I haven't read the print version.
I enjoy getting more into the lives of the characters.
Good story and fits well into the Dark Tower saga. I even enjoyed the "story within a story." As for the narration, I am one of the fans who wore out tapes of the first three books. I listened to them again and again for years while awaiting Wizard in Glass. It took me a while to get used to the different narrators of the later books and I never wanted to go back and hear the remakes of the first three with those narrators. As for this story, I enjoyed returning to midworld and hearing more of Roland's life before he began his quest. I hope King eventually tells the backstory through Jericho Hill.
This is a great, quick look back into Rolland's life. Very entertaining little story. Don't be put off by King narrating. At first, it's a bit painful, but you get into the rhythm of his readying fairly quickly.
I very much enjoyed this Dark Tower entry! Stephen King know how to write entertaining characters and great stories! Hopefully he will find another Gunslinger gem in him!
The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.
Stephen King is my favorite writer of all time. I admire his genius and his work has provided endless hours of enjoyment. But he is not an actor, nor is he a narrator. With all of the wonderful narrators available, including those who have performed his other novels brilliantly, I wish he would leave this part of the process to those who have the talent for it. "Read by the author" is usually not better than a true narration, and this is no exception. Stick to the forwards and afterwards, and the occasional cameo, and let the pros breathe life into your phenomenal characters. Please.
Just wanted to say thanks to the author. I'd ached to return to Midworld for quite awhile now. I'm glad Roland reappeared to tell you another tale and you were kind enough to share it with us. Hearing this read in your own voice just made it that much better. Thank you.
This was a fun trip back into dark tower series, but it is also a book that could have been passed up. It doesn't add any new details to the original story. It is not a favorite for me, but it was a fun listen. I will defend King's performance, I thought he did a fine job narrating this story. Are better narrators yes, but I have listened to him narrate before.
I have listen to every book in the Dark Tower series. This series has been one of my favorites. Previous books were well produced with great readers. Steven King is a great author, but he should not have read this book.
As long as he isn't the reader.
Frank Muller, George Guidall, or Scott Brick.
I don't know. The narration was so painful, I hated the experience.
I only finished this book out of commitment. It is very frustrating to end such a long quest with such a bad taste in my mouth.
The idea of a story within a story.
It was good, but not as good as the original Dark Tower series.
When the evil step Father died.
If I had the time yes,
Sorry, I think following a question and answer format is a waste of my time. Likewise the comments on the narrator. If the story is so bad you can not lose yourself in it and forget the narrator it is not worth the listen.
This is the first SK I have read in a while that I liked. Not as much as the original DT series but still good. I saw it described as a prequel but it is more a side track off the original story line. It's another small dose of the imagery that hooked me in the original series. This telling makes me remember how much I loved the Stephen King that wrote Black House, The Talisman, and the Dark Tower series. Maybe he is still round after all. BTW, the sneak of Chapter One of The Shinning sequel was great as well. Dr. Sleep appears to be more in the right direction.