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
Avid fan of the gunslinger series but this book is an abortion of all the others stand for. Two thirds of the way through it and Rowlan, Eddy, Suze and Jake havent done anything but set around in the same town and listen to stupid stories from the locals in the calla. Wolves are hardly mentioned and I am bored to death with the worst book in history. Stephen King Should be embarrased and cower in shame. I want my money back.
With Guidalls's narration, it's sometimes hard to distinguish between characters during dialog. Muller did a much better job of capturing the different character's accents, genders, ages, and tones. I was so disappointed in this reader, I am now seriously considering not finishing the series.
Having read the first four books and enjoyed them it was even more enjoyable to hear the characters come to life by having the book read to me. This story begins to tie up many loose ends from the first four books and helps the reader understand more about the quest for the Dark Tower and what it means. Having heard of the death of the reader shortly after his completion of this book made me sad to think he will not be reading the last two chapters because I felt I had come to know him and he was fantastic.
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.
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For years I have read and listened to Stephen King and this series has to be my all time favorite. However, I was completely disappointed in the narrator choosen to replace Frank Muller. I was half tempted to discontinue listening after the narrator continued to mispronounce Cuthbert's name. This left me with the impression that this narrartor had never listened to the series or even read them for that matter. I am nearly finished listening to this installment and look forward to the next but I hope they find a different narrator.
Initially, the reader was agonizing because I was unfamiliar with his different voices. I didn't realize how spoiled I was with Frank. By the second part I was use to the new reader, and he did just an excellent job. I especially like his rendition of the "machine" voices (e.g. Andy).
This book was perfectly written, in my opinion. I loved book IV, but this one is my favorite so far. King gives a great balance of history telling and current storyline advancement (the only big drawback about book IV). King reveals more about Roland and his past but tactfully only enough to keep me intrigued.
In this book King paints a very detailed picture in my mind. Compared to many other non-King books, I felt like I was watching everything on a movie screen. The ka-tet embarks on what initially seems like only a side-quest, but turns out to be another piece of the Dark Tower puzzle. The end reveals another example of the amazing skill and ability bestowed upon those called gunslingers. I was only slightly bored by some of Callahan's story, but maybe the purpose of his story will be revealed in the next book.
I've invested so much time in this series. I've listened to the books once, but I've read them many times since King was infrequent in the release of new books. I really like this series, but I'm afraid that he will leave some loose ends after the seventh book. That would be truly unfortunate, so let's hope that doesn't happen.
This book kept me in suspense from beginning to end. I also like how Mr. King tied this book to several of his past writings. I am going back to re-read and read some of his books mentioned. Some books I read 20 years ago. I would highly recommend this book to any who is looking for a good read. I can't wait until the next book comes out in June.
Whimsical futuristic fantasy ?cowboy? story that I found initially a slow and complex but by the time you get to Part 3 be prepared to stay up all night to listen to the final conclusion as space and time merge. I enjoyed this tale but not to the extent of his other offerings here up here including ?The Green Mile? and ?Dreamcatcher? Narration is excellent?.