Yes. I think the one aspect a novel looses upon rereading is the lack of urgency to know what will happen, But with Wizard and Glass we are truly in it for the journey because we have already seen the destination. We know what becomes of Susan and Roland but we don't know how or why. I could listen to the story of their love over and over.
Despite King's reluctance to write love stories I believe he truly captured the essence of young true love in Roland's story of Susan.
I particularly enjoyed how they justify the length of the story not matching up to the length of a Normal night.
The voices! My goodness he is a talented man. I can hardly imagine the story being told in any other voice! I hope to hear more of him throughout the rest of the series because it won't be the same in any other voice.
Well that is a very simple question, Oy!
Why? Well because I think there is more to him than meets the golden-ringed eye.
Although this novel was very slow in comparison to the others. I found it to be very rewarding. It has a tone about it that says this part of the story *must* be told in order to move on. I appreciate how King has staged this plethora of exposition on Roland character.
The story was well written although I would have liked it to him followed more closely the current state of events in the history and it was a sad excuse of the ticktockman in this novel
Second to 11/22/63
He is the best in the business.
You're kidding, right. It's 25 hours.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
I loved the romantic side of the story, King rarely does romance let alone when both characters are still alive (aka Bag of Bones). King really portrays what its like to be young and in love.
Susan Delgado because I feel that she is one of the best female characters that King has written. She is both realistic and not over the top but still flawed so that we can all relate to her.
I have listened to the previous two Dark Tower book with Mullers narration and am currently listening to The Talisman which he narrates as well. Muller does an incredible job reading Kings books to the point that King called him "The man who understood the voices in my head."
Cuthbert would definitely make a great dinner companion, between his riddles and sarcastic comments it would definitely be an entertaining night.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
So, this is the fourth part of one of the greatest works of fiction that exists on the planet, and out of the 7 original Dark Tower books it's my least favorite. It seems slower and more plodding than the others. I still loved it, though.
If you've never read or listened to this series you are missing out on true greatness. Even the worst of the Dark Tower book is still better than 99% of the fantasy fiction that's out there.
M. J. D. T.
Yes, I would recommend the entire Dark Tower series to a friend, or stranger for that matter, based on this book alone.
Cuthbert is such a great character... His intelligence, lightning quick whit (imparted in no small amount due to Frank Muller - one of the greatest narrators I've ever heard) and incorruptible moral sensibilities come through with such clarity, it's simply amazing. The whole group of kids, especially Cuthbert, are so well written, that it is impossible not to believe their friendship is real. Hell, you might end up feeling as though he/they are your friend as well, as I did, while reading this book.
Frank did a particularly good job here... Very unique, distinct voices for each character. Really amazing... I loved every character that he did, but my favorite was probably the witch who you truly come to despise and hate as you would any loathsome character. Frank does an especially good job with her I think.
I liked all of the books in the series (didn't love the ending, but it's was good... just, good, not great), but this was by far my favorite. The friendship of the 3 boys as Roland recalls his past to his Ka-tet, the love story set there within and the nail biting suspense and cast of completely believable, lovable and loathsome characters make this the best book in the series for me. The beginning, middle and end were all great. Stephen King does such a great job of painting a picture of the town they're in, the people they interact with that the art from the book, having seen it AFTER reading the book, was drawn almost exactly how I had seen it in my minds eye, thanks to Mr. King and the departed Frank Muller.
The only bad thing about this book is that it ended... but all good things have to end I suppose. Too bad.
Give me your tired heroines , your huddled hobbits yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your deleted pages, and I will read.
I have much love and a profound respect for Mr. King. Like most good writers, he is at his core, a romantic. However, having a romantic nature and being a romance writer are two very different propositions. He painted himself into a corner, having made lots of promises to show us Susan, Roland's one great romance. The poor girl was occasionally cheeky, but mostly just a petulant cliche. A teen Jessica Rabbit in Wranglers who wouldn't have been worth more than a pleasant afternoon in the porch swing for Roland. And then it got scary (but not in the way crave from SK). First, there seems to be quite a lot of nipple-twisting in Hambry; a bit more than seems normal per capita. Stephen: Use it once, use it well, then leave it. Generally, the only sex that seemed remotely authentic was happening between the nastier characters. Of course, Mr. Muller's performance may have added to my discomfort; it was like being read soft core porn by your junior high drama teacher who wore the same tie every day and smelled vaguely like a two-day-old fast food bag. Read the book! You need to know this story if you're following the Beam to The Tower, but read it yourself. That may let the sticky parts be sticky in a good way, or at least allow you to step over them without getting any on ya.
If you have not read the Dark Tower series, or are reading it now, you have to read this title, but for those of us that love the series and re-read it, most of this book is skip-able. (Sorry Stephen King.) Most of this book is one long flashback to a younger Roland, and ultimately, not much is learned from it. But you have to read it at least once, so, sit back and let it happen. And it's not like it is bad or anything, just a long interruption to the rest of the series.
No, of course not.
In something I read by King, he talked about this reader, Mr. Muller, and about how he had narrated many (most?) of King's books, and then he was in an accident, and..... So, I'm not going to complain about him. He's not bad. I'm now listening to the next book in the series, with a different reader, so I'm getting used to that reader's different voices for the characters. I liked his voice in The Gunslinger and I'm sure I'll like it in this one.
It has a couple.
I'm a Stephen King fan from way back, and I love this series.
Yes this is essential to Roland's back story
Flushing out where Roland came from
Not feezable but would have loved too
Absolutely. Muller's performance is second to none, and the characters dont so muh as jump out at you but grab ahold of your shoulders and throttle you.
Im a big fan of a crafty villain, so Eldred Jonas takes the cake for his calm and collected game of castles with Will Dearbon and his friends. Sheemie is also a fantastic character introduced in this book.
Jonas' voice, the high quavery old man's voice was spot on, and when he needed to get his point across it was cold as ice.
Probably Susan. But I would like to pick Rolands brain.
This is the best book in the series in my opinion. Really makes the world of MidWorld come alive. King shows that even a backstory can be brought to the front and almost outshine the current plot. Frank muller is just phenomenal in this book, and I get chills even after relistening to it over and over again. We truly lost a legend when he passed.