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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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    Christopher V Baker 10-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked as a kid,"

    like ants on sugar. Huh? Author uses "like as" like a bunny having babies. Like eggs on a hot platter. huh

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Spiegel 10-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Never A Dull Moment"

    It was a steady stream of drama, travel, mystery, humor, good and evil. Well performed. Surprised it never was a movie. Some facts still untold, some gaps unfilled like what was the true source and what happened to Roland's parents? Did he shoot them? The story is nearly 30 years old and holds strong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Big E 05-17-16
    Big E 05-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Holy Shite... This was an intense GREAT book."
    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    This book left me beside myself in the best possible way. The bad guys were so Vile that you love to hate them, and the good guys were so good that you were rooting for them and constantly concerned for them. I couldn't stop listening to this one!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Hillsboro, OR, United States 04-10-14
    Christopher Hillsboro, OR, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Someone has to point out this books weaknesses."
    What disappointed you about Swan Song?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator did not help raise the seemingly low IQ of the characters. He performed them all as sniveling dullards.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Song?

    Every other sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    For what it's worth, I did listen to the whole book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 02-16-14
    clifford United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2016

    akitonmyers

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    "ugh"

    booooring
    Tedious, plodding, yuckiness with characters you cant enjoy
    Let me save you the bother of wasting a buck. skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 12-23-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 12-23-13 Listener Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A must for lovers of PA"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. 11-14-13
    M.W. 11-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Probably Could be Shorter"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 10-19-13
    Jennifer 10-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Only the best book ever!"
    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening gave me more insight to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 08-25-13
    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 08-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "the darkest of post-apocalyptic fiction!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 07-16-13
    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Not a Feel good book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end was very predictable. Not complaining at all, because its what you want to happen.


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

    He was pretty good. I did hear some inconsistency of voice in one of the characters. But it was fine practically unnoticed.


    Did Swan Song inspire you to do anything?

    Yea, Next book...."Epic fantasy."


    Any additional comments?

    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.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Julie
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    "Swan Song"

    I loved this book, I listened to it at every opportunity and totally engaged with the characters, I found it easy to place myself inside the story. The characters captured all that is good and bad in our race, with good triumping over evil. The authors description and story telling worked increditbly well and I was sorry that the book came to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebekah Barton
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    "Tour de force"

    What a book and what narration..I was totally gripped..Writer and narrator made this completely amazing

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  • Sharon
    4/6/17
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    "great story"

    Loved it!!! Great story. the light and dark, good vs evil story line had me gripped from start to finish. Such a beautiful tale of light, love and the dark side of humanity. How as humans we always have a choice. feeling blessed after this read. 😇

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  • C Martin
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    4/4/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter
    12/2/16
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    "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
    9/29/16
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    "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
    8/13/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/29/16
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    "Slightly cheesy but so well written."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • emma lane
    1/14/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garf
    Essex, United Kingdom
    1/14/16
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    "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.

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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