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Swan Song Audiobook

Swan Song

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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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    Janet Stafford Springs, CT, United States 06-06-13
    Janet Stafford Springs, CT, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not good enough for time commitment"
    What did you like best about Swan Song? What did you like least?

    The way the characters grew some, changed some, and loved each other. <br/><br/>The least... I hated the way he made the one gay character a pedophile, the dwarf a joke, and the prostitute so cliche'. The author has a problem seeing through stereotypes. IT would make his writing so much better if he could leave some stereotypes behind.


    What didn’t you like about Tom Stechschulte’s performance?

    The way he does women's voices is awful. He makes every female sound so whiny and awful.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, probably not. <br/>


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a bit weak, though it had good points. The way the narrator did women's voices made the weak story painful.

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    Theresa Wainwright, Alberta, Canada 05-30-13
    Theresa Wainwright, Alberta, Canada 05-30-13

    I love to read but I have begun to enjoy listening s little bit more...I may 'read' another novel again but then again....

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    "This is a 'must have' for everyones' library!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    I struggled with this answer because I have read this book(5times) and when I discovered that it was in the Audible library I had to get it- and I made a excellent buy! Love, Love this storey - but I think reading it is best for this epic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked about this story-was the 'un-veiling' of each character-I can't stress enough that you have to read this book- it just ROCKS!! This is McCammons' Opus!


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I've only just lately begun to 'listen' rather than read a book, not really having anyone to compare his performance to, I can only say that I have been really enjoying this 'read'


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

    Job's Mask


    Any additional comments?

    READ IT !! It's a fantastic story written by a Master story teller, look out King, you have a worthy opponent in the world of words and stories!

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    Julia McCra Vic 05-29-13
    Julia McCra Vic 05-29-13
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    "Very good read"

    I was worried when I downloaded this book that it may be too long and I would either lose interest or I would become confused, but I'm happy to say that neither happened, this book was great once I started reading I didn't want to stop I think this book was one of the best reads I have had in a long time and I would recommend it if you are into the end of the world apocalypse type of story

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    Zartan Bombasto 05-21-13
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    "story drags, a total downer"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's not often I can't make it through an audiobook but this is so thoroughly depressing and a dragging on story I gave up on it halfway through


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    Curt Fairfax, VA, United States 05-16-13
    Curt Fairfax, VA, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired Army, avid listener

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    "The Road and The Stand combined"

    I typically enjoy this type of story, good vs evil, end of world, epic struggle- but not so much this time around. The story borrowed heavily from the "The Road" by Cormack McCarthy and "The Stand" by Stephen King. Same apocalyptic environment as The Road, same kind of journey, same bleakness which I did not enjoy- although at least this time you knew why. Post nuclear war- everything that grows from the earth is dead- yet a horse lives 7 years, eating what? Similar to The Stand in the good vs evil department- similar plot lines, very similar character development- yet just not up to the same standards. Once again- thanks audible for your app that allows listening at an accelerated rate! I did hear The Stand has an new, longer format out- might just have to revisit that book.....

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    pnette 05-15-13
    pnette 05-15-13
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    "Entertaining look at end times."
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    The very first part was entertaining but as the book went further it went downhill. The story became the same as all the other end of the world books.


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    DKW 05-09-13
    DKW 05-09-13
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    "Boring and too much detail"

    I'm surprised there are so many good reviews of this book. It had WAY too much detail. I'm not sure why so much detail was needed, I finally had to stop listening to it, it took way too long to get to the actual story.

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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Fun Apocalyptic Fantasy Story"

    what a fantastic adventure this book was. though it clocks at close to 1000 pages, i didn't feel that the book was labored at all. i really enjoyed every single second of it. tom stechschulte's narration only benefited the story...he was fantastic with every single character's voice and spirit.

    the main characters, swan, josh, sister, roland are all just fantastic. they are so richly written...their history is brought into their present...they make sense as characters. and they make sense in relation to each other.

    i am a big fan of a book that is written as separate stories...all intertwined and leading to the same path. it was like i could envision the physical paths moving across the united states -- waiting for all three stories to finally connect and reveal the climax of the story.

    i'm also a big fan of post apocalyptic stories...especially ones that mix fantasy and magic and demons into it.

    i was never disappointed in the outcome of each and every metaphorical (and literal) mountain that these characters had to climb....we lose some characters that we don't really want to lose. and some characters end up surprising us in the end.

    i'm not sure how i missed this novel for so long. i mean, it was written in the 80's! why did i not know it existed?

    bottom line here is -- this is not a grand work of literary fiction that will change your outlook on life -- but it is one hell of a good story about a band of great characters surviving in the world after the world as we know it (or knew it in the 80's) ends.

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-26-13
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Apocalyptic Tale: Frightening & Heartfelt"

    The reader was perfect for this book. I enjoyed his performance above all. The writing and story line are superb. The characters are very well developed and you come to truly wrote for and are invested in the protagonists. If you have enjoyed apocalyptic books from writers like Steven King then you will enjoy this one. It's very well done and easy to get through, although you won't want to rush it. This is a lot to take in.

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    MsclQuake 04-20-13
    MsclQuake 04-20-13

    I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction

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    "Horror and Hope"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Yes the voice actor was great !


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

    Its an end of the world story and a good vs evil story combined, so there are alot of those but this story was particularly good and had plenty of action. Probably similar to Stephen King's The Stand.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    He brought each character to life with his intonation and accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Horror and Hope


    Any additional comments?

    This story is great , but its not for the squeemish because it does go into the detail of sickeness, pain and gore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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