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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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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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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 03-08-13

Very Pleasantly surprised!!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how the story was always moving forward fast. No lulls.

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

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.

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

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.

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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.

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  • jack
  • englewood, CO, United States
  • 02-25-13

Fantistic story, great narration

I really enjoyed the story. I recently read the stand by Stephen King. This is a similar end of the world tail except that the world is blown up instead of killed by a man made virus. the tales of survival are similar. Swan song is scarier. I couldn't stop listening to it practically finished all 34 hours without a break. The narration of this book is absolutely superb. if you're driving across country take this book with you and you'll be sure not to do any sightseeing or get out of the car.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 02-23-13

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

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!!!!

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  • Broken Arrow, OK, United States
  • 11-24-12

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.

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A must listen for Horror fans!!

Any additional comments?

I bought this book because I heard that it is one of Stephen Kings favourite books...I was not disappointed.The only books I could compare it too are ... Stephen Kings' - The Stand andJustin Cronins' - The Passage.I loved this book! It is very long but give it a try!

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Something’s just get better with age!

There seems to be a steady increase in books focusing on apocalyptic themes, which I must admit I find entertaining and thought provoking. Having read quite a few of the newer apocalyptic books being written I was amazed by how unique and well developed Swan Song still is when considering it won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel clear back in 1988.

I am frankly awed that after more than 30 years not only has this book remained an excellent reading/listening experience, but I find it has become even more engaging as times have progressed. The twists and ideas presented have not been negatively affected by the passing of time despite all the incredible advancements that have occurred in the past several decades. I feel that this story not only has endured the test of time, but it has actually gotten even better as our world has become more advanced and dependent on technology.

If you have not yet read this book or if it has been some time since you have I highly recommend that you treat yourself to what I would define as a cutting edge classic! This is well worth the credit given that it provides you with 34+ hours of listening time that will actually leave you wanting even more.

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Great Character Development

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Gripping story with complex characters. The narrator brought the story to life with his multi-dialect ability to capture regional accents and character nuances.

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

When Josh broke out of the compound and overcame his captors.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Swan's face was revealed.

Any additional comments?

Loved Stephen King's the Stand and didn't think I would enjoy this. Happy to be wrong. It drug a bit at the end, however, I was still sad to say farewell to this cast of characters. I mostly listen to audible books to and from work, but recently have had to do quite a bit of long distance driving. This book made those journeys pleasurable.

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  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 06-26-12

Surprisingly good

Unless I know something is a classic, I rarely read anything as old as this. But I must say, I'm glad I did. As others have said, given the subject matter, the time it was written is not really relevant. If the world as we know it ends (not a spoiler, btw, since the book opens on this scene), then the things we've come to expect in the 21st century are gone anyway.

While I thought it was a little long, I never wanted to stop listening and I grew very attached to the characters and the outcome. It's a book that makes one consider whether we would devolve into chaos and hatred if we were forced to fend for ourselves or if good would also emerge. Probably a bit of both, but you'll definitely find yourself thinking about it.

Well worth a listen.

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  • C Martin
  • 04-04-17

slightly sub-Stand-ard

this story has so many parallels with Stephen King's The Stand, but while there are some interesting angles, it doesn't reach the same heights.

narration was excellent - a wide range of distinctive but consistent accents and voices helps with immersion.

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  • Hunter
  • 12-02-16

Fantastic

This is one of the best story's I've heard it takes you from the disappear of drat

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  • D J Sanderson
  • 09-29-16

Bad bad bad v good

Banal effort to be honest. 30 hours of banality. Did I really listen to that?

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  • Wayne Sandyford
  • 08-13-16

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.

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  • Mrs
  • 04-29-16

Slightly cheesy but so well written.

Really enjoyed this book and narration was fine, would recommend, well worth it.Never seen before.

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  • emma lane
  • 01-14-16

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.

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  • Garf
  • 01-14-16

Loved this book - still do

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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.

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

Oh yes! Both! I laughed and especially for Sister, I cried.

Any additional comments?

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. <br/><br/>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.

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  • Hayley
  • 07-15-15

Amazing

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

All characters I felt were really done well but Josh Hutchins was my favorite it was a great performance.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Iona, North East Scotland
  • 05-14-15

Engrossing

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

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  • karen gadd
  • 04-13-15

Absolutely brilliant

Where does Swan Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top

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

Not sure

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

no but I will look out for him from now on

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

No, too long

Any additional comments?

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!<br/>