NO - SK is such a great writer and a terrible narrator. I ended up buying the book and reading it for SK’s voice was so painful.
EVERYTHING - really
Classic King. Great story and story within the story. The Dark Tower series is by far my favorite story. Was very glad to see a new installment come out.
Couldn't even finish the audio book as king's reading was more horrific then his books. Will get the paperback and hopefully channel George Guidall while reading it.
Since the early 80's I've read every Stephen King novel as soon as it came out. Which means I waited a long time to get through the main Dark Tower series. But while I was happy to hear that a new novel would be coming out, I was worried it would be the "Godfather 3" of the series. Fortunately, I think the new novel fit right into the overall series and I was happy Mr. King decided to revisit his old stomping grounds.
Unlike many of the reviewers, I didn't find his narration to be all that bad. Stephen King is definitely not a professional level actor - he has proven that multiple times - but I thought he did an adequate job in this case.
I have been a Stephen King reader since Salem’s Lot and have enjoyed most of his books. My husband and I are particular fans of the Dark Tower series and looked forward to this novel with anticipation. Unfortunately not only is the story not up to par with King doing a story within a story within a story but he narrates himself and shouldn’t. His voice just isn’t suited to it and his inflections and voices are awful! Such a dissappointment!
Say something about yourself!
This is a "bonus feature" book. It's a tale (within a tale (within a tale)) told by Roland while he and the ka-tet take shelter from a storm immediately after Book 4: Wizard and Glass.
The first problem is that this rambling tale brings the overall series to a grinding halt, and it's really not that consequential. It's more like a deleted scene from that second DVD that comes with a movie you really love. It's something to pass the time if you really like the series, but I imagine a casual fan would find it pretty tedious.
The second problem is that Stephen King's narration doesn't fit the book. I happen to like Stephen King's narration when it's one of his "everyman" stories like "Bag of Bones" or "Needful Things." Here, it's a bad fit, kind of like Woody Allen reading the Lord of the Rings.
Finally, the last thirty minutes or so of the audiobook is a preview of "Doctor Sleep", the sequel to "The Shining." This is worth the price of the audiobook. Stephen King is up to top form, and his narration is spot-on. Because of the sneak peak, I left this mediocre audiobook exhilarated, and looking forward to readling the whole thing in 2013.
Well, like the other fans, a return to our beloved characters in the Dark Tower ... even though we were dropped into another story within a story, it was still an adventure and seems to fit nicely into the other Dark Tower books.
Well, quite a few memorable moments, but the main characters are not part of the main story (within the story) ... yet I enjoyed seeing more from the evil wizard as he continued to manipulate even inside the embedded stories.
His ON Writing is an excellent book for any aspiring author or even for those who would like to know more about King's background and writing career.
Yes, the adventure kept the reader (listener) continually craving more ..
The book was a 'slight' disappointment only because I wanted more dark tower 'meat' like beams, wizard's rainbows, tricks by Marvin/Merlin/Flagg and encounters with Suze, Jake, Eddie, and Roland. Otherwise I did enjoy it , just wanted more main character adventure.
- still recommended by all Dark Tower fans. Not recommended for those who have not yet read the Dark Tower as it would not be as exciting to be introduced to a bunch of new characters who show up long enough to sit around while the gunslinger tells stories...
The story is great, and I love that it connects a few pieces of the puzzle together. However, I do wish I would have just read the book instead of listening to Stephen King narrate. He is my favorite writer, but he doesn't really act out any of the voices, or change the fluctuation of his voice much. He almost a little monotone, It's kind of hard to listen to.
A Dark Tower fan, I loved the tale within a tale within the tale. Stephen King paints dark but lovely pictures in words that tend to shock, amuse, and tantalize all at the same time. I don't usually enjoy his narration as much as others, but he did a wonderful job making the characters come alive in my imagination. Some of the references to events in the other parts of the Dark Tower series were difficult to "ken" because I listened to them several years ago, but overall it was complete novel without leaving you with loads of loose ends.