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.
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.
Let me first start off by remarking that the Dark Tower series is one of the most remarkable Sci-Fi/Fantasy series that I have ever come across. Perhaps because the author has not typically written fantasy, this series is truly a breath of fresh air to the genre. The Dark Tower series contains many new and original concepts and a host of interesting characters. After a semi-slow beginning in "The Gunslinger" the book builds momentum and creativity throughout the second book and, IMHO, peaks at the tail end of book 3 and the beginning of book 4, at the height of its creativity and suspense. Books 2-5 are all very solid and are amongst the best fantasy stories I have read. However, in book 6, I believe that King's series begins to slump a bit under its own weight. By this final book, the unusual characters and novel bits of twisted creativity that were the halmark of this series have lost most of their luster. Roland's band of unlikely fellows increasingly display more and more characteristics of "stock fantasy characters", present within innumerable (and forgettable) fantasy novels. Increasingly, the gunslingers also draw upon classic means of resolving the obstacles they encounter, and the overall tone of the book becomes that of a relentless grind to the finish. Also, the rather odd (and somewhat arrogant) device of the author appearing in his own fantasy novel is overplayed far too much in the 6 & 7th books and really is only very detrimental to the overall storyline. These qualms aside, the Dark Tower series itself is truly remarkable - and if you have made it this far in the tale, you will of course continue through to the end. I will also echo the sentiment of other reviewers and say that if you are satisfied with the sugar-coated ending before the 'coda', by all means stop. But chances are, if you have followed the dusty trails of Roland in his journey thus far, you will be much more satisfied (as I was) with the "real" ending.
The appropriate place for this review is really book one of the series. Anyone who has read this far in the series will of course read the last two books.
That said, words are insufficient to describe the level of disappointment I experienced reading this book.
King spent years building up to this conclusion and this book shows that his creativity just faded away.
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.
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.