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.
An Audible veteran with more than a decade of commutes listening to audiobooks.
If you're looking at this book then you have more than likely read or listened to the first four Dark Tower books. This one continues the story in another great adventure, and like the others leaves you wanting the next chapter of Roland and his ka-tet. Thankfully, those chapters are written and we can hear them later this year.
The Dark Tower is a masterpiece! This is my 6th time reading the entire series, and the only books I have ever re-read.
Geouge Guidall does a good job narrating, but it's hard to listen to him again after the previous 3 books read by the stellar Frank Muller.
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.
No need to comment further on the fabulous quality of this story and this series, which have been rightfully lauded by others.
Unfortunately, George Guidall, who narrated the first installment of the series (The Gunslinger) has returned for books five and six. Guidall's voice is indeed deep and rich, but he lacks the ability to change timbre and accent for individual characters. It isn't so bad that Roland and Eddie Dean sound pretty much alike. But when Mr. Guidall tries to produce female and child voices (especially main characters Susannah Dean and Jake Chambers) he substitues raw speed for the ability to produce a light voice. Their dialog is delivered in a breathy rapid-fire monotone that removes all expression and makes them sound like chipmunks on amphetamines.
The second, third and fourth books (The Drawing of the Three, The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass) were brilliantly read by Frank Muller. Mr. Muller produces such a wide range of credible accents and speech styles that you can hear distinct individual voices as he reads the dialogue. Eddie Dean speaks (and thinks) with an authentic Brooklyn accent. Jake indeed sounds like a boy, and Susannah Dean has a soft, slightly southern drawl that is easily acceptable as a woman's voice.
Kudos to Mr. Muller. Let's hope they bring him back for the final book of the series, The Dark Tower, due for release later this year.
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...
This book is wonderful. The series keeps getting better. I was so excited when I realized the priest from Salem's Lot is in this book. Love the story in Calla.
THE NARRATOR WASN'T GOOD. I really miss Frank Muller's narration of the series. George Guidall sounds so old and tired and makes the book sound that way too. I bet he'd be good for other books but... not this one. I was very disappointed to see he narrates the next book too. UGH!
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.