If you want to skip one of the books, this is the one to skip.
2 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 6 IN THE SERIES:
A lot of writing about not much. I’d condense the main events into something short and put it at the end of the former book or beginning of the next book. The main stories in this book are:
Mia inhabits Susannah’s body and forces her to sneak away from the rest of the group. She goes to 1999 New York. Jake, Oy, and Callahan go after her.
Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine. They want to buy vacant land from Calvin Tower. They also meet with Stephen King the author. Roland asks S King to finish writing the Dark Tower books.
At the end of the audiobook, there are 51 minutes of Stephen King talking about things happening in his life at various times during the writing of The Dark Tower - like being inspired by a movie or book he had seen and putting that into The Dark Tower. Also, his wife tried to get him to stop taking walks along a certain road, but he wouldn’t stop. Later he almost died when hit by a vehicle on that road.
The narrator George Guidall was fine, but he’s not as good as Frank Muller.
Genre: apocalyptic time travel 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). Set in an apocalyptic future, 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”)
Really enjoyed all the action and progression of the story. Muller>Guidell. It's sad Muller can't perform anymore :(
Love the Dark Tower Series. Somewhere down the road I'm going to re-listen so I can be back with the four of them. Stephen King at his best.
Mia is the character you love to hate. Felt like it dragged in some parts, but all of Mia's backstory was relevant. Pleasantly surprised to get the "why" in the prophesy as well.
It was incredible to see Stephen King making an appearance in this story. He was insinuated into the story in a way that was believable and entertaining, not cheesy. His creativity knows no bounds.
I gotta say, I can't wait to see how Stephen King will remedy that ending!!
Love the Dark Tower series!!