The narration was so distracting, I couldn't get into the story. Listened to no more than 20 minutes, tops, before I had to shut it off.
If you loved books I-IV, you will hate book IV. Not for the content which I haven't even read but for the narrator. I have listened to the foreword and the first chapter and had to put it down.
For those of you who don't know, Frank Mulller who read Books I-IV was in a motorcycle accident in 2000 and never fully recovered. He passed away in June of 2004. With Muller not being able to read, George Guidall took over and he destroyed the audio narration of the Dark Tower Series. Eddie's accident is pathetic and Susan is just as bad.
I for one am going to have to find the time to sit down and read the book the old fashion way because there is no way I will be able to get through another 64 hours (Book V, VI, and VII time combined). Simon & Schuster Audio really screwed this up big time.
Spend your money on another audiobook. Maybe the Great Gatsby narrated by Frank Muller.
I have been listening to The Dark Tower Series from book 1. I absolutely LOVED Frank Muller and his variety of voices. This latest reader just leaves me cold, however. I looked to see if maybe I could expect Muller to be back for books VI and VII, but no such luck.
This guy's voice sounds like a shaky old man's voice, no matter which character he is reading. Sometimes gets REALLY confusing.
Only 4 stars because of the reader.
Honestly, I'm extremely disappointed by the person they have reading this fifth book. Frank was amazing and had the personality down perfect for each character. All the main important characters were very distinct.
With this other guy, they all sound the EXACT same, with a lisp. Seriously, I am so disappointed by this guy I dont even have the appropriate words for it.
Great book, crappy crappy narration. Thumbs down for that alone. *sighs*
I just finished listening to The Wolves of the Calla. I felt the reader was excellent and the story was compelling and a must read for those who want to get to the Dark Tower. But this story does not warrant over 935 pages. Don't get me wrong, if a story is engaging and the plot is moving at an understandable pace then alright. But we are given back story after back story and there is really never any mystery of what will happen in the end. King as always does an excellent job of immersing you into his world, but at a point it gets a little annoying and you are just hoping that the actual story of the book will get going. I did enjoy the book and I love the characters, but this thing could have been cut in half and it would have had the same, if not better impact.
If you must read the final two, go ahead, but this is the only really decently written of the three. Great story, great narration.
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?