I just finished the entire Dark Tower series on audio and this book remains my clear favorite. An excellent effort by both SK and Frank Muller. This book had me laughing out loud many times. Roland is laughably out of place in the "real world" and it makes for some killer comedy. After literally forcing myself to finish book one (the Gunslinger), this book was a welcome treat. Without this fine performance I would have never stuck with it and finished the series.
I plan to walk away from the Dark Tower series as I'm pretty burned out on the whole thing right now. But in the future, if I ever listen to any of these seven books again, it would certainly be this one.
Think of it this way: This book is the payoff for gutting your way through book one. The light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Cheers.
This was the book that hooked me into the series. A very unique story, Sci-Fi and fantasy mix with a huge upgrade in narration. Muller takes a little while to get into it. The first six hours he tended to end his sentences weird. But once you get comfortable with his style, the voices he uses absorbs you into the book. This was an easy five star rating. I only wish all 7 books were like this.
If you continue on with the other books you will find that it doesn't last. You will lose Muller in book 5 through 7, an unfortunate accident ended his career. Even the stories seem to lose uniqueness and become drawn out. At least, though, you get some great books in the middle like this one.
This book, written by King but lived by Muller, is absolute mind candy. From the moment I start listening to the anxious times I must pause this story, I'm completely immersed and feel as if I'm traveling along the beach with the forming Ka Tet.
I'm listening to the entire series and loving every minute of it.
I'm so glad I've just decided to visit the Dark Tower. Over the years I've really wanted to delve into the original "mash-up" adventure, but could never make time. But isn't that life? It has a strange way of bringing things in at just the right time. Besides, at 40, I feel I can relate to Roland and his persona so much more than at 20. A real timeless piece.
More setup which is frustrating because it shows the length the series, which is terrible news for an impatient reader like me, but at least a more compelling story than The Gunslinger.
I was excited for a journey in a future dystopia. But this book made it a tale in not so far past New York.
I'll listen to the next book but I hope it is less modern and more like the first book.
Not only is this book amazing and exciting it is read with such a grasp of every character. His voice sets every scene and moment. It was like I was watching a movie.