Plain and simple to get a DT novel again is great. Recently I listened to all the DT books and must say how disappointing it was going from Frank Muller to George Guirdell. Now since Mr.Muller had an accident and could no longer perform it made the whole thing even sadder yet understandable. However going from George to Stephen shows just how good George actually is which just goes to show Frank was,a Master storyteller. To Kings credit I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Bag of Bones narrated by him, but BoB delt with thoughts and dialogue mainlyof just 1 character, that King portrays quite well. However when he attempts a child, black women, new yorker, and gunslinger it really just becomes him reading a book. With the talent Frank Muller had now gone (Rip) I would have really loved to hear Raul Esparza who did magnificent with under the dome and I think might be right up there with F.M. Even George reprising his role would have been nice. Not sure why King read himself but I think there,are,a,few stories that King can do a good job with and this is not it. Atleast now when listening to all 8 books in order instead of loving the first four and being disappointed listening to the last 3 there will now be 4.5 in between which will totally kill the performance so once you get to 5 it will actually be more pleasant. Great story though without a doubt!
Learning that another Dark Tower novel was going to be released in 2012 thrilled me to no end. I loved all seven of the books released before this one. I honestly felt like it still wasn't enough. Guess I'm truly a tower junky, as Eddy Dean would undoubtedly say. Well, why not? No fictional setting has captivated me more than Midworld. As for protagonists, Roland has to be my all time favorite. I've missed traveling along the path of the beam with his ka tet so it was wonderful to revisit this story again.
I'm sure there are folks who will tell you that King can't narrate for... well, you know. I think he does a great job when he decides to narrate his own books. It's an honor when an author decides to devote his or her time to reading something. It usually means that they're passionate about a particular story they've written. I've always felt as if King was most passionate about and most proud of his Tower novels. If I'm wrong, well, say sorry. He hasn't narrated an entire book since On Writing, so it was great to listen to him behind the mic again. He transports me into his stories in a way that no other narrator has been able to do sans the late great and sorely missed Frank Muller. King's one heck of a sighted guide when it comes to reading his own works. So because of him, I've seen Midworld in an entirely new light. I've seen it very well and I say thank ya.
The book was far too short. I enjoyed it very much, but I wish King would spin more tales of Roland's younger years. What happened to Rhea, for instance? How did Roland track the old witch down and deal with her one final time? I've been wanting to know since Wizard and Glass. I can't go out and pick up his Marvel Comics Dark Tower prequel series and would absolutely love to experience those on audio in some format or another. They don't make those in braille-- oh Discordia! That's my only complaint about this book. In the words of a certain Dickensian character,"I want some more!" But I suppose that's what a memorable book does. Well it often leaves me wanting seconds, anyway. So here's hoping everyone's favorite Wordslinger isn't done with his Dark Tower series yet. I'll even settle for Cooking With Roland: A Guide to Gunslinger Burritos. Or maybe How To Care For Your BillyBumbler. Or how about Eddy Dean's Best Jokes and Quips?
Anywho, if you liked all the other Dark Tower books, pick this one up. It's just as wonderful. What else can I say without spoiling the book? Go read it, but watch out for Starkblasts!
I would not listen to this book again, although I might read it. I tend to listen to books I like over and over again, but Mr. Kings narration is not good. The story is wonderful, and I would like to get more out of it, but it's just not possible with his read.
I liked the "story within a story" format, which Mr, King has used before. Of course, I am a huge fan of The Dark Tower series, so I enjoyed my time with Roland and his Ka-Tet.
I'm so sorry that Mr. King chose to read this book himself. He's a wonderful writer, but a very poor audio performer. His voice, which is not a pleasant voice anyway, and the way that he performed the story was very distracting and actually put me to sleep several times, which never happens when I listen to a Stephen King novel!
If you like Stephen King, you will enjoy this story. However, beware that the author has done his own wonderful novel a disservice by reading it himself.
I have not read the print version but I sure did enjoy listening to "Sai" King read this wonderful book to me.
I loved the story within the story, within the story. I tired to make the listen last but I just couldn't stop myself from going right back to it whenever I had a free moment.
I always love Roland but there were some ofther fun, new characters in this Dark Tower book. I liked the widow and, of course, stout- hearted Tim, and who doesn't love Oy, the billy-bumbler!
I enjoyed the part where Tim allows the Tiger to live and frees him from the cage. They go on to survive the starkblast together and then what a great moment when the tiger reverts to his human form (I won't do a spoiler here by telling you who this is - you'll have to listen!)
Stephen King is such a wonderful story teller. I hope that he is taking care of his health so that we have more books like this one to look forward to (no walking down busy roads, please, Uncle Stevie!) Buy this audiobook - you will not be sorry, whether you are a fan or a first time King listener.
Its the Dark tower whats not to like.
I love Mr King but not hes reading style. Where is Goerge Guildall?
Book? No the Dark tower needs a Movie. Better yet a mini series.
If you aren't ready to commit to King's Dark Tower series (I admit, I haven't read the last two books), but like King's style and stories, this is a great read. If you are curious about the series, this book will give you a feel for the main characters, who appear at the beginning and end of the story. But you will mainly get a great story about a boy, his mother, a bad magician, a good magician...a heroic tale of a boy who faces his fears and failings. Well-read, well-paced.
I would change the narration, who ever was directing this production should be fired. I used to listen to Stephen King read the Dark Tower, Drawing of the three, and Wastelands, on tape. All were well read and entertaining, but this one lead much to be desired. I don't think it's Stephen's fault, again fire the director, he/she didn't do their job.
Re-visiting Roland's world.
He was poorly directed, many things could have been improved.
I don't think that this book would lend it self well to a movie.
I would not recommend this audio production to anyone. (Unless you're a die hard fan like me, and can look past the performance.)
SK did an ok job reading, he did not do voices for Rolend and the Ka-Tet, but he did do voices, some not bad, for the storys within the stories. Over all his preformance was amature, and next time i hope he uses a profesional. The story was good, i realy likes the story with in the story within the story, no doubt the best story, the other two were good, and i found the concept of a "Stark Blast" interestingly creepy. A good addition to the DT series, and i hope he does more.
As I said in the title of this review, I finished this story in one day. I was filled with a nervous excitement at the prospect of a new Dark Tower book, I just couldn't see how King was going to fit a book in between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. To my great relife he didn't try. While this book starts off after the ka tet has left the Green Palace, the story itself is a tale of Roland's youth mixed in with a really cool fairy tale, slightly reminiscent of King's first fairy tale effort, Eyes of the Dragon.
I was pleased and relieved that this wasn't any longer of a tale, nor did it try to place any new aspects of the Dark Tower series within it. Not that you need to hear it from me, but nice work Mr. King.