Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
This is undoubtedly the weakest of the 7 Dark Tower novels...but cannot be overlooked for obvious reasons. King does, from time to time, loose his way occasionally in some stories, and this installment represents that flaw...in my humble opinion.
The characterization of Susannah and the others remains pretty consistent, but the arc of the story gets a little strange. The good thing about this book is that it isn't as long as most of the others. There is some vital information here in regards to the Dark Tower story, and it isn't BAD...just not up to the same standards as the rest of the series.
George Guidall does a very nice job with the narration.
This part of the saga should have had a conclusion with the cliff hanger being a tease for the next book. I get the distinct impression that the author didn't put his heart into this one, he probably needed more money for his beer. Writting himself into the story was tacky and added to the impression that he wasn't stepping up to the plate. I've enjoyed all the other books even though there were many slow parts but this one took the buscuit... and my money!
No, but it has confirmed my suspicion that SK adds lots of superfluous text in order to bulk up the book rather than the story.
I have a long driving commute so George brings a lot, I can't read while driving! I like his voices and general tone and tempo, he does a very nice job.
Add the last couple of pages to the start of the next book (The recap is probably there anayway) and this book becomes redundant. It adds nothing to the overall saga and would not be missed. Don't bother buying this, go straight to the next book.
I got so bored with the Susanah/Mia situation. In the first place I could not imagine the one person/two person transition. And it just went on, and on, and on. I was really glad when this book ended.
Well, I don't especially care for George Guidall, I was spoiled by Frank Muller, but Mr. Guidall did an OK job. I guess he is growing on me.
The book sparked boredom in me. Let's get on with the story, OK?
I really enjoyed the first few books, but maybe this series is just a little too long for me. I'm listening to the last book now, so it won't be long. One thing I really like about Stephen King is his character development, and their interaction with each other. One of my favorites was Duma Key.
The story was ultimately pointless. King starts to put a lot of mystic lingo that is just antithetical to the spirit of the first books.
No I read them all
Yes George Guidall is great!
I don't really remember any characters.
A sad sign of the last book to come.
This is really the beginning of the end for me. The story takes a noticeable dip in quality. Horror and gore become the center piece and less sci-fi / fantasy feel. Now it feels like a flight of ideas from the author with filler to complete the series. This coupled with Guidall brings the series to a dramatic low in quality. How I finished this book I still don't know.
For some reason I feel King decided to just wrap up this series and move on to other books he really wanted to write. You just kept asking yourself, how did I get to this from those great books 2 and 3. When did the series derail. And this time Muller is not available to save it. Guidall just drives it further into the ground.
I think a Stephen King fan is the only one who will enjoy the end of this series. Most will put the ipod on double time and just get through it. Guidall's narration actually sometimes seemed better in double time. Go figure.
Steven King has obviously becomes bored with this series... at one point he sums up the who storyline of the series in a single chapter, more information concerning the plot then in all the other books combined. Then... we write HIMSELF into the story line as a character in the book. I put this one away for awhile and may or may not have interest to pick it up again... not the way I wanted to remember this, up to now, simply outstanding series of books by Steven King.
King is starting to lose it here, after a very fetching and mostly satisfying Gunslinger series. Distinct feeling he was ready to get done with this part of his life. SofS is barely listenable, despite the mad skills of George Guidall. Still, it's better than the last book.
As others have said, lots of fill, not enough story. I just recently D/L'd the entire series. And I have to say this one kind of drags and could have been about 10hrs shorter. I loved the earlier books and the earlier narrator also..
This guy reading it now doesnt really try to change his voice much when switching between people. Skip this book..
This is the one book in this series that could have been eliminated. Vampires, low people, Tahines, vulger and horrific imagery. As has been pointed out by others, along the (long) line Stephen King segues from sci/fi western to horror, peaking with this installment. At times I found myself scratching my head wondering if King was intent on throwing everything into this series AND the kitchen sink.
It also gets pretty confusing in places and King takes a lot of license. Too much. You're pretty well stuck with "Song" though as you've (no doubt) read the five before this on your way to the finish.
My reviews of this series would look like a bell curve. Slow and low rated to begin, picking up dramatically with the second and third books, peaking with the fouth, holding well with the fifth, sharply declining with the sixth, with a fair to middlin' finish.
After listening to this through twice, I'm really happy I did. It gave a great insight into the Susannah/Mia plotline but also brought the author into the story. If you take what he says in the "diary" into account, I think the next book is going to be very interesting...
But I have to ask, did any of the negative reviewers even LISTEN to the whole story?? Didn't you get any of it? It doesn't appear so, given some of the questions being asked here. Did you really think that was King's actually diary? Heh? Uh, did you notice what the very last section was about?? The dates? Hello?
Anyway, can't wait for the last book...