Please read/listen to the other books in the series first, you will certainly be glad that you did. In any case, this book is wonderful. It's probably my favorite in the series because we get to hear Roland's story, at least part of it, enough of it, and what a wonderful story it is! Frank Mueller is hands down the best narrator I've ever listened to.
I've read and head the entire Dark Tower series and this was my least favorite. That said, it's still a good book and well worth the read (listen). Like the other dark series books, it's quite lengthy and King does a great job on character development. The only issue I had was the anti-climatic nature of the book and it seemed a bit out of place amoung the other Dark Tower series. Somewhat of a timeout from the other books.
This is an excellent book by Stephen King. The narator is a bit over dramatic in the beginnig but tones down with most voices and manages a number of different characters well. I read the first three books myself and look forward to listening to the rest of this series with this narator.
Wow. I read "the Gunslinger" when it 1st came out, but I waited for the story of the Dark Tower to be completely finished because I hated waiting in between for the next book. Then I found Audible and took my time downloading them. I listened to The Black House and realized how much I loved these kinds of books by Stephen King so I began listening to this series. This series has now beat out "The Stand" as my favorite Stephen King book/books. I don't want this story to end...luckily I have a few more books before that. I looked ahead an am disappointed to see that Frank Muller is not the narrator for all of the rest of the books. He is fabulous.
Classic Stevie King... narrated wonderfully by Frank Muller, who's voice and voice acting are perfect for the story.
This was my first audible purchase, and the best thing i could have done! The writing was mesmerizing, the reading of it was top notch, and led to several hours of sitting in my car finding out how the chapter ended well after I had gotten to where I was going! I am not the biggest Steven King fan, but that guy does know how to tell a story! Invest in all of the Dark Tower books, Right Now!
This series just keeps getting better. The combination of King's colorful writing and Frank Muller's brilliant narration makes for an extremely entertaining listen.
I've now completed the first 4 books of the series and all I can say is "Wow!" I've been a long-time fan of King and have enjoyed seeing his writing style mature as time has passed. This is by far one of his best books and definitely the best of the DT series... so far. The peek into Roland's past is fascinating since it provides so much insight into the tragedy that has motivated him in his quest for the Dark Tower. It's also quite heartbreaking - I won't going into details that would ruin any of the suspense for someone considering this book, but will say that the events that unfold in the book left me quite moved and literally standing with my jaw agape at one point.
Frank Muller deserves an award for his narration of this series. Simply put it is phenomenal - he manages to pull of a large variety of voices, including female ones, without sounding forced, fake, or downright fooling. Some of the voices grate on the listener's nerves in just the right way (e.g., the voice of the witch).
I wish I found Roland's past as exciting as everyone else. Of course, none of these reviews really matters. Once you start, King hooks you and you're off to the races. Read the first three? Then you know you're going to finish the series. Go ahead, click "add to cart." It's okay, we all know you're going to do it. See you at the Dark Tower; I'll be the one wearing the big smile.