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.
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"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)
Yes, if that friend was a fan of the Dark Tower books, or Stephen King in general. Start with The Gunslinger, though.
He is excellent at voices and expressions, as well as pronunciation of some (somewhat) difficult words from the High Speech used in the Dark Tower books. I am very impressed with the range of emotion carried in this book, with different ranges for each character.
No, not in one sitting. This book is far too long for that, and it's best to stop and digest some of it before starting again. I try to listen about an hour at a time. I did find myself eagerly anticipating the next hour, though.
No spoilers, but if you finish this book, you'd better have The Dark Tower, because you'll want to continue the story as soon as humanly possible.
The fact that I didn't have to read, and could work while listening to the supurb narator of the story.
Jake, he's so likeable and with Oy at his side, I thing Oy makes him and Oy is so lovable and faithful.
All George's read are good, how does he do so many voices and keep them straight??
When Eddy was soooo trying to find Suzanna and the door sent them elsewhere.
The reader is excellent and does a wonderful job love George Guidall and of course Mr. King at his finest. Best series I have ever read or listened to
The story made Roland very human
Hard to pick just one
Yes the whole series was hard to put down
Yes, I'd listen to the entire series again.
I love 'em all, but the answer is Roland...because he's the man.
That's like asking me to pick out my favorite M&M in a box of 'em.
It was tragic to learn of Frank Muller's accident and eventual death. I actually felt very empty going into DT5 without Muller reading it, but went ahead anyway of course. Got used to Guidall's version of the characters in DT5, but in DT6 I think he "improved"...in that, he moved a little closer to Muller's version of the characters. So am now happily going into DT7 with Guidall's reading of it.
I would listen to this again (in fact, this is my second time through the DT story). Another great reading, and this is the book where you start getting lots of answers to the DT mystery. While books 4 and 5 are tangentially related to Roland's overarching story, Song of Susannah picks up the arch and drives the plot further ahead than any book since Drawing of the Three. If you are thinking of stopping the series at Wolves of the Callah, do yourself a favor and pick up this one.
THis book was a nice start to the ending of the Dark Tower series. It helped develop some characters and let them shine in their own way by splitting up the ca-tet. It was good to see how each characters, both old and new, role in the story is important and the start of how it all ties together.
It's interesting that the pacing of the novels continues to increase as the series continues - in book 1, we have the Gunslinger making his way across the desert, seemingly without any particular deadline but still with a purpose. Now in book 6, the characters seem to have so much to accomplish and so little time to accomplish it - pulled in so many different directions by their fears, their duty and Ka (their fate). It is unimaginable that I not continue reading these books - Stephen King's masterful story weaving has tied me to the fate of the characters as surely as any rope or chain.
Great reading by George Guidall as usual.
All is coming to a climax at this point, will they live will they die, will the tower stand of fall. Jam packed with action and a nice little paradox, along with Mia's development you might find she is not so evil.....ok she is evil but.... lol
I have liked and read king's books for years. He has a way of making a person half crazy. I waited for the end of the Dark Tower stories for a long time.
I've listened to each of the books before this one wondering why I was sticking with the series. Despite King's writing and storytelling showing improvement with each installment, the series just seemed to be wandering around, like a tv series with no real ultimate goal except to keep the characters doing something.
This book finally does something. It begins to delve into questions of why, and it takes some clever turns, and King really seems to be enjoying it now. Be sure to listen to the Coda at the end, too--it's not just a footnote, it is part of the story. At least I think it is.
I almost gave this one five stars, but there are parts that still seem unsatisfactory to me. Much of Susannah's tale seems strained, for instance, as though King was trying too hard to make it work. Overall, though, a strong book. I've given others in this series a four when I felt they were three and a halfs, and this one I give a four when it's a four and a half. I'm stingy with fives, or I'd round it up.
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