I fiiiiiinally have gotten around to reading/listening to this story, the fifth in the series. I began the series, devouring the first three books just out of high school in the 90's and then lost track of it. Caught up w and absolutely loved Wizard and Glass in mid 2000's so It was a real thrill - and high expectation to begin reading WoTC.
In short, King delivers, WoC captures a culture and a mythology that surely had been in existence long before Roland and the ka-tet of 19 arrived. He continues to interweave and expand with riveting clarity the connections between our world and and the parallel world of Roland's and the beam. My one "disappontment" was that I had guessed the wolves secret but it turned out to not matter. Regardless I was pacing back and forth anxiously - unable to sit due to excitement during many of the later scenes, especially in the climactic last two chapters.
George Guidal's narration is artfully crafted and performed with expert skill. The way he depicts a gravellly gutteral tone of voice for the gunslinger and then adjusts to a more nasal innocence for Jake and the different characters is wonderful. It's an enhancement to reading that makes me think I'll never go back to fiction on the page.
Wait whats that? A shimmering door? Ah the chimes! Not now, I need to finish this review... If you're a fan of the series pick up WoC it's fantastic. ...i hope these words find you well... I must go, for there are other worlds than these
I love how Stephen King weaves characters from his previous novels into the Dark Tower series. Learning what happened to the priest from 'Salem's Lot is certainly a welcome surprise. I can't wait to see how his part continues to play out, AND I can't wait to see who else gets woven in.
George Guidall did an okay job with the reading, but on the whole I prefer Frank Muller's interpretation of the characters.
I can't wait to see what happens next!! Bring on Song of Susanna!
As with most listeners I was disappointed to hear about the loss of Frank Muller. I read a LOT of poor reviews from George Guidall's reading so, after finishing wizard and glass I waited a good 6 months to start Wolves of the Calla. I have to say that I feel George did an amazing job!!! I was pleasantly surprised and truly enjoyed listening to this. So much so I plan to give he gunslinger a listen before moving on to song of Susannah.
Like most King novels this one had its share of bizarro world; however, it works.
I still find the wastelands (Blaine the mono) and wizard and glass my favourites so far but I am looking forward to reading more of Roland's tale...
If you are buying this one then you are probably already deep into the series. This book just keeps raising the stakes to our wanderers and leaves you with a longing to hear or read what will happen next. Sit back and enjoy the ride
love these books with each one posing more questions than answering the world of the dark tower becomes more crazy and mysterious than ever and the situation more dire can't wait to hear the next one almost makes me sad im so close to the end of the series
Wolves of the Calla is a perfect follow-up to book IV. If you have been reading the series and made it here...keep going, you won't be disappointed! The reason I am writing this review is because I almost didn't purchase the audio book due to the many negative reviews about the narrator, George Guidall. I am very happy that I did buy the audio book and continued listening to this series.
George Guidall has to transition into his role as narrator. He is replacing Frank Muller who did an amazing job with the first 4 books...as a listener, I came to really LOVE Frank Muller's interpretation of the characters and their voices. He helped me create a wonderfully vivid world in which Roland and his Ka-tet wandered. He will be missed as a narrator. With that said, George Guidall is very good as well. He starts out stiff and at first I was a little disappointed. However, after a few chapters he finds his rhythm, he does justice to Stephen King's novel. If you are worried about the narration...don't be...purchase the audio book. I am on the final audio book in the series and I have come to love George Guidall's interpretation as well. Don't be put off by the negative comments about George Guidall...he does find his rhythm and voice.