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)
I am a "constant reader" of Stephen King. Once I was hooked on reading now I can take it anywhere with audiobooks.
Years ago I started The dark Tower series however somehow I missed this book and went to right to reading the Gunslinger it never made any sense to me and it made me almost hate the series.
This book has now made me think that its my new favorite Stephen King, It had been 11-22-63.
DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU DONT WANT ANY KIND OF SPOILERS!
This book ties everything together to so many of Stephen Kings other works.
To put himself in this book is just brilliant! again I believe it's my new favorite Stephen King book.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Only if they had read the previous five books otherwise the person would be very lost and confused.
I love Oy, although he doesnt play a big part in this boom he still is his merry old self and remains the loyal sidekick of 'Ake.
I believe he does a very good Detta Walker, he says a honky mah fah a little too well.
Other then immediately pick up the next Dark Tower book nope nothing at all.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
If you've made it this far in the DT saga then you have to keep going. If its your first time through the series you may be taken aback by the way Stephen King tears down the fourth wall completely in this book. I know I was the first time I read it, and that upset me enough that I didn't fully grasp how great this story is.
The second time through I was expecting it and was more accepting of it, and the story was much more enjoyable. I really liked the coda at the end. If I ever meet King I mean to ask him if those journal entries are real or if he made them up for the book.
Say something about yourself!
This was a good review of everything that transpired before this book and it picked right up where the last one left off. However (SPOILER ALERT), just to be honest, I don't know if I care so much for King showing up as himself and having a sizable part in this book. I love the series and cannot WAIT to finish the last one but this was a bit odd for me.
His voice to me is Roland.
My heart goes with the bumbler. :(
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.
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