramic, painted with painstaking detail.
My only misgivings are that the quality of the plot seems to diminish and become too unrealistic, splintering the continuity, around the last few chapters and the ending feels rushed.
Still, Swan Song is definitely a gem.
"Slightly cheesy but so well written."
Really enjoyed this book and narration was fine, would recommend, well worth it.Never seen before.
"Talented author but why this? Too derivative"
I have enjoyed other books by this very talented author so much more. I have no idea why it was written. This was far too much like the Stand and I became exasperated with the hackneyed themes and villains that I just gave up.
"Amazing! My First Robert McCammon novel."
Narrator was excellent. Brought the characters to life for me. An epic story . If you're a Stephen King can you will love this too.
"Loved this book - still do"
Yes. Its standard fare Good vs Evil, told in a post apocalyptic America. The characters are well rounded and develop well. Some of the plot and development is a touch cheesy in places but that doesn't detract from an overall damn fine book.
Sister was just brilliant. Tough, fiesty, hard as nails and a deeply loving homeless woman who recovers from her pre-apocalyptic issues to become someone you really loved and admired.
The Nuclear attack was written and narrated in such a vivid manner, visualisation was automatic and not at all hard to accomplish. It struck an equal measure of awe, fear and relief. Awe and fear from the terrible destruction and visceral descriptions and relief from knowing it's just a book.
Oh yes! Both! I laughed and especially for Sister, I cried.
I can only give 4 stars for the story as it does rattle on a bit over details it shouldn't really dwell on, not to mention the cheesiness in some places, but I still love it.
It's a huge read (or should I say listen) and special mention MUST be given to Tom Stechschulte for an absolutely incredible narration. Every character was individually voiced and each was given their own life. It's worth listening to just for the narration.
All characters I felt were really done well but Josh Hutchins was my favorite it was a great performance.
I cried my eyes out don't want to spoil it for anyone but there are lots of moments the this book where you'll be reaching for a hankie.
This is one of my favorite audio books ever I was sad when its ended I just wanted it to go on forever. I loved all the characters each were performed amazingly. I will defiantly be listing to this again maybe wait a year or two though.
A bit Stephen kingfish and overall a very engrossing and entertaining book. Let down slightly by some very small plot discrepancies but that may just be me being very picky. Will definitely listen to other books by Robert McCammon
Near the top
no but I will look out for him from now on
No, too long
I just got so into the story and the characters. It had a big impact and made me think about it while I was not in a position to carry on and listen. I really looked forward to my next episode as I listen to the books while at work. I took a little while to get into, but once I was in I was hooked. Brilliant!
This has to be one of the most gripping audio books I have ever listened to. Just fantastic, great characters, griping tension and a wonderfully rich story.
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