I thought the writing and especially the storytelling were pretty good. King's still got it.
There are many complaints here about the narration not being as good as Frank Muller's. I agree, but I have never listened to anyone who could fill his shoes. In case you didn't know, Frank had a very bad motorcycle accident and will (most likely) never be able to work again.
I miss him, as I am certain do countless others.
I think George Guidall does a decent job at reading it, but I wished Stephen King had decided to read the last 3 books himself. He has always been one of my all-time favorite readers. Either way, completely worth the money and time.
This book is so wonderfully absorbing, i couldn't stop listening to it. i must admit to being a serious Dark Tower junkie, but even w/o that, i'd still feel the same about this book. the speech of the locals is beyond great. the narrator is truly a genious, i couldn't say it any other way.
There is no going wrong with this series. Stephen King continues his masterful epic tale that mixes The Western, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy. This is perhaps the books greatest touch of genius.
Like the other books in the series, it is an exciting thrill ride to an explosive conclusion, complete with moments that will make you laugh, cry, and get your pulse racing.
If you like the other books in the series, you'll like this one to. If you haven't ready them yet, what are you waiting for?
I really liked this book the most so far. The storyline was very surprising. Wizards and Glass hit on the type of action a true gunslinger and his 'tet' face. Same here in this story only it is Eddie instead of Cuthbert and Jake instead of Alain, and susannah of course, just being susannah. The action in the original Dark Tower book was just Roland at his purest killer instinct. I also liked all of the tie-ins to King's other stories in the past. I hope Song of Susannah is just as good.
Before Gunslinger, I had not read much King, but I had just listened to the great recording of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, and was in the mood for some more of that Western voice, so I tried The Gunslinger, and I really found it to be excellent. I thought King had departed a bit from that voice in the subsequent novels, but at the same time, I came to really appreciate the characters. I wasn't sure how long that would last-- I had already spent a lot of time observing the inner lives of the four major characters, and I was considering skipping ahead to the seventh book. But in Wizard and Glass, and now Wolves of Calla, I'm really pulled in by the many unexpected points of view of this immense world. In Wolves I found the character of Callahan from 'Salem's Lot to be just as fascinating as the four main characters. I had become accustomed to Frank Muller's very distinct voices for the main characters, but George Guidall does an excellent job, particularly for the humbling and tragic narration of Callahan's story. I also would note that I was saddened but grateful to hear King's kind words regarding Frank Muller in the afterword, I have always enjoyed Muller's performances.
This is my favorite book of the Dark Tower series. So much is happening within the subplots of this book it is like getting a half dozen interrelated short stories in one title. While I believe that all the books are great (and should be read) I recommend this book as the one to buy if you are thinking about listening to the entire series. Yes, it helps to have read the 4 previous books for character developement, and a complete understanding of the storyline. I also believe that many of the interstories such as the Priest's tale, Granpere's tale, the fable of Gray Dick, and the main story involving the people of the Calla (including Andy messenger robot "many other functions") and the Wolves are unique to this book and do not require a further knowledge of the storyline in able to enjoy them. It has it's own beginning, middle, and end even though it leaves the series at a precarious crossroad. This book contains noble yet ruthless heros(gunslingers), vampires, robots, a fallen priest, betrayal, travel between our world and theirs, a mystical artifact of pure benevolent evil, and a final showdown worthy of any great adventure story. What else could you possibly ask for? Stephen King's true talent lies in his creation of imagery so powerful you will feel as though you are right in the middle of the action. This story made me want to pick up one of Roland's talismanic guns and join the fight.
If you're a fan of this series you already know this book is good. If you have not read/heard any of these pick up the first gunslinger book and get yourself hooked. Great book, but you need to read the previous ones to really get into it.
King introduces you to some old friends!
I recomend you read/listen to "Salems Lot" for some rewarding Tie ins before you read this one! You will not regrit it...
You'll want to read all these stories again, and again!
5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.
Further development of deep, original characters.
Great action, great story, great reader.