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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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loved it

Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

i have listened to it at least 50 time as is, would listen to it 50 more..love the story

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

maybe dark tower, but i like this more

Which scene was your favorite?

when the masks came off to show what people really looked like..wish this were true..guess work is not there anymore..bad is ugly

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

ya but have to work

Any additional comments?

love this author his own unique way off seeing things

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  • Andrew
  • Wesport, CT, United States
  • 04-02-14

Solid 4 star

Not as good as his new Mathew C book but this one was entertaining, characters were believable and interesting, a little cold war dated but worth a listen.

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  • James
  • RIVERHEAD, NY, United States
  • 03-14-14

The best on Audible

This is by far my favorite book I have ever listened to. I will not give anything away, just trust me on this one. You will love it!

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  • SonjCos
  • Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States
  • 03-08-14

Not what I expected

What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

The story quickly drew me in and didn't let me go until the very end. I did not intend to listen to it non-stop, but ultimately I did. I started the book thinking it would be similar to the Matthew Corbett series by the same author. Instead, it was a post apocalyptic novel and I love this genre. It had a bit of mysticism in it and it played better than I would have expected with the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My three favorite characters were Swan, Joshua & Sister. I liked these characters individually and I loved the way they interacted with each other. They all demonstrated that in the worst of circumstances the human spirit can remain compassionate, determined and faithful.

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

This was my first time listening to this narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listened to it all day and night.

Any additional comments?

I consider the Matthew Corbett series and Swan Song to be to very different literary genres. It is rare for an author to write across genres and be just as compelling of a storyteller in each genre. I applaud Robert McCammon for being able to do it so well.

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An Amazing Listen

If you are at all a fan of the apocalyptic genre, get this book. The characters are fully developed and imperfect. I found myself listening to this whenever I could even grab a few minutes, I had to find out what would happen.

The bleakness of the world, post war, reminds me of The Road. Here, humans struggle to keep their humanity in a world that has turned savage. Parts of the book will make you cringe, and despair about the survivors as they attempt to navigate through the living hell the world has become. I found myself cheering every time a bit of hope found it's way into the narrative.

It is a long book, and sometimes it gets a little mired down, but never so much that it interferes with the overall story. This is a book to go back to again and again.

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  • Lisa
  • Kailua, HI, United States
  • 02-19-14

Horrible book!

What would have made Swan Song better?

not killing babies

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert McCammon again?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

fine

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not much

Any additional comments?

I advise people that this book is pure hatred. I don't mind scarey or horror books, but books that talk about bashing in the skulls of infant babies are not something most normal people are interested in reading. I got through part one and realized just listening to this filth ruins your day completely. Ill never listen to this author again.

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  • Thomas
  • deerfield, NH, United States
  • 02-14-14

Started strong, but slowly fizzled out.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The first half of the book was very interesting, however as it went on, the characters became more and more one dimensional. The plot became more pedestrian and silly. If you want good post apaptoliptic writing and plot stick with Steven King's The Stand.

What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

The most disappointing part of the book is that once you become invested in the plot you are forced to listen even as the story becomes more and more mundane.

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

I really only kept listening because the narrator was so good.

Do you think Swan Song needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO.

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  • Michael
  • Neenah, WI, United States
  • 02-07-14

I Feel Like I've Heard This Before

I read The Stand in high school. This is a LOT like The Stand. It could have been told in half the time. I'm currently listening to it at 3X speed just to get through it. The characters are thin and predictable and there are just too many gaps in reasoning for it to be a good book for me. If you loved The Stand, then you might like this book, if you did not like it, then you won't like this either.

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One of McCammon's Best

What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

There was always something happening, and enough good folks and bad folks to keep you listening to see where it was going to go. It's totally unpredictable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Swan is of course the main focus of the piece but I liked the ex-wrestler Josh, and I enjoyed Sister. The book is so full of interesting (and enough nefarious) characters that picking your favorite is really very hard.

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

He does a great job. With so many characters it could get confusing, but he sees to it that each is different and unique; no easy task in a book of this size.

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

Swan Song is a pretty good title, both a play on words and an accurate look at what happens in the book...but if I absolutely had to rename it, I would call it: Apocalypse Redeemed.

Any additional comments?

This is the second time I have read this book. I read it to myself the first time and listened maybe 20 years later and though I remembered little things and that it was an excellent book, it was a totally new experience, especially having it read to me. I can't recommend it much higher than that.

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A Great Journey

Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

Swan Song is one of my top 10 favorite books. I've actually read it several times. However, the last time I read it was at least a decade ago. So, when I listened to the book it was almost like reading it for the first time all over again! I'll definitely be listening to this book again.

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

Swan Song has often been compared to The Stand by Stephen King. Both books do have 1 thing in common, they are both about the end of the world. Personally, I think that's where the similarities end.

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

Tom Stechschulte has a wonderful rhythm. His narration is mesmerizing. He brought a different dimension to this book. I enjoyed his narration so much, I will be looking for other books that he's narrated.

Who was the most memorable character of Swan Song and why?

There are a lot of memorable characters, but my favorite is Sister. She's a character that one should strive to emulate.