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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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    G United States 01-14-14
    G United States 01-14-14
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    "Epic, but not for the depressed"
    Any additional comments?

    Narration was excellent, however the story was long and rather depressing. I'd be very interested in hearing from the author. How does writing something like this spill over into their regular life?

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    Donna 01-11-14
    Donna 01-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Held my interest the entire time"
    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    Great Friendship Saga


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

    Sister's scene on the mountain toward the end.


    If you could take any character from Swan Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Josh. He was a warm hearted teddy bear.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be looking for more fiction by this author.

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    DennisV 01-11-14
    DennisV 01-11-14
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    "I love this book. This is one of my favorites"
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    I loved everything. My mother has been trying to get e to read this for almost 15 years. I'm sorry I waited so long. Robert McCammon is an amazing author


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

    People compare this to the stand for some reason that I can't figure. Except for being the apocalypse and having a mysterious villain. They are nothing alike. I think this is very original


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    He does a very good job. He dies different voices for every character. Add lots of drama to the reading. Doesn't speak in monotone at any point. I wish he did more readings.


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

    Why would anyone want to do that. Silly question


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good story. Some parts can be horrific, and graphic. However, what about a nuclear holocaust is supposed to be pleasant. I think he did a very good job of describing what desperate people are capable of. Just remember though, the sun always rises, evil only triumphs when good people do nothing.

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    JEMME Killeen, TX, United States 01-06-14
    JEMME Killeen, TX, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Possibly the best end of days story ever"

    This is one of my favorites. The characters are well-developed, the scene depictions are vivid, just an all around great read!!!!

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    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 01-04-14
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    "Enjoyable to listen to"
    If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

    A great read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh...did what he needed to always. A true class act


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

    This was the first


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

    Beware of your inner self


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing book that keeps you wanting to listen to more. Great characters with gripping stories that bring them all together in the end. By far this is Roberts McCammons best book.

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    Schuyler A. boulder, CO, United States 12-31-13
    Schuyler A. boulder, CO, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great read with interesting characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it, but I felt that the narration made some of the characters sound similar and to me that stuck out. It didn't ruin the book by any means however, still a very fun listen. I kept wanting to stay up at night and listen to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Roland! He started as a kid with an overactive imagination and an affinity for violence and became an incredible character.


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

    He does a good job on 90% of the characters and I think in particular, he did well on Josh's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good book and if you liked "The Stand" then you will love this book. In the beginning of the book I wish we had gotten more background behind the reasons for the military action. Also, in the middle of the book we all of the sudden jump 7 years and assume that a great deal of character development has occurred but I didn't feel as though that were true when listening to some of the story lines. However this was still a very fun listen for me and I would do it again. None of what I mentioned were more than hiccups in the story line. Definitely give this one a chance if, like me, you were captured by "The Stand" and wanted to try another similar story.

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    Malcolm 12-31-13
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    "A weak attempt to be The Stand."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The storyline is an old concept. Therefore, he needed to apply a new twist to it.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    It was a series of stereotype after another. The characters were not interesting.


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

    Absolutely not.


    What character would you cut from Swan Song?

    I'm really sorry to say that this story should not have been written. Therefore, all of the characters should have been omitted along with its storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read other reads comment that Mr. McCammon is a good writer. I'm afraid I will not attempt another book.

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    RedFoxBlueFox Atlanta, GA 12-05-13
    RedFoxBlueFox Atlanta, GA 12-05-13
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    "Facile, but entertaining."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is brimming with cliches. Good is embodied by an innocent child, evil is embodied by a gluttonous effeminate child-molesting man, etc etc ad nauseum. It definitely made me roll my eyes more than a few times. The writing style is okay, and the story is somewhat original, but you can see most of it coming a hundred miles away. Also, numerous plot points remain unresolved and unexplained. It's always easier to begin a story than end one!


    Would you recommend Swan Song to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't give it a glowing recommendation, but it's worth a listen if you have nearly 40 hours to spare.


    Was Swan Song worth the listening time?

    It was far too long, but I did end up listening to the whole thing.... so that's something.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance is excellent. That might be what kept me listening, more so than the text.

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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-26-13
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow!!! Taste the grit of the apocalypse."
    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    Might be better than "The Stand"


    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked that I just kinda turned this one up. It was a best seller in the 80s or 90s. The author really paints a portrait. it is a long story and for me that is a plus.

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    Linda United States 11-26-13
    Linda United States 11-26-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "My second time around still awesome."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, none of my grown up friends read this type of books. I am 65 and sixty five year old granny's are supposed to read boring books about romance and lawyers and knitting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Sister takes charge with quiet dignity. She never gives up and never gives in.


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

    Sister and Josh


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

    I really don't know but I would cast The Rock to play the part of Josh.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read books twice as a general rule. But if I can't find some thing that appeals to me I have two books to fall back on Swan Song and The Dome by Stephen King. Enough said.

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