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"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.

Ce que les auditeurs disent de Swan Song

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Favourite as a hard book, now Favourite as an audiobook

This book has always been one of my favourites. I have read it at least 5 times over the years...The story, the characters, the post apocalyptic world, the good triumphs over evil always kept me engaged page after page. As an audio book, all I can say is wow. The narrator did a fantastic job breathing life into the characters and kept me engaged minute after minute. This will definitely be a boom i listen to more than once!

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Damn this was so good I read it again

I wouldn’t have believed that someone could write a better book then “the stand” “the road” or “I am legend”. But I stand corrected. You sir know post apocalyptic like you learned it first 🤚

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Awesome narrator

The narration was amazing. He was an incredible voice actor and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him speak.

As for the story, I loved the first half. he created interesting multidimensional characters and I enjoyed hearing how they navigated their lives before and during the apocalypse. However I was much less interested in the last half, its was almost embarrassingly predictable. It was nice to hear the characters I felt so closely to have a somewhat satisfying ending but I think it would have been interesting if it ended on a darker note. Also the similarities to Stephen King's "The Stand" werent ideal. If you liked this book I highly recommend the stand, it's a great tale all the way through unlike this story that seems to just have a strong start. Overall the narration was the best part of this story. I had the book and the audiobook and I'm not sure I would have finished it if it wasnt for his amazing voice and incredible performance.

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  • Au global
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best narrator of any audio book i have ever heard.

I cannot get over how great the narrator was. great job Tom! he made it so much more entertaining.

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One of my favorite books of all time!

This book was one that I read close to 30 years ago when I was a wee lad & I had forgotten most of it other than I loved it when I first read it. Now after listening to Tom Stechschulte's unbelievably well done narration of this book, I have fallen in love with it all over again. The story is still relevant in this modern age, as war mongering politicians are still as prevalent as they were in the 80's (even more so now) .

This book is so rich with incredible characters that are times so relatable, & at other times terrifying but all equally as engaging. Above anything else, this is a book about hope & what it would take for humanity to get another chance after letting the nukes drop & destroying the modern world. The journey that these three groups of characters have to go through is absolutely riveting from start to finish. I really like how there wasn't a bunch of drawn out filler (IE the whole mid-section of the Stand..) & the story clipped along at a good pace throughout it's very long run time.

After all these years this still stand as Robert McCammon's finest work IMO & the greatest post-apocalyptic book ever written. The narration by Tom Stechschulte is fantastic in every sense of the word & makes this audio book one of the best versions in existence of this incredible book. Highly recommended. 10/10

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This book holds up

I vaguely remembered reading this book in the early 90's, sometime after 2015 I started trying to figure out what the title was, and much to my happiness recently came across it on audible.
I love this book, visceral violence and wonderful character development.
The story paints a good picture of the fears that were pervasive in the mid to late 80's.
Great narration by Tom Stechschulte, may he rest in peace :)

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a wonderful re-read for me

Loved the book when I had it in paperback and wanted to go through it again.

Listening to this is still as good as the first two times I've read this book, but this time with better voicing of the characters!

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Swan Song

A very comprehensive look at what would happen in the event of a nuclear attack, not just the devastation on th earth, but how survivors struggle to stay alive. There are horrific parts in the book but those things were necessary.

A very good read.

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Fantastic story!

love love love this story!! it was amazing from start to finish! highly recommend it

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Not so great

I don’t know what all the hype is about. I made it to the end but can’t say I enjoyed it. It is full of blood and gore and lengthy descriptions. I even found it slightly confusing. The whole story could be condensed into one chapter and you would not miss anything.
The narrator is pretty good. I think he was the only thing I actually enjoyed about this book.

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  • Josie G.
  • 2020-04-24

Brilliant Post-Apocalyptic Epic

Veto thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are, of course, comparisons to The Stand, which are understandable. They are very similar in a lot of ways, though I'm honestly not sure which one I would say is better. I would say I like them both equally. I will say, however, that there is a lot more violence in Swan Song. And especially some rather particularly gruesome bits. So I'd not suggest reading it if you're squeamish.

Fantastic narration as well!

All in all, an excellent audiobook.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • LRdly
  • 2018-08-12

Just wanted it to end...

I've listened to many audio books of this length or even longer with no problems, but I just wanted this one to end. Many other reviewers have compared this story to King's "The Stand," but this comes nowhere close IMO. The characters weren't very well developed and even the "good" characters weren't particularly likable. I was annoyed by how un-resourceful many were, especially in the beginning. The "evil" characters also weren't very intelligent or cunning. McCammon relied on graphic violence to make scenes scary, whereas King's evil characters were often intelligent and relied on psychological manipulation vs. senseless violence. I don't avoid violent books or am particularly squeamish, but I found the violence in this story was more for shock value than story enhancement.

No spoilers, but I also felt like the "evil" characters became less interesting and almost laughable as the story progressed. I also felt like this story just wasn't very believable / realistic, and not because of the supernatural aspect. One of the things I've always admired about King's stories, which ALL involve some degree of supernatural elements, is that his characters are believable - ordinary humans like me thrust into bizarre circumstances with realistic reactions. I know McCammon is not King, but if you loved The Stand for the reasons I mention, you might not enjoy this one nearly as much.

For another long-haul, post apocalyptic story, I thoroughly enjoyed Justin Cronin's The Passage Trilogy. It's about 80 hours across 3 books, but I found it far more interesting - better character development & fascinating story.

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  • Amanda H.
  • 2012-06-21

Simply an Amazing Story

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

I was hesitant on buying this book because of the mixed reviews and the length of the book. After the first part of of the book I was sucked into Swan and Sister's apocalyptic nightmare. The book is simply amazing, frightening, funny, sad, brutal, and inspirational. I am for once at a loss of words to describe this book of fear I might not do it justice. If you like The Stand by Stephen King you will IN FACT LOVE Swan Song.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sister and Swan

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

Listening to the tone of voice in certain conversations allowed me to experience the characters emotional distress, love, and sadness.

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

Both.....I laughed and cried...and sometimes yelled!

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  • Jeremy
  • 2012-02-01

Superb apocalyptic fantasy

Wow--how could I have never come across this book before? A big thank you to Audible for drawing this one to my attention. This is a massive, epic book about the end of the world (as it existed in 1987). Instantly reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand, Swan Song draws readers into a post-apocalyptic landscape where only the strong survive. With a massive cast of characters to navigate, narrator Tom Stechschulte does a masterful job of presenting each one with his/her own personality and voice. Amazing job! This is a long book, and it's not always fun to listen to; the world of Swan Song is pretty dark. But in the end, the message of hope comes through, and the interplay of fast-paced action scenes with slower, more contemplative interludes provides a nice pacing to the story. Robert McCammon rides a perfect balance between realism and fantasy in this amazing book. Highly recommended!

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  • Christopher D Harryman
  • 2014-04-10

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.

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  • Lore
  • 2013-12-08

Good vs Evil in a post nuclear holocaust world

At the start of the book you will be introduced to a number of characters as they go about their lives in various parts of the United States. However, before you can even get to know them the nukes are flying and the world around them is destroyed. This sets the stage for a tale of good vs evil amidst a holocaust that develops a fantasy twist to it. Special powers and magical items are not abundant, but they are central to the confrontation as it unfolds.

Although they have different causes for the fall of civilization, the similarities between this book and The Stand by Stephen King are all too obvious, especially during the first half of the book. Both novels are well done and Swan Song does eventually develop its own personality and stands on its own merit. The two books are similar enough to say that if you didn’t like The Stand then you aren’t likely to enjoy Swan Song either.

Things get pretty dark as the tale goes on, and in predictable fashion, the various threads of the story eventually come together in a final confrontation. The characters are not that complex but the reading is well done and the story moves along well. If you are in the mood for a classic good vs evil story in a post-apocalyptic setting then you have come to the right place. If you are looking for a complex story with multi-layered characters then you should spend your credit elsewhere.

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  • Tim
  • 2011-12-20

I would do it again

Good story, a touch of magic but not too much. It's rated R so kids should stay clear probably. It kept me listening without much of a break. That's a good book to me. Top 100

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  • Au global
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  • Madeleine
  • 2011-11-23

Very compelling post-apocalyptic tale

Although written in 1987, this book really hasn't dated all that badly. It's a well thought out post-apocalyptic saga with a pleasing amount of paranormal added in to set it apart from the other post-nuclear novels of the time. In all fairness, it could have been about 5 hours shorter, but it is full of excellently characterized bad guys. If I had to find something to criticize, perhaps the Swan character could have been just a little less perfect, but nonetheless, I did enjoy the listen. It wasn't easy to turn it off come bedtime.

The narration is good. Tom Stechschulte does certain characters exceptionally well. I do wish, though, that he toned down his emotive reading a little. I prefer it when narrators let the emotion come through the words instead of using their tone of voice so much. But if you enjoy emotive readers, then you will really enjoy him. And for the most part, the slightly over-dramatic reading doesn't detract from the listening experience.

I certainly thought it was worth the credit!

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  • Renee
  • 2011-11-15

You'll be up all night listening to this classic

Swan Song has been my all-time favorite book, since I first read it in the 1980's, even when compared to other post-apocalypse dramas, like The Stand, or Lucifer's Hammer.

I still have my old dog-eared paperback copy on my book shelf after all these years!

I'm excited to purchase the audiobook and re-experience the edge-of-your seat thrills, and ultimately the hope for humanity that Swan Song delivers.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2013-08-23

I Don't Think We're In Kansas Anymore

HIS EYES GLAZED OVER LIKE POND ICE
RM has divided this into 14 parts. Part one follows the President of the United States, who is a former astronaut who can't make a decision. Then goes to Professional Wrestler to a Bag Lady to a Trailer Park. I thought the characters were going to be cliche and that the writing was going to be very simple.

YOU AIN'T GOT THE SENSE GOD GAVE A PISS ANT.
Part 2, 3 and 4 got better, but I was thinking this was a cheap copy of "The Stand". Is there really an insect called a piss ant?

AS COLD AS A VIRGIN'S BED
Around part 5 or 6 they get to Matheson, Kansas. Holley crap the story really picks up then. From chapter 37 to 52 it is intense, it is scary, you will not be able to stop listening during these chapters. These chapters are some of the best written and scariest stuff I have ever read or listened to.

LET'S QUIT SHIRKIN AND GET TO WORKEN.
Chapter 54 till the finish is not as scary or intense, but is still a great listen. I am very impatient with most long books, but I found myself every morning, excited about getting to continue the story. Parts of this book will remind you of Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Robin Hobb, and or Road Warrior.

HOPE IS A DISEASE
This was my first McCammon book, but I see one of his books is on sale in a 3 for two sale, and I will be getting it.

FORGIVENESS CRIPPLES EVIL
I will give the narrator a 95%, he did really well on all the voices and he was easy to listen to. i did think he used the clenched teeth mad a little too often, when a different response was called for, but that could just be my opinion. I have no problem listening to him again.






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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2011-11-15

don't miss out on this book!!!

I have been waiting for this book to come out in audio for years. I thought about waiting until I finished listening to the entire book before writing a review, but didn't have the willpower. Anyone who likes sci-fi will love this book. Although is is an older book it is so well worth the listen. It has everything a good book needs; it pits the forces of good and evil against one anther and is superbly written. I can comfortably and with confidence highly recommend this book. Thank you audible for bringing it to me!!!

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