While it's nice to read about the Dark Tower series characters again, this story is pretty much irrelevant to the series and inconsequential to the quest of our old friends. King's reading is lackluster and boring, and I almost fear for his health after listening to him drone on for 10 hours. The reading is uninspired, and they made a huge mistake not getting George Guidell to reprise his narration on the book. I would think that so long after the series came to an end, writing another book would mean a story of consequence or something that pertains to the series. And if King feels the need to write about Roland's past adventures, something relevant to the DT quest would be nice. Honestly, I'd save your $$ and not bother with this offering.
This book may have been better if I had read it with my eyes and not listened to it. The narrator is probably the worst I've listened to in the 4 years of regular audio book listening. Every character in this fictional Maine town somehow had a surfer dude accent thanks to the narrator, and I just couldn't get past it. This mammoth book has only length in common with King's classic The Stand. The writing here is cheap, and filled with political cliches. King's own leftist liberal stances are on full display, which makes for a very tiring listen.
This is the worst audio book I've listened to, and one of King's worst works period. It even eclipses Insomnia for dullness. Don't waste your time.
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