The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three continues where The Gunslinger leaves off, with Roland of Gilead on a beach along a western sea. Soon, he's fighting for his life and ultimately, the salvation of all worlds as he continues his push to the Dark Tower. He has been set upon a task to "draw" three people to his world for the purpose of joining him on his quest, if they don't kill him first.
It is in The Drawing of the Three that we first see the passageways between Roland's world and our world as Roland opens doorways into 1986 and 1964 New York to draw two new characters into the story. Jake, from The Gunslinger was also from New York of the 1970's but this is the first time that we see a direct doorway between worlds.
The Drawing of The Three is a book mainly of character introduction for the tale to follow, much of it presumably in the final three books. The books in the series are as follows:
The Drawing of the Three
The Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
The Wolves of the Calla (November, 2003)
Song of Susannah (June 2004)
The Dark Tower (November 2004)
Before audible.com added The Dark Tower to its catalog, I had previously listened to the first four books on tape dozens of times. I literally had two replace two of the cassettes due to tape breakage! I am proud to say that I repurchased all 4 titles from audible.com and for the first time have heard the Frank Muller narration of The Drawing of the Three and look forward to The Waste Lands.
The audio book community suffered an incalculably high loss in November 2001 when Frank suffered serious injury in an accident. Prior to that time, Stephen King had all but made Frank the exclusive narrator for his newest works. To find out more about Frank and how you can help, search audible.com for Frank Muller and select the third link displayed.
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