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  • Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    In the fourth installment of The Dark Tower, Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Beam, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero.

    Dan says: "Another Awesome Saga for the Ka-Tet"
    "About as good as audiobooks get"
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    This is a combination of a fantastic story, the 4th instalment of a saga thats really hit its stride, and audios best character reader, Frank Muller. Stephen King at his best (and as per usual verbose-but in a good way- that allows for great character and story development and an appreciation for subtle detail) paired with the reader that can bring the most out of any character. Everyone in this story not only has unique voices and accents but you really get a feel for who they are and what they are experiencing/have experienced. It is great to see the subtle tie-ins between this series and other King books. The way it connects to other King novels is well done (but not overdone) and very enjoyable for the listener.

    The only caveat I have to include is that books 5,6,7 (which I am currently listening to) were unable to be read by Muller after his tragic accident. The writing and story are still excellent but the shift back to the reader from Book 1 (George Guidall) was in my opinion not the best choice. Guidall is a good reader/storyteller with a nice voice but very flat on characters who end up all sounding the same...and this is a series where the characters and their unique attributes are important, especially after setting the precedents established by Muller. King has used Grover Gardner (The Stand) and Stephen Weber (It) on other selections and someone along those lines may have been a better choice for the lengthy last 3 books.

    Anyways, this is a great series and specifically to this review Book 4 is amazing....you will not be disappointed....just start from the beginning and enjoy a lot of value for your audiobook credits.

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