Stephen King reads the whole story.... He is so monotone that I almost cant follow this 28 min into this and I dont want to continue.
I have read all of the other books in the Dark Tower series and enjoyed all of them. When the graphic novels started appearing on the market, I drew the line -- part of what was so great about this series was a sense of reality brought on by the large gaps in the readers' knowledge, and I did not want those gaps clumsily filled. For this reason, I was skeptical about this new Dark Tower 4.5, but it has far exceeded my expectations. It was a true pleasure to hear Stephen King tell the tale of Tim, a story Roland heard from his mother as a young child in Gilead. I found this particular gap in the Dark Tower series delightfully filled by his new narrative.
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!
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I thought Steven King did a good job reading the tale. It was a little disconcerting you hear someone else's voice reading the dark tower but he did fine. The story is awesome, and now I will buy the next one in the series! :-)
ithought it was a great book as an addition to the gunslinger series definitely ok
I loved the story. I wasn't sure if it would grab me like the rest of the series, but it did!
Stephen King's reading of his work was awful. He is so monotone, and rarely tried to give a different voice to his characters. When he did try to make a character sound distinct, it was comical. I don't think that was the desired result...
I truly enjoyed this book, but it desperately needs a new narrator.
After reading some of the reviews I was hesitant to order this book. I am glad I did. I enjoyed it very much. While Stephen Kings voice is different than the narrator's in the Gunslinger series, he did a great job with this story. My advice is to judge it for yourself.
I read this title after reading books 1-7, and while I enjoyed it a lot, there were definitely parts that were of greater interest than others. I would definitively say that this title is not on the same level as books 3 or 7, but it is nonetheless a great addition to King's world. Greatest drawback to this recording is that King reads it. An excellent storyteller he may be, but a voice actor he is not. Especially coming off of the first seven books' audio versions, this will be a hard transition for some listeners.
All said, however, I still recommend this title. More insight into an ever-growing world, and a return to some unexpected characters.
This is "Dark Tower Lite" and that's a good thing! King crafts a series of nested tales which are nicely dovetailed one to the next.
"The wind through the keyhole" is an add on to a great epic tale. We get to take a deeper look into the folk lore of characters we've grown to love.
Stephen King reads this one himself and although I've enjoyed listening to him before. This book could have really gained a lot from having a professional reader like Geogre Guidall or Frank Miller . They bring so much to every character as well as .