Best so far. Roland became human. We were finally able to see into the heart and the mind of the gunslinger. This one keeps your interest from the begining to the end. How does King do it?
"Does everyone in your world just tell one kind of story at a time? Don't they ever eat stew?"
Awesome falls short when describing this book. It is just as Roland says... a stew of many kinds of stories. The entire series is like a culmination of all of King's greatest works merging together and joining as a whole and unique tale. If you're not hanging on the edge of your seat, anxious to hear what happens next, you're not listening.
In addition, the reader is outstanding. His ability to carry the characters through their emotions, delivering not just the words but the feeling too... is one of the best I've ever heard. Its a must for any King fan, and for anyone who enjoys a great story.
King is at his best here. I am a romantic as well as a sci-fi/horror fan and King can masterfully multitask in both areas simultaneously. The insight into Rolands past is invaluable to fans of the Dark Tower series (and readers of The Stand will find a bit for themselves as well in this work).
Of the Dark Tower books to this point, Wizard and Glass is not my favorite; in fact, only The Gunslinger rates lower. While it was nice to learn more about Roland's childhood and some of the events that turned him into the man we met in the first book, King unfortunately dips into maudlin, soap opera land far too much. The relationship between Roland and Susan is an important aspect in Roland's journey towards the Tower, but it just got too much at time. The saving grace of this book is Frank Muller's exceptional reading. For fans of the Dark Tower this is, of course, a must read; but you may end up doing what I did: fast forward through the boring parts.
I read the print version back when it came out and enjoyed it for what it was, I would consider it the better version if only because I skimmed though the middle part of the book in an effort to move the story along.
I found his accents really helped bring the setting of the book out more than just reading it would have.
It is worth a listen just to give you the ending The Wastelands should have had and the story Roland tells the group is interesting but it hardly moves the plot of the Dark Tower series forward.
It did not have the unusualities that I want and expect from this author.
WEAK 3 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 4 IN THE SERIES.
This is the back story of how Roland met his love interest Susan Delgado when he was 15. He had just become a gunslinger. His dad sent him to the town of Mejis due to a threat on Roland’s life. While in Mejis, Roland and his two buddies are up against thugs, a corrupt mayor, and the witch Reah.
There were a few good scenes. But I wasn’t engaged as much as I was in the previous books. It reminded me of good guys fighting bad guys in the movies. Roland does some smart things. The bad guys use magic to tell them what Roland is doing so they can counter it. The characters felt generic. Although I did enjoy some of the words and the way the characters talked.
There are several sex scenes. They are not explicit, mostly referred with no details. A few of them have an ick factor when Susan is molested against her will.
Most of the book is the above story set in the past. At the end, there is a short story which is a twist on the Wizard of Oz. Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy finds some ruby red shoes that happen to fit them. They put them on, click their heels, and are transported to a wizard in a castle. It was not necessary for developing the plot. It was odd but ok.
NARRATOR: Frank Muller was fabulous - as always.
Genre: apocalyptic fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)
I loved this, absolutely loved it. King is at his best and if you are a fan of this series it's going to be hard not to like it. I really enjoyed the narrator of this book also. Recommended.
... is that they really shouldn't write love stories. King is great at fantasy, horror or science fiction, but the relationship between Roland and Susan develops too slowly and remains to be defined by raw attraction and the difficulties they face rather than any positive interactions of their personalities. In the end, Susan remains a rather shallow character and readers will emphasize more with the bumbler or even the man in black than with her.
Having read the whole otherwise excelent series, I would say you can skip this book without missing much enjoyment and without lacking much context later in the story.
The three stars are only for the first 2 hours of the book. With the Wizard and the glass, I think Steven King is running out of Ideas, I couldn't wait to listen to it and see if how the Gunslinger and his three companions got off the monorail Blan.This was only half of part on of the book, Most of the story is a story within a story of the early gunslinger's life. Steven King used pieces of his past book "The Stand" and then taken liberties by using Wizard of OZ. It was a shame that I had to use one book credit for this.