Certainly AS good, maybe even better since Stephen King himself narrates.
It's hard to narrow to just one really! This is three stories nestled in one.
You will be on the edge of your seat for it all!
Incredible read for those familiar with the Dark Tower series but as good for those who have chosen this without any background with the katet.
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.
Not one of the better books of the DarK Tower series but entertaining nonetheless.
Stephen King should have picked someone else to narrator this audio. Would have gave this a four in overall if it would have been narrated by some else.
I gave the book 4 stars only because I appreciate the gift of another gunslinger novel. While I enjoyed the stories within the book, they weren't meaty enough to warrant more then 3 stars. How about the story of Jericho Hill? That should be something to stick our teeth in.
Previous reviewers seem to really hate that King did the narration himself for this one. I thought he did a great job and would listen to the entire series again if he would narrate them.
I enjoyed the story as well and was sad when I finished it so quickly.
First, Stephen King should stick to writing and leave the narrating to others. His narration lacked the engagement and creativity that previous books had. I'm looking to moving on in the series.
The story felt like an afterthought in the series. It didn't really fit in and didn't do much for me to progress the story of The Tower. Without having moved on to the next book yet it's hard to say, but in thinking that I could've done without this one and been just fine.