Marilyn D. Alcorn
And in doing this he kept his promise which I dare say he is not aware that he had! Thank "U" Stephen. What promise you ask?
With the exception of a few fantastic scenes (the battle at the general store, the long awaited meeting of a key as yet unmet character), I really didn't care for the the long stretches of Susanna's crowded internal dialogue. I'm still a huge fan of the series and the narration, as usual, is top-notch.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
Book Five of the series, The Wolves of the Calla, is where it stumbled for me. The underlying story wasn't bad, but it felt less inspired compared to the other books and the whole thing could have been a couple hundred pages shorter.
In this book, at least, King seems to remember that he has a tale to finish, and starts moving towards the endgame. Susanna, whose body and mind have been occupied by the strange interloper, Mia, has been taken through the dark doorway into 1999 New York City, where Susanna is to be delivered of her demon baby, to dark ends. Following her by another route through time and space come the rest of the ka-tet. However, only Jake, Father Callahan, and Oy actually make it to 1999 -- Eddie and Roland go back to 1977, and straight into troubles of their own.
Much of the story, as one might guess, revolves around Susanna and her attempts to deal with Mia. Sometimes, this struggle seems to drop them into places from Mia’s experience, such as the otherworldly Castle Discordia, where her origins and nature become clearer. Other times, the two must work together, with Susanna trying to steer Mia on the right path before both of them fall into the hands of the Low Men.
Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, are on the trail of the troublesome Calvin Tower, whose inability to obey instructions leads to a sharp battle for the gunslingers. On the tail of that, they find themselves drawn to someone instrumental to their quest, who just happens to live in 1977 Maine.
As you might have heard, most of the controversy around this book has to do with the fact that Stephen King wrote himself into his own novel. On one level, he seems to be making a point about how the Dark Tower’s metaverse really *is* all encompassing, and even famous writers serve the Beam, if only as flawed creator figures. But, on another level, the whole gimmick seems to be begging the reader to believe that the Dark Tower books are Really Important. Which is why the author needed a gunslinger to show up in his own backyard and compel him to write them. To be fair, there’s probably a metaphor about substance abuse and channeling one’s addictions in there, but I wonder if King might have pulled this off better with a fictional author character, rather than his actual self -- who, presented here, isn’t all that interesting.
But, I didn’t mind this self-indulgence too much, and it was sort of interesting to hear an author palavering with his own characters. How many writers have much of anything in common with their creations?
The rest of the story moves along pretty briskly, though it’s mostly setup for the final book. There’s a sense that the characters are beginning their last approaches with destiny, and that the ultimate battle may be a hard one. For better or worse, I’ve gotten this far, and I’m in for it.
Audiobook narrator George Guidall replaces Frank Muller. Muller was popular and the reasons for his departure were sad, but I actually prefer Guidall’s more restrained approach.
Song of Susannah was pointless and went nowhere. The time would have been better spent crafting a "real" ending to Dark Tower, insted of "mailing it in" with that tired and over used ending.
This is one of the greatest stories ever written. The characters become almost like your own family and each book is like a new story. I've read the series three times and wanted to try listening to it and I'm glad I did.
My only regret is that I am going to be finished after the next book. I do have the movie to look forward to.
Well of course I recommend it to a friend. If you are reading TDT series this is a must.
I loved the narration. I think Mr. Guidall has done an amazing job narrating the books he's done in this series. As soon as he speaks I know which character he's doing , before it's clarified.
Yes, I've heard George Guidall read before. I adore his voice.
Of course it needs a follow up. Thank gosh there is one!
My title for this review is I didn't liike this one as much....as the others. That's not to say I didn't like it though. IMO it just drug on a bit(as any fan of Mr. Kings knows,he's good at that and normally I love it. But this book just didn't grab me as much as the others.I just wanted Susannah/Mia to have that dang baby(or whatever) already. I do like this book,don't get me wrong. I just didn't "feel" it like the others. Years ago I read(with my eyes) the first 3 books. When I found them on audio I was pleased. I commute an hour to work by bus so these books were a pleasant diversion to the boring ride. I have one more book to go,I've actually not read nor listened to the last of the series. Frankly I'm scared to. I wan't give away what another person from another well known site did but this persons review of another book in the series gave away book 7's ending and another important factor. So now I'm worried. I'm about to listen to It. Maybe after that one I'll be ready!
I love the dark tower series and the audio book was amazing. great performance that draws you deeper in the story.