I ended up loving this series so yes; with the proviso that the whole series is read. I believe SK wants this one filed after the Wolves of Calla.
At one point I thought I am wrapped up in a story within a story within a story and loving every minute of it.
Hmm, not sure; but he is getting better at narrating his own stories. I do miss George Guidall.
I love Stephen King's writing and ability to flesh out the characters. I was resistant to this series and did not listen to them for a while. I'm glad I finally broke down and got into these.
The rest of the series was narrated so wonderfully that having to listen to King was almost unbearable.
The stories that Roland tells in this book as the katet is sitting out the starkblast are like mini novels that are easy to lose yourself in. King is the king of full, likeable characters and monstrous villains. The people are so believable, it is like hearing from old friends again. I didn't want this book to end- and have listened to it several times. And since King narrates the book, it is especially good.
Tis book might be compared to The Wastelands because the adventures told in it are so complex.
My favorite scence is when the boy meets and frees the tiger.
Something about yourself!
A professional narrator would have made a big difference.
I have most of the books written by King.
King is a great writer but a lousy narrator. He was monotone and was not dramatic in the reading.
I was sad about the audiobook. A different narrator would have made the book a better experience.
I love it when Stephen King reads his own books. Others might read it better, but there is something special about an authors reading their own books.
Great read, hard to put down. Sorry when it was over.
I wish I would have stayed with the print version. It would have been far less distracting.
I enjoy every trip to mid-word, King's ability to provide a great story never disappoints.
King's skill is in writing. His inability to narrate a story becomes distracting and the characters manage to come off lifeless and flat. It made it difficult to focus on enjoying the experience.
Stick with the print version and enjoy a wonderful chapter in "The Dark Tower"
I really enjoyed this book and didn't even mind Stephen King's narration. It was different than how George narrated the previous books, but I don't think that made it bad. Maybe it's just me, but Stephen's reading of Bag of Bones is one of my very favorites.
Honestly, anything that will bring more time and more stories to this collection, I am all for it.
This constant reader says thanks!
I didn't listen to it because Stephen King was horrible. I went out and bought the book.
Please Mr. King stick to writing and not reading to your audience. I loved the book and an glad I bought the actual physical book to read.
As everyone has noted, King is a better writer than narrator. He should definitely keep his day job. As jarring and irritating as it was in the beginning, it grew on me. ? By the last third of the story it was just there...someone telling me a story.
It is a stand alone story and doesn't impact on the overall Dark Towers story arch. However, it offers a bit more depth on the Roland character and is a pleasant visit with old friends. I enjoyed the story within a story...within a story format.
I would have had a Professional voice actor read this story. As far as the Story goes, it could have been a little more Gun Slingerish. Yes I know it's a story within a story, but for Gad's Sake, it seemed like the biggest character and Villain was the Storm. So we are revisiting really nothing as far as the Dark Tower is concerned.
As with most King stories the Ending seems a bit of a let down...then you let it sit with you. Then you sit alone in the dark and wonder, "Why the hell do I do this to myself?". Then you pull out the old "It is what it is" to make yourself feel better.
In the beginning it was very hard to tell which character is which. Typical King. Towards the end he got a little more into it, by that I mean he fluctuated his voice a tad more.
Yeah, only if you had listened to the whole Dark Tower series. Then it's a must. On it's own it's...Meh.