At last I am done. That was my feeling as I finished it. This book took me twice as long as it should. I had to listen to other books to break up the boredom and monotony. Again, double time on my iPod helped. I am still baffled at the decline in writing as the series wrapped up. I think King was just trying to do a favor to his fleet of rabid fans who were screaming for a concluding book. What you get is a weird, boring, uninspiring conclusion to a series that had so much potential.
If you got this far, this review won't matter. You have to muscle through this like I did. It will make you anxious to start a new book that will get you back into audiobooks again. It will also teach some a lesson when picking a series of books as it taught me. I will from now on read reviews of the last book of the series and try to fish through all of the fluff reviews to get to the ones more critical. Also, if narrators change half way through the series, a big red flag.
Good luck on this one. It was a long road. I hope it finishes better for you than it did for me.
There are many who have a problem with the ending so if you want a happy ending stop when he tells you to. The ending is fitting also keep in mind there will be another book King is planning on starting it in September. The biggest thing for me was saying goodbye to the wonderful rich characters. After listening to seven books on the road I laughed I cried and I felt like these were my friends, which is the whole point of phenomenal writing. All I can say is thank you Stephen King for a wonderful journey and a story that I will share with my children when the time is right. Long days and pleasant nights to you all.
I just finished this last installment in the Dark Tower series. And I must say, I think this may be the best book series I've ever read (or listened to in this case). This last book really digs deep into the characters and shows just how far the journey has taken them as people. As I was listening to this one, I kept reflecting back to the characters as they started and realizing how much they've developed.
If you've been following the entire series, you will not be disappointed. If you are thinking about starting the series, do yourself a big favor: go to the first book of the series (The Gunslinger) and get started.
I loved the whole series. I listened to the end and although the last books broke my heart they were perfect. Well worth the wait!
A lot of the reviews are telling listeners to end the series early, but some of my favorite parts of the adventure take place in the final 3 dark tower books. And it seems that most people either love or hate the ending, I happen to be of the kind that loves the way the story ended.
The very first audiobook that I had listened to was Hearts in Atlantis. I was always a little disheartened at the way Ted Brautigan and the other world of the Low men and the breakers remained a mystery. After finishing the Dark Tower, I feel like that has been satisfied along with Roland's tale.
And of course, Guidall's narration is once again a pleasure to listen to.
I was actually quite pleased with the ending, I like how he teased us by implying that there would be none, and then gave it to us. I would agree with other reviews that stated that this was the only way it COULD end.
I was displeased with the series from "Song of Susanna" onward, because King writing himself into the series ruined my suspension of disbelief and made me stop caring about the characters, similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Last Action Hero"; it's hard to care about characters when the narrative points out that they aren't real. This book redeemed the last part of the series for me somewhat.
Overall, with the Gold plan this series was a great buy, I saved at least $100 over the itunes price and got over 100 hours of listening. Great value.
I loved, loved, loved the series and loved the narration. Was at first disappionted when the narrator changed halfway through the Dark Tower series (loved the first narrator too) but quickly grew to know the new voice. Great books, great narration. It is a real talent when you can tell which character is speaking by the different voices the narrator is able to do. Didn't get five stars because Jim Dale has set the bar for reading for me, would have given 4 1/2 if I could.
OK, but marred by a weak ending. King gets big penalty points from me for the ending of this book considering the length of the series and commitment it demands from it's readers. The annoying vampire BS continues in this book as well and I've been critical of this component. As if we didn't have enough characters and issues to think about, well... throw in vampires and their agents, the low people! And don't forget the Tahines, please...
The Crimson King is a bit of a let down also, though SK is clever with how he is dispatched
With Song of Susannah (not too good) and now The Dark Tower, both written in 2004, I get the feeling that King was writing fast and furious to finish these. Overall I like the series, but it peaks with books 2-5.
I started reading the Dark Tower when I was 8 the gunslinger was the first book that sparked my interest in reading. 20 years later I finaly get to finish the story. Never would I have expected the end of the sieries to end the way it did I was stunned then angry then took several minutes to step back and think about it and realized that this was the only way it could have ended. The ending I will say churned around in my brain for serveral days and I finaly came up with a way to sum it up. Ultimate Twilight Zone Plot Twist. To King, I dont know if you or any of your people will ever read this, Thank you I started reading because of one of your books and have since read everything published by you, and many other authors. You created a need a hunger for knowledge that is my tower and as Eddie would say, Im a tower junkie.