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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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    John Couva, Trinidad and Tobago 04-22-13
    John Couva, Trinidad and Tobago 04-22-13 Member Since 2016

    On a Sunday, I ride my motorcycle to Maracas Bay Beach while listen. When I get there up goes the hammock, and I then listen to my audiobook

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    "Way too long"

    It might have been better if it didn't take so long. But not a bad story. Would make a great movie

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    John 03-10-13
    John 03-10-13
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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
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jack englewood, CO, United States 02-25-13
    jack englewood, CO, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 02-23-13
    bebe South Carolina 02-23-13

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 02-04-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "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!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Hope

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony WA 09-09-12
    Anthony WA 09-09-12 Member Since 2016

    Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!

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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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    Victoria United States 08-20-12
    Victoria United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PJPackwood 06-22-12
    PJPackwood 06-22-12 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    "Swan Song"

    This was an absolutely awesome book. I LOVED everything about it and I was so sorry when it ended. In my opinion this is a classic that rates up among the very top. Do not miss out on this one. I rarely write any kind of review but this book definitely rates one. A++++++ all the way.

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  • Hayley
    7/15/15
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    "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
    5/14/15
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    "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
    4/13/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Huw
    BLACKWOOD, United Kingdom
    2/20/15
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    "Outstanding!"

    This has to be one of the most gripping audio books I have ever listened to. Just fantastic, great characters, griping tension and a wonderfully rich story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarahmoose2000
    2/17/15
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    "THE STAND'S TWIN?"

    This was a great book, but Stephen King may have a few things to say about the similarities to his book, The Stand.

    The slight difference is that nuclear warheads were detonated here, not a virus, but the oracle is called Sister (the Stand is Mother); and the groups of survivors lead their own tales against marauders until they unite at the end.

    You would think that such a long book would be boring, and wonder how you could keep interest in the small group of heroes, but it proves the writing is great as I never once felt the need to check my watch and see where we were. In fact, I looked forward to going to bed, knowing I had more to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    2/5/15
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    "2nd time around"

    Read this book over 10 years ago and never forgot it. Was delighted to see it available as audiobook. Will probably listen to it again. Wonderful story brilliantly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    12/11/14
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    "Outstanding first half."

    It's very like The Stand and yet totally different.

    The first half of this epic is totally engrossing and well written but turns into stereotype and cliche in the last third. A let down in the end. Still worth a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cee cee
    12/4/14
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    "overlong, overwraught...just over it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    not unless they thought Stephen King's characters were just too subtle and nuanced.

    If you like your good and evil laid out very clearly, and sledgehammered home at every opportunity, this is the book for you.

    Also, where on earth was the editor?! there are errors in this book, eg one character saying to another they've definitely decided to go somewhere then a few chapters later, claiming not to know where to go and all of a sudden, the distance to said place has shifted by about 5 to 10 miles.

    Maybe the editor / proof-reader lost all will to plough on at that stage. I don't really blame them.


    Has Swan Song put you off other books in this genre?

    Apocalyptic novels are not really my chosen genre, I only bought this one as I'd liked McGammon's Matthew Corbett novel (1st one), so I'm not sure I can be put off something I never really went for in the first place


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Quite a good performance but sometimes he voiced the characters with a very low voice that was difficult to pick up on headphones


    Was Swan Song worth the listening time?

    If you want hours and hours of mindless, meandering, vaguely interesting chat, then by all means. It's not brilliant, kind of the literary equivalent of chewing gum...starts off fine then is very same-y then very bland then you keep chewing (not knowing why) and in the end, you don't mind if you spit it out and never think about it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Rendle
    12/2/14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swan Song to be better than the print version?

    Certainly, it is so nice to be able to sit back and relax and listen to such a great book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh, he wasn't the sort of character you expected in the beginning, he forepassed my expectations


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

    No, unfortunately I haven't, but would definitely be willing to do so based on this performance


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

    Yes, most definitely I would of done so, if I had had the time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    10/29/14
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    "Good start but faded"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I thought the ending was poor. It started very well, but just faded at the end and I found I lost interest


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    The ending


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, good narration


    Did Swan Song inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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