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.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
This is some of the finest writing that Mr. King has ever produced. As a true Constant Reader, I have read and enjoyed nearly every book that Stephen King has produced, and I can honestly say that this (may be) my favorite.
The situation left dangling at the end of book 3 is quickly resolved, and soon Roland is set to tell the story of his first love and first true test as a gunslinger. The majority of this book revolves around Roland and his original ka-tet and their adventures in Mejis as very young gunslingers. The story is steeped in battles, mystery, love and tragedy. It is a coming-of-age story that revolves around the greatest character King has ever created. Much of what Roland becomes is due to the events of Mejis and Susan Delgado.
Frank Muller was created to tell this tale. His narration and character work in this narration are flawless. He was a bright candle that was snuffed far too soon. I can not reccomend this book strongly enough. Make sure to listen to the series in order, but get to Wizard and Glass as soon as you can!
Yes but I want have too it will be in my head forever.
The Bar scene
I wish I could write like that. I wish I could hear more than one voice for all characters.
The story, within a story is great! We learn a lot about Roland before our initial meeting with him in the 1st book. In my opinion this is King at his absolute best.
Roland's dilemma and what he decides to dois great story telling.
Muller does a great job of conveying the voices of the characters. He also has a very rich sound to his voice that I never tire of hearing.
The love story was sweet and heart wrenching at the same time.
This is easily my favorite book in The Dark Tower Series! As stated great story telling by Stephen King here.
I am never tempted to listen to a book in it's entirety a one time, especially one of this length.
I listened to the whole "Dark Tower" series over a three week period. A little long, but an excellent story. This was my second listen to the whole series. Steven King's descriptive writing is excellent, this is what makes the books long.
I was completely absorbed by this book and sad when it ended
Any of the dark tower series so far but this has been the best