I bought a read part of the Gunslinger but found it unintriging. Then I bought it on audibook and loved it!! I continued feverishly with the next 4 books and enjoyed everyone of them. The fifth book also is great but I am dissappointed with the narrator as he is different from the previous book's narrator. His accents for the main character are indistinguishable. In fact, Eddie sounds a bit like Woody Allen at times. But the story was wonderful and I hope to hear a different narrator on book VI and VII!!
This reader is so frustrating! He could do a mcuh better job than he does. Eddie's voice is the most unfortunate. Its sounds exactly like ...Jakes. I start to enjoy the book, 'Eddie' speaks, and suddenly the world in my head disentegrates. God Stephen, I know you could have found a better reader.
I agree with an earlier reviewer who stated that the books in this series keep getting better. I found the first one, The Gunslinger, merely average, but am very glad that I stuck it out through books 2, 3, 4, and now 5. I feel fortunate that I came to the series late, in fact only when they emerged on audiobook, because I was able to emerse myself in the whole series to date - over the course of three month's listening. Frank Muller's narration felt a little over the top at first (in the Gunslinger) but I soon warmed to it, and then grew to love it. That must be why this volume, the first that was not voiced by Muller, felt lacking at first. The characters all spoke differently, of course, and that felt like the sequel to a great film in which a new lead actor replaces the one who made the role famous (Hannibal comes to mind), but by hour 6 or 7 - I was back onboard.
All and all - a great read.
This is a great story, but if you have read the books and not listened to the audiobooks upto this point, then I recommend you continue in the same fashion. I read the previous books and then thought I would listen to this one, but the voice only ruined the engraved perceptions I had of every character. The narrator's voice does not suit the characters well at all. Luckily, my friend bought the book and halfway through listening I started reading instead and then I began to like the characters again. Besides, there are pictures in the book which don't exist in the audio version. I love audiobooks, but I recommend you stick with the regular version of this book.
The Dark Tower series also crosses paths with The Talisman, Black House, and Hearts in Atlantis. I'm really not remembering how exactly it connects to The Stand, but I know King is a master storyteller to weave so many interconnected webs...
I heart scifi, and have become addicted to listening instead of reading, or even watching tv.
I have consumed these books one after another in a shirt time. I have enjoyed them so much. This one is no different. Nice little twist at the end... Can't wait to jump into the next one. But I'm taking a little break. I sometimes burn myself out on a series if I listen to too much. But I'm really looking forward to 6. This series has blown me away so far. It's really fantastic.
I love to listen at work! There's nothing better that getting lost in another world while doing data entry.
This book is one of my favorite in the series so far. Its set in a rule city with a major problem, the wolves are coming to Calla... coming to take the children just like they have for many generations. Many great characters are introduces like Andy
First, you don't have to guess that this is an other-worldly version of The Magnificent 7 (AKA The 7 Samurai) because King tells you it is in his intro. So I'm not giving anything away because it's no secret. It's beautifully done. This is NOT a horror story. It is fantasy fiction with a wonderful plot, a great reader, and King writing at his best.
I'm not a fan of King's horror genre stories. Just not my thing. But oh my, this man can write and when he is at the top of his game, nobody writes better. He is not merely a good writer: he's a great one. Lyrical. Elegant. Creative. Of this series, this was my favorite and remains so. For anyone who loves really well-written sci-fi fantasy, this is absolutely worth your time. Although reading it as part of the series certainly helps to keep track of the characters and locales (King references places from other stories and brings in characters from other books), nonetheless the book does stand on its own legs. You might miss some references if you're not a King fan and haven't read all his other books (I'm one of them and my son, a die-hard King fan had to fill me in on who was who), but the story works regardless.
If you've read this in hardcopy with the wonderful illustrations, it's still worth giving this a listen ... especially if it has been a few years since your initial reading. Audio is just a different reading experience. Different pacing, differently nuanced. And absolutely worth your time.
This is a wonderful series that captures the mind as each book is read or (heard). I do want to say that I also loved Frank Muller's storytelling, but I want to say that I also believe those who are critical of George Guidall have forgotten he was the narrator on Book I. The book that got us all started on this great adventure.