I am so happy that this has finally been made available in unabridged format! I've listened to this book on CD numerous times, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how they managed to cut 10 hours of audio out to make the abridged version
That aside, this is an absolute page turner featuring Pendergast, and introducing us to Cory Swanson, who re-appears in later books. Excellent book, and highly recommended!
While I enjoyed the story overall, even though it seemed to take a while to get started, and then seemed to meander around kind of aimlessly, what I absolutely HATE about this audio book is the "Music" selection between chapters. Just as I'd start getting into the story, and really getting tensed up wanting to know what was going to happen next, the chapter would change, and this god awful "music" would come on, which would pull me completely out of the book. There were a couple of times I wanted to claw the earbuds out of my ears, it was so awful. I'm going to finish the book, just to find out how the story ends, but I'm pretty sure I won't listen to this one again.
This is easily the best of the Dark Tower books by Steven King, and is probably the one with the broadest appeal. It takes the classic backdrop of a spaghetti western, set in the Gunslinger's work. The action is fast paced throughout the book, and you can certainly enjoy this one without having read any of the other books.
If you've enjoyed the Dark Tower books so far, this should be more than satisfying, and if you haven't read any of them, but have enjoyed westerns in the past, you should give this book a try!
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