I've been reading this series for many years and have enjoyed it more then any other King novel. I have been anticipating this last book eagerly. After reading some of the other reviews I was tempted to not buy either the book version or the audio version because i didnt want to be disappointed and I knew I would read the actual ending even after Kings warning and the negative reviews. I won't ruin it for the other readers but I will say I am so glad I downloaded this and I have already went out and purchased the book version as well. This was a fantastic ending to one heck of a trip. Very good Job you did here King, ty. And as far as your ending, I loved it and I cant believe how upset some of the other readers reacted to it. To me, the ending makes this story never die and never end.
There are many reviews here already about the content, so I won't repeat them. I thoroughly enjoyed the content, even with its flaws.
Kudos to the narrator! Rarely does one person so well depict both male and female characters, good guys and bad guys. This is the first SK book that I've listened to, so I've never heard him before, but he greatly added to my experience.
Guidall's narration is mesmerizing. Have read the first six books and thought I'd try listening to the last one to savor it and make it last longer. I'm through the third disk and I'm so glad I did this. King is a master and the narration brings all my fav characters to life. Highly recommended.
Fans of the Gunslinger will not be dissapointed in this book. King's comfort and skill in telling the story of the Dark Tower continues to build. I highly recommend it. King writes for a listening audience.
Without a doubt King's greatest work, his magnum opus, the Dark Tower series draws strength from many of his best other works while at the same infusing those novels with new vitality. While having read King's other major works (especially The Stand) is not a prerequisite, having done so will make DT an even more fulfilling experience.
DTV7 is so much better than King's other works, indeed so much better than most other works in the same genre, that comparisons are unfair to the competitors. I find myself wondering whether King plans to quit the fiction business, having nowhere to go but down.
Ten years ago I could not have conceived of comparing any work, let alone a Stephen King work with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, in my view the finest story of the 20th century.
Now, with all sincerity, not only can I do so with a straight face, I believe that The Dark Tower can, for now, claim that same title for the century just begun. To some this would be considered nearly blasphemous hyperbole. For me it is simply the only way to convey how impressive The Dark Tower series is.
I downloaded DT7 the day Audible issued it (before buying the book - which you also have to get for the amazing artwork). I listened to the story while traveling over several days and I'm sure the people in airports and on the planes wondered what it was that was so making me smile and weep.
"The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed" may become one of the best remembered opening lines in literary history. There would be no question if the series had been published under the name of Richard Bachman ;-)
Say thankya big big, sai King!
King's magnum opus comes to a breath-holding close like a violent car accident shot in slow motion. King is able to take the crazy, disorganized, non-sensical flying cacophony of characters, events, circumstances and confluences and plucks them from the air, setting them all right in the end. I regret not a single second of the many, many hours I spent listening to this series. Thank you Mr. King. I'm glad you survived the minivan. We all are.
Those who are party to the Ka-tet will stand and sing praises, those who still follow the Chrimson King will attempt to dissuade you from finishing the Journey. I cry your pardon and recommend finishing the Journey, as no matter how it ends, it really is only the beginning . . .
Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.
Sorry to be the odd man out, but as I listened to the first two thirds of this book I was thinking about the old adage of the unlimited Monkeys and typewriters. In my opinion King just loaded a verbal shotgun and kept firing words at the pages. Finally as I was reaching a point of terminal frustration, the story seemed to pull itself together and ended The ending thankfully was fulfilling.
2 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 7 - THE FINAL IN THE SERIES.
Things wrap up for the various characters. The ending for Susannah, Eddie, and Jake was acceptable, semi-good. Roland’s ending was disappointing.
Something odd that I did not like was Stephen King (SK) inserting his voice. After a favorite character is killed. SK says “I know readers are going to be angry that I killed off (this character).” In another scene Susannah saves Roland’s life and he asks her how she knew what to do. She said SK left me a note, and she showed the note to Roland. Toward the end, the narrator says “I can’t tell you what happened to Patrick.”
I also did not like the SK character role in the story. Roland visits SK and is angry that SK hasn’t finished writing the series. Later Roland visits SK when SK was hit by a van in 1999. Roland saves SK’s life so SK can keep writing the books. Other story events also happen with SK.
When J.K. Rowling killed Dumbledore, she did not write “I know readers will be angry with me for killing Dumbledore but ...” That would have taken us out of the story. In the same way I think SK hurt his story by writing what he did above.
The narrator George Guidall was fine, but he’s not as good as Frank Muller.
Genre: apocalyptic time travel fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Set in an apocalyptic future, Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)
How badly it was written. It's like all the pain from the car crash scrambled his brain for a bit. The ending was at the tritely happy and tritely dark. Bad both ways
Drop the other world language. Rewrite the whole thing
It connected a lot of other King books together.