It's Steven King there is a good story here and I liked it.
I guess i didn't like the fact thst you could listen and not have any idea of the Dark Tower series. That should tell you how much involvement the 4 main characters have.
It's been many years since I traveled with Roland through Midworld, and I relished the chance to return.
This story ties well with the original series in place and characters, but had a slightly different feel and I say this in a good way. It came across a little more personal as we are treated to a glimpse into Roland's early childhood, his relationship with his parents, and his earliest days as a Gun Slinger.
The layers of stories within a story, blended so perfectly together, again shows the masterful writing of King. Other reviews have found his narration a bit flat, but I found it to add to the more personal feel of this story.
My sincere thanks to the author for his many years of great work and freely admit my selfish enjoyment of it all.
I am disappointed that Stephen King chose to read this novel on his own voice. Other readers are better than him. At least he could have pronounced Roland's last name the way I was used to it already.
Previous narrators have done a great job. Stephen King reads with no warmth and no "pull" of the listener into the story.
Maybe others will like this more than me, but I felt unhappy I even got started with this one. I put it down about an hour into it, just disgusted with it. I guess the characters' dialogue annoyed me "back then" too, but hearing them again -- and this time in Stephen's voice -- annoyed me more than ever, and made me not want to stick around to see how the plot went.
Not a good voice for narration. Stick to writing.
This book is appropriate as a stand alone story or to the devoted reader a deeper look into the Dark Tower series. The story was delightful.
The Widow Smack was my favorite character, there seems to be more to the Widow than what can be seen (or not) beneath the veil. It makes me wonder where she came from, what happened to her and why she ended up in Tree.
Stephen's skill as a narrarator continues to grow with time, his voice now to me is like a comforting old friend..... his voices and characters are given deeper and richer life by his writing and through his spoken word.
As these books accompany me during a total of 4 hours a day in traffic to and from work, it would have to be a heck of a traffic jam if I were to listen to all 7 hours in one sitting. There were times during the book, that I sat in the car waiting for a break in the story or the end of a chapter, as I was too engaged to simply stop.
Stephen King's Dark Tower Series is one that continues to unfold, even though we all know how it turns out in the end, the fact that it never ends is as enchanting as the twists, turns and connections with his other stories........
I enjoy listening to Stephen King read his own books. He is not the best actor but he knows what he was seeing in his brain and he makes it come across.
I found the story within the story to be very well done. This fairy tale could have stood alone as a book. I'm not sure that he needed to insert it into Rowland telling a story, but all in all I really enjoyed it. If you enjoyed the other books in the Dark Tower series then this is a must listen.
Stephen's narration makes this unlistenable. Why not keep with Guidal??
Love his books, and have enjoyed the various narrators. This one ruins the experience. But I will buy it in hard copy because I love the ka-tet.
Anywhere Stephen reads.
Loved the story and the trip back to Gillead, but Sai King can't do it all. The narration wasn't on par with the quality of the story. I look forward to buying this in print and re-reading it.
Absolutely not. Narration was sub par so I had to take breaks. The story was good enough that I enjoyed thinking about it when I took breaks.
This was a little different from the black tower series but it was nicely done and provided some insight to earlier years.
Another glimpse into the life and adventures of Roland Deschain.
The retelling of Roland's childhood story, being told by Roland...what an adventure.
Very grateful King provided another book to the Dark Tower Series and a great one at that. I was enthralled from the beginning. King's story telling abilities are amazing and listening to this book was like taking place in an adventure.
Stephen King's reading talents aren't quite top notch, I would have rather the book have been read by George Guidall, but it is nice to know that the delivery is exactly what King intended (since he wrote for the character).
Great book, great listen!
Hottie who can read!
Its pretty good but not the best.
Its a pretty decent companion to the Dark Tower Series.
Boring and monotone. Could barely make it through.