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by Robert McCammon (Author), Tom Stechschulte (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 34 hours and 22 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00684FLDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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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.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mix of shear terror, horror and beauty 23 Feb 2010
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This is the first book I have ready by Robert McCammon and I look forward to reading more.
In common with some other commentators here, I was drawn into this book thoroughly. It is a long book at 850 odd pages, but being one of those rare books which are hard to put down, the pages zip by: especially once the story gets going.
The story mixes the realities of a post-nuclear war that has experienced MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) between Russia and the USA with the fantasies of the powers of good and evil, where evil is having a party. The story is set in the US and moves from the immediate pre-war situation into the plight of three key groups of survivors whose lives are scattered between New York - near Wichita, Kansas - and a mountain refuge in Idaho. McCammon initially focuses upon the usual post-nuclear exchange devastation; the skeletons of buildings, grey clouded skies, incessant storms and plunging temperatures that mark the nuclear winter. So far one can anticipate the usual stories of survival in this harsh landscape with people forced to choose between trying to maintain some of the codes of their civilisation, whilst others turn to their darker side. This is the substance of Cormac McCarthy's novel, The Road (2006).
However, pretty soon after the initial nuclear exchange, one realises that there are other forces at work in the story. This is where the adventures really start to take-off; powers of good and evil slowly begin to emerge and one realises that another dimension has been opened for the reader.
Gradually, the survivors are to be drawn towards one another, but along the way one is never sure who is going to survive the next ordeal; and who if any, will make it to the end.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most unforgettable book I've ever read. 13 Mar 2002
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A friend lent me this book in 1993. I didn't sleep for days as I *had* to finish it, absolutely mesmerised by the characters. Even now I have mental pictures of all the characters and I've never forgotten them. I gave the book back and lost touch with the friend... I found this book on amazon.fr just before christmas (I'd been looking for it for 9 years) and I know it is a treasure to savour and so I've resisted reading it until now. I go on holiday on saturday and I already know I'm going to have the best read of my life.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Set in a post nuclear war world, only a few survivors remain. Scattered and leaderless, terrible times brings out the best in some, and the worse in others. This book focuses on three stories, and how they come to terms with this new world that is forced upon them. There is Sister, a former bag lady, converted into a reluctant leader and heroine, Josh and nine year old girl Swan, who has an amazing gift that makes her sought after, and Colneral Macklin, with his creepy evil sadistic sidekick, teenager Roland.
The reason this book affected me so was because it is so real, especially in today's volitile world, where the threat of nuclear war is more prominent. Maybe we should get the world leaders to read this book?
To conclude, a rich tapestry of real life, real people, fantasy and science fiction. A garuenteed good read from a fabulous author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this 15 Jun 2011
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I found out about this book by accident and as I LOVE the Stand I thought I would give it a try having never heard of Robert before. I had to admit to being a little sceptical to start with as I could never see anything living up to Stephen Kings masterpiece, but I have to say it run it a very close race, with The Stand coming just out on top. Regardless of this, this book is a masterpeice in its own right and I really cared about Sister and Swan and Josh and I hated the baddys with a vengance and I, for one really liked the ending....

All in all I am very happy that I found this book, if you fancy reading it dont let it large size put you off....it is an easy good read and very well worth the effort.

On the strength of Swan Song I have bought a couple more of Roberts books....I will reveiw at a later time :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST THING I'VE EVER READ! 20 May 2011
This book is by far the best book i have ever read! I've mailed links of this page to many friends recommending they purchase it for them selves! I know I will read this book many times over years to come.

I hope they never make a movie out of it, they will ruin everything that makes this book special!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frightening world and good story 28 Dec 2010
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Post nuclear apocalypse is a setting rarely seen in books these days. Back in the 80s it was a real fear, much like that of terrorism today. The world of Swan Song is a frightening and vivid vision of the bleak future that could have been. It's difficult to pidgeon-hole the genre of Swan Song. It has elements of horror, adventure and thriller, but also a strong backbone of fantasy, which was unexpected.

I really enjoyed Swan Song and ripped through it in no time, but was a little disappointed with the heavy whiff of morality play, especially in the second half of the book. Characters where either completely good or evil, and although the main protagonists are well crafted it was a tad one-dimensional and predictable. I hasten to add that this is only a small gripe in what is a very entertaining read and certainly a book I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long indepth read
Feels a bit disjointed at times until half way through the book when the life paths of the characters begin to converge. Totally adore this book have read it several times. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic rollercoaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
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This book is the best book I have ever read, I have just read it for the forth time.

It gives you hope from darkness, that good will beat evil that whatever the stakes... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever!
This is the second time i have read this book and loved it even more than the first time as i understood the underlying messages of morality. Read more
Published 4 months ago by linda thurlwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
This is just an amazing read. It does have a similar story line to The Stand by Stephen King but in my opinion this is the better book. I would highly recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Symons
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant take on dystopia.
Amazing! I bought this book because it was on offer. What serendipity that was! It starts off slowly, essentially as a dystopian future, but throughout, the author weaves in... Read more
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