No need to comment further on the fabulous quality of this story and this series, which have been rightfully lauded by others.
Unfortunately, George Guidall, who narrated the first installment of the series (The Gunslinger) has returned for books five and six. Guidall's voice is indeed deep and rich, but he lacks the ability to change timbre and accent for individual characters. It isn't so bad that Roland and Eddie Dean sound pretty much alike. But when Mr. Guidall tries to produce female and child voices (especially main characters Susannah Dean and Jake Chambers) he substitues raw speed for the ability to produce a light voice. Their dialog is delivered in a breathy rapid-fire monotone that removes all expression and makes them sound like chipmunks on amphetamines.
The second, third and fourth books (The Drawing of the Three, The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass) were brilliantly read by Frank Muller. Mr. Muller produces such a wide range of credible accents and speech styles that you can hear distinct individual voices as he reads the dialogue. Eddie Dean speaks (and thinks) with an authentic Brooklyn accent. Jake indeed sounds like a boy, and Susannah Dean has a soft, slightly southern drawl that is easily acceptable as a woman's voice.
Kudos to Mr. Muller. Let's hope they bring him back for the final book of the series, The Dark Tower, due for release later this year.
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