THis book was a nice start to the ending of the Dark Tower series. It helped develop some characters and let them shine in their own way by splitting up the ca-tet. It was good to see how each characters, both old and new, role in the story is important and the start of how it all ties together.
It's interesting that the pacing of the novels continues to increase as the series continues - in book 1, we have the Gunslinger making his way across the desert, seemingly without any particular deadline but still with a purpose. Now in book 6, the characters seem to have so much to accomplish and so little time to accomplish it - pulled in so many different directions by their fears, their duty and Ka (their fate). It is unimaginable that I not continue reading these books - Stephen King's masterful story weaving has tied me to the fate of the characters as surely as any rope or chain.
Great reading by George Guidall as usual.
All is coming to a climax at this point, will they live will they die, will the tower stand of fall. Jam packed with action and a nice little paradox, along with Mia's development you might find she is not so evil.....ok she is evil but.... lol
I have liked and read king's books for years. He has a way of making a person half crazy. I waited for the end of the Dark Tower stories for a long time.
I've listened to each of the books before this one wondering why I was sticking with the series. Despite King's writing and storytelling showing improvement with each installment, the series just seemed to be wandering around, like a tv series with no real ultimate goal except to keep the characters doing something.
This book finally does something. It begins to delve into questions of why, and it takes some clever turns, and King really seems to be enjoying it now. Be sure to listen to the Coda at the end, too--it's not just a footnote, it is part of the story. At least I think it is.
I almost gave this one five stars, but there are parts that still seem unsatisfactory to me. Much of Susannah's tale seems strained, for instance, as though King was trying too hard to make it work. Overall, though, a strong book. I've given others in this series a four when I felt they were three and a halfs, and this one I give a four when it's a four and a half. I'm stingy with fives, or I'd round it up.
I LOVE the Dark Tower books. This book is where it either gets too weird for you or it absolutely pulls you in and holds you. I can't explain without giving away the plot. What I will say is that if you have made it this far in the DT then your gonna love it.
This book is (just like the rest in the series) a really good listen. if you've not heard or read the previous books, I seriously recommend that you go back and do that before getting into this one. I've listened to this whole series a few times and each time I fall in love with all the characters, the narration, and Stephen King-of whom i wasn't a fan until the Dark Tower, which made me read or listen to all his books i could get my hands on, and i love just about every one. I have to say that this book is exciting on it's own, but that it is truly more of a necessary step to get from book 5 to book 7, if you know what i mean? none the less, this book rocks!
The writing for this series really took a dive after the last book. Spare yourself the Misery of listening to the rest of this series.