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Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI | [Stephen King]

Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.
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Publisher's Summary

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

To give birth to her "chap", demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind.

Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope, with each other and with an alien environment, "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term.

Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

©2004 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"There's something about a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion....The biggest cliffhanger of King's career." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-28-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Necessary piece of the puzzle"

    This is undoubtedly the weakest of the 7 Dark Tower novels...but cannot be overlooked for obvious reasons. King does, from time to time, loose his way occasionally in some stories, and this installment represents that flaw...in my humble opinion.

    The characterization of Susannah and the others remains pretty consistent, but the arc of the story gets a little strange. The good thing about this book is that it isn't as long as most of the others. There is some vital information here in regards to the Dark Tower story, and it isn't BAD...just not up to the same standards as the rest of the series.

    George Guidall does a very nice job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald SPARTA, NJ, United States 12-04-12
    Gerald SPARTA, NJ, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I hope SK can sleep knowing that he stole my money"
    What would have made Song of Susannah better?

    This part of the saga should have had a conclusion with the cliff hanger being a tease for the next book. I get the distinct impression that the author didn't put his heart into this one, he probably needed more money for his beer. Writting himself into the story was tacky and added to the impression that he wasn't stepping up to the plate. I've enjoyed all the other books even though there were many slow parts but this one took the buscuit... and my money!


    Has Song of Susannah turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has confirmed my suspicion that SK adds lots of superfluous text in order to bulk up the book rather than the story.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have a long driving commute so George brings a lot, I can't read while driving! I like his voices and general tone and tempo, he does a very nice job.


    What character would you cut from Song of Susannah?

    Steven King.


    Any additional comments?

    Add the last couple of pages to the start of the next book (The recap is probably there anayway) and this book becomes redundant. It adds nothing to the overall saga and would not be missed. Don't bother buying this, go straight to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grady J. San Diego, CA 08-17-12
    Grady J. San Diego, CA 08-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "My Least Favorite Book of the Dark Tower Series"
    What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

    I got so bored with the Susanah/Mia situation. In the first place I could not imagine the one person/two person transition. And it just went on, and on, and on. I was really glad when this book ended.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    See above.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, I don't especially care for George Guidall, I was spoiled by Frank Muller, but Mr. Guidall did an OK job. I guess he is growing on me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book sparked boredom in me. Let's get on with the story, OK?


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the first few books, but maybe this series is just a little too long for me. I'm listening to the last book now, so it won't be long. One thing I really like about Stephen King is his character development, and their interaction with each other. One of my favorites was Duma Key.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Hice 04-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not good . . ."
    What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

    The story was ultimately pointless. King starts to put a lot of mystic lingo that is just antithetical to the spirit of the first books.


    Has Song of Susannah turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I read them all


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes George Guidall is great!


    What character would you cut from Song of Susannah?

    I don't really remember any characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A sad sign of the last book to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-17-11
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A Head Scratcher. Why?"

    This is really the beginning of the end for me. The story takes a noticeable dip in quality. Horror and gore become the center piece and less sci-fi / fantasy feel. Now it feels like a flight of ideas from the author with filler to complete the series. This coupled with Guidall brings the series to a dramatic low in quality. How I finished this book I still don't know.

    For some reason I feel King decided to just wrap up this series and move on to other books he really wanted to write. You just kept asking yourself, how did I get to this from those great books 2 and 3. When did the series derail. And this time Muller is not available to save it. Guidall just drives it further into the ground.

    I think a Stephen King fan is the only one who will enjoy the end of this series. Most will put the ipod on double time and just get through it. Guidall's narration actually sometimes seemed better in double time. Go figure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 10-15-11
    Mike 10-15-11
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    "Dud in an otherwise excellent series..."

    Steven King has obviously becomes bored with this series... at one point he sums up the who storyline of the series in a single chapter, more information concerning the plot then in all the other books combined. Then... we write HIMSELF into the story line as a character in the book. I put this one away for awhile and may or may not have interest to pick it up again... not the way I wanted to remember this, up to now, simply outstanding series of books by Steven King.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Santa Cruz, CA, USA 05-26-09
    Deborah Santa Cruz, CA, USA 05-26-09
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    "So-So Susannah"

    King is starting to lose it here, after a very fetching and mostly satisfying Gunslinger series. Distinct feeling he was ready to get done with this part of his life. SofS is barely listenable, despite the mad skills of George Guidall. Still, it's better than the last book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 02-01-07
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 02-01-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok but could have been 10 hrs shorter."

    As others have said, lots of fill, not enough story. I just recently D/L'd the entire series. And I have to say this one kind of drags and could have been about 10hrs shorter. I loved the earlier books and the earlier narrator also..
    This guy reading it now doesnt really try to change his voice much when switching between people. Skip this book..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 09-12-06
    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 09-12-06 Member Since 2009
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    "This one couldn't have been omitted"

    This is the one book in this series that could have been eliminated. Vampires, low people, Tahines, vulger and horrific imagery. As has been pointed out by others, along the (long) line Stephen King segues from sci/fi western to horror, peaking with this installment. At times I found myself scratching my head wondering if King was intent on throwing everything into this series AND the kitchen sink.

    It also gets pretty confusing in places and King takes a lot of license. Too much. You're pretty well stuck with "Song" though as you've (no doubt) read the five before this on your way to the finish.

    My reviews of this series would look like a bell curve. Slow and low rated to begin, picking up dramatically with the second and third books, peaking with the fouth, holding well with the fifth, sharply declining with the sixth, with a fair to middlin' finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Bellevue, WA, USA 07-20-04
    Annette Bellevue, WA, USA 07-20-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Did other reviewers even LISTEN to this book???"

    After listening to this through twice, I'm really happy I did. It gave a great insight into the Susannah/Mia plotline but also brought the author into the story. If you take what he says in the "diary" into account, I think the next book is going to be very interesting...

    But I have to ask, did any of the negative reviewers even LISTEN to the whole story?? Didn't you get any of it? It doesn't appear so, given some of the questions being asked here. Did you really think that was King's actually diary? Heh? Uh, did you notice what the very last section was about?? The dates? Hello?

    Anyway, can't wait for the last book...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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