This is a great example as to why I love Stephen King!!! The only reason why I marked the book down a bit is because I felt the ending was a little off.
The other review's will give you a background on the story. I am a longtime King fan, but this was my 2nd audiobook. George Guidall's narration of this story was first rate and made the experience very enjoyable. I now research the narrator almost as much as the author / story when looking for a new audiobook.
I have been following this series from the beginning and have loved every page of every book (even that silly stroll through the Wizard of Oz). But this book killed my interest as true as Roland's aim. A series that began as a surreal western in the first book, became an exciting parallel universe tripping adventure in the second, then rolled into a full fledged SCI FI journey by the third. After that it lost what little grounding it had and by this book became tiresome in it's endless dialogs and pretentiousness. The story of Sue and Mia just isn't working for me and I am sorry to see it take center stage. Most of all I miss the action that was so prevalent in the other books. Nothing ever happens (gun fights) until the very end of the book. I really hope the next one is better because I have come to far to stop now.
George Guidall is a good reader. Frank Muller is a great reader and a good actor. George Guidall adds little to the book. Frank Muller would have made it come to life. I hope nothing's happened to him. If you've heard books 2-4, you'll miss him too when you start #5.
I can't tell you how much I miss Frank Muller. I did not notice that he was not the narrator of this book until I started listening. I found out that Frank had a horrible accident, that has left him unable to read for audio books anymore. This is one of the greatest losses for audio books that has come in decades. It is the worst for The Gun Slinger book series. The replacement voice is so different from Muller that it was hard for me to continue in this series at all. I did however continue and feel that this book is one to get. It will take time for you to get used to the new narrator, and the truth is you may never like him, but the series had to continue and someone had to replace Muller. I know how much a narrator brings to a book series, but you'll just have to make an exception on this series and continue listening. This series is one of the best I've ever listened to, and hope that the loss of Muller will not affect the number of listeners to this book. I wish you well Frank, and hope that God will heal you soon and brings your voice back to the audio book world. Maybe you could even re-do the rest of the Gun Slinger books and give us the true story, in the voices we had come to love. A greatful fan!
If you have not read any of the Dark Tower Books read them first. You will need the history. However at the start of the book it will summarize all of them, however it is brief
The Drawing of the Three
Wizard and Glass
In the Wolves of Calla, it is the continuation story of Roland Deschain and his ka-tet trying to reach the dark tower, however again I am disappointed in Steven King. Flagg will be back. Father Callahan (Salem's Lot) Has turned up, and if that wasn't enough (don't want to spool it )but you would never believe who is the guardian of the Tower.
I feel that King is running out of ideas, It is a entertaining however, I am just disappointed that King is pulling from his other books and not original story lines.
At first I couldn't get into the book. King took his good sweet time getting to the nitty gritty of the story, but the narration and story were more than good enough to keep me interested. And then there's the ending. This is the best ending I've read from Stephen King. True it's not a real ending, as the story has two books to go, but it was very good. The Dark Tower series continues to be King's best work.