Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room (really a chamber of horrors) in Thunderclap's Fedic Station; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and 61st with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.
Thus the audiobook opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.
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.
"A pilgrimage that began with one lone man's quest to save multiple worlds from chaos and destruction unfolds into a tale of epic proportions....a closer look at the brilliant complexity of his Dark Tower world should explain why this bestselling author has finally been recognized for his contribution to the contemporary literary canon. With the conclusion of this tale...King has certainly reached the top of his game." (Publishers Weekly)
It was alright. Not as much fun as Wolves of Callah or Wizard and Glass but okay.
The ending is that basically cosmic ground hog day. Sigh I wanted a little more.
A great conclusion to a tale told over many years. I truly lives and journeyed with these characters and will be sad to let them go. Perhaps someday I will meet them again at the clearing at the end of the path. Wonderful job Mr. King, and you made me wait forever ;).
The first thing is: by the time I reached the end I was finished. King did an amazing job of keeping the story fresh and pulling me back with each installment. I enjoyed the progression of the story line and characters. However, unlike most of his books, as I finished the last installment I was glad to be done and ready to move on to a new story line. So many of his books have left me wishing there was more story, wanting the characters to continue on but, ironically, this ending was a welcome finally. Oh well, now for a quick Brandon Sanderson before my next King book: Mr. Mercedes.
I would give it 8/10 because in my later years I'm more into romance novels. This ending is Typical SK. I started this series in HS, joined the military, became a nurse, a mother and finally it's over. The end was fitting but still disappointing in a good way.
Not a book but a song. Real life is not about happy endings but about the struggle, the journey, which is life itself. I remember asking a nursing co-worker as a new nurse why must life be such a struggle? Then it hit me, because it would be so boring if it wasn't. Hannah Montana "The Climb" sums it up the best "I can all most see it, that dream I'm dreaming, but there is a voice inside my head saying you'll never reach it. Every step I'm taking, every move I'm make feels lost with no direction, my faith is shaking. But I, I got to keep trying...got to keep my head held high. There is always going to be another mountain, I'm always going want to make it move. Always going to be an uphill battle. Sometimes I'm going have to lose. It ain't about how fast I get there, ain't about what's waiting on the other side.....It's the climb....The struggles I'm facing, the chances I'm taking, sometimes might knock me down but, no I'm not breaking. I may not know it, but these are the moments that I'm going to remember most...Just got to keep going...I got to be strong...Just keep on pushing on..." This is how life really is. Even in the last moments of life, the human spirit is still struggling, still trying to hold on to that last bit of hope. I'm disappointed because the Tower seems to reflect the true image of life as we know it. If you're the type who wants an escape from reality, stop when the author asked you to. If you are willing to face reality keep on stepping.
I loved his old rustic voice, it did the Gunslinger's tale proud.
Never Ending Journey
I wasn't ready to say good bye. T_T
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Well, all great things must end.
The Dark Tower is, without a doubt, the best fantasy series in existence. However, this final installment felt different from the rest. It is hard to put into words what was wrong with it. It may be that the pacing was off or it may just be that I hated to see it end.
This has always been my favorite series, but this is not my favorite installment. Mr. King does put a disclaimer before the final chapter and it is so true.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Finally coming to the end of a very long book series for one, second finally finding out what is at the top of the Dark Tower.
I love the ending, how King wraps up certain things but throws a few monkey wrenches in the rest of it.
I have only listened to the other Dark Tower book he has read so I have no other refernece point.
The Long Goodbye.
Many people say that the ending was awful but I found it very satisfying and worthy of the series.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
What a journey. I have to give the series a sold 4 overall. There were times the books were top 10!, then times where it made me sleep. The ending is what will haunt me for a long time. Resist the temptation, take the journey and let the ending blow your mind. Have a good time, don't forget the face of our father.
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