This entire series has been the best audible book group I've listened to - and I listen to a wide variety of authors, readers and genres! The characters are well drawn, the ends of the story knit together - I only wish there were more books!
The entire series of Dark Tower- cant imagine anything else that compares.
His voice adds much to the characters -
Has to be Roland!
Please let me know of any series as well written and read as this!
Finally, after all those dollars and all those hours I made it to the end of the Dark Tower/Gunslinger series. It was long, which is why I bought them. The pacing really sagged occasionally. King can be passive/aggressive, when he's trying to create suspense. . .just frustrating. . .move it along, Steve. He also takes a particular perverse joy in beating up his characters which I found gratuitous most of the time.
I guess Steven King wanted to depress me. He did. I won't be buying any other Steven King offerings, even if they're a long audiobook series.
George was very listenable and talented.
Stephen Kings' amazing words spoken by George Guidall are truly mesmerizing. This was my first audio book, and I am hooked on this series! I am actually just finishing the last hour of the seventh and final book, and I am relishing the final words before the series concludes. I don't believe I'll be able to enjoy a drive to and home from work in the same way again. Thank you Mr. King and Mr. Guidall for bringing these amazing characters to life.
Not giving away but I cannot believe i teared a plenty!
George awesome job with the narration! Mr.King...i am amazed...wish there more ...i could listen to more for another 20 years!!! Thank you Mr.King!!! And no...i do not think your lazy!! LOL!!
The whole listening esperience was great. Listening to the books, especially the ones narrated by George Guidall, have really given me another facet to enjoy of this facinating series.
George Guidall brings a great richness to the story. With his gruff, "cowboy" voice, he really gives the story great tone.
What can I say? I'm a die hard King fan, and The Dark Tower series is just a fantastic series. The audio was really well done, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience
Love to listen to books while passing my time commuting!
Unexpected, Closure, and Enigmatic
It was great to finally reach the end of the long journey of the Dark Tower series and find out what was to happen to all the main characters.
Yes, he has done previous books in this series. I think he did a great job. The only thing I could possibly say is that there are times, when you can tell when the he picked up at a different time/day where his voice is different. I'm sure with a book this long though that is unavoidable.
There are a couple scenes that do choke you up, but I do not want to spoil it for other readers.
This book is one of those that you think about again and again after you are finished trying to reason with what has happened. Plus, with Stephen King's ties to his other book you are definitely brought back full circle again and again.
The Dark Tower series is a very long set to listen to. The final Chapter, VII, ties the loose ends up, and we are allowed to let go. It fits in with the previous books, and has the SK trademark tales, stories within the story, tangents, but it all gets tied back into the main plot and we get closure
I recommend this book, it is the final chapter, so it will not be as meaningful if the series has not been read.
George is a top notch performer, his narration was well done.
Again, this is a very long series, and it can get boring in spots. For readers who don't mind or enjoy large volumes, in series, the it's a good set to listen to. It's worth listening to the first one or two, by then you'll know if your ready to continue or not.
oh yes, a long and engrossing story that keeps you hooked and on edge the whole time
Before listening to the Dark Tower series, I never liked Stephen King's books. But I am a convert now; this book, as well as the rest of the series, was honestly most enjoyable because of the writing. While I am not the biggest fan of George Guidall's narration, King's writing makes Guidall's occasional cadence quirks more than bearable. And I am a fan of Guidall's character voices - in this case, especially Roland.
This final installment is absolutely masterful, all the way to the end. So much so that I not only wanted to re-listen to the entire series, I pretty much HAD to (and am). I am usually slightly disappointed by the end of a series that I enjoy, since it means leaving that world for good, but King has managed, in completely believable and painful beauty, to end the Dark Tower in way that means we never have to leave - we never /can/.
Since I'm slowly losing my vision, I really appreciate the audio edition. Also, the production of any audio book gives it a bit of a movie value without taking anything from the author's intentions. In fact, I suspect it adds to it because there must be some collaboration.
The strength of Susannah felt much like the glue that held this story together over so many volumes.
The last scene, or in this case, the epilogue, caught me totally by surprise.
I would love to see this series put on the screen somehow. The sheer volume of the story would be impossible to tell in one movie, but perhaps a TV series would be worthy. I've heard that Russell Crowe is being considered for the role of Roland. As much as I admire mr. Crowe's talent (and it is prodigious), I see someone more more Clint Eastwood in the title role.
Stephen King is a wordsmith extraordinaire. His tales paint a complete picture so that I can close my eyes and see his stories come to life. I've read (or heard) many of his books and this one thing continues to astound me. I never tire of his amazing abilities.