Very beautifully written but very abstract, if you like poetic stories with no strong ties to a logical progression of a plot you will love this book, if you require a stronger driven story with plot easier to grab on to this may not be to you.
I have never read Stephen King before, so I was anxious to hear this one. BAD, BAD, BAD. I didn't get through the book and stopped after 3:30 hours. I haven't stopped a book in over two years of hearing books on tape. The story line is slow, the characters are not very interesting, and I found myself switching to the radio often because I was falling asleep at the wheel. This book did nothing to awaken my imagination and my only wish was for the book to end.
It seemed like the whole purpose of this book was to set up another book in the series. There was really nothing interesting or even entertaining about this book. Spend your money elsewhere. This was the worst read out of anything I have listened to from audible.
5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.
I have passed this story by because I like fantasy and don't care for King's horror.
This is a great fantasy, wild west, love story book.
I felt that this was a sacred journey as I neared the end of the book.
Addicting and Amazing.
I thought this was the best of the Dark Tower series. It is much more of a brilliant sketch than any of the others, and that is it's strength. A strange threading of themes and scenes that provoke, rather than answer the questions of the story. In the end, the narative leaves you somewhere rather than wrapping itself up in an ending. Which is interesting in light of the 6 books which came later. This is the only one which is truely a story about the Gunslinger.
Very well written. Typically Stephen King. The images are so well described that you believe that you're standing right there.
This was one long excrutiating walk through the desert without any water. I found no one to root for, nothing to give me hope that something was actually going to happen, and the meandering "plot" left me wondering what it was all about. The tone reminded me of the old Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns that always bored me and left me wondering "is that all there is?" Frankly, I finally gave up and moved on to another book that was actually worth my time and effort. Thankfully I only ordered this first episode in the "epic saga" - I won't be ordering any future volumes or investing any more time in following this character on whatever his quest is.
This story consists of a sequence of disgusting images with no redeeming storyline. I am haunted by the image of a young boy (my son's age) tasting his own excrement as his guts are forced out his mouth by the automobile that runs over him. The physics of the story world and the behavior of the characters are so unlike the real world and real people that the story has no relevance to the listener. A thousand mile long lightless tunnel inhabited by mutilated people may be scary, but it says nothing about our lives. The pointless ending is blatantly stolen from the Dr. Seuss classic "Horton Sees a Who". Read Dr. Seuss instead. He will enrich your life with an insightful story rather than simply leave you with ugly memories.
I am not a fan. I am fantasy reader and needed a new author and received alot of suggestions to read Stephen King. I didn't find the book captivating. I essentially only finished it because I hate to waste.
The reader did a good job, but the content was dry, I guess maybe I like more shot them up, poke them in the eye.
The story was disconnected and monotonous. It took a great amount of effort to continue listening. It is possible that the abridged version would be more enjoyable but I doubt it. The only thing worse than the story was the ending.Sorry Steve not your best work.