The triumphant, gripping finale to Stephen King's magnificent, epic masterpiece.
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.
The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower.
Roland's band of pilgrims remains united, though scattered. Susannah-Mia has been carried off to New York to give birth. Terrified of what may happen, Jake, Father Callahan and Oy follow.
Roland and Eddie are in Maine, looking for the site which will lead them to Susannah. As he finally closes in on the tower, Roland's every step is shadowed by a terrible and sinister creation. And finally, he realises, he may have to walk the last dark strait alone....
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.
©2004 Stephen King (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
It's amazing how much the author fits in to this final instalment of the Dark Tower saga. We have some sad goodbyes, some surprise introductions and a very satisfying finish to a story of the ages.
The seventh book in the series was disjointed and a major disappointment as far as wind up is concerned. Not really expecting a happy ending but something a bit more than the old cliche of "walking off into the sunset". Even the author, storyteller or Stephen King character seemed to express his wish that the thing would just plain end. In fact I perceived an attitude of contempt from him for the story and the reader alike.
I stuck with this series for two reasons. One - I owed some loyalty to Stephen King because I have enjoyed his work previously and he has stated that this was his major work. Two I invested in the complete series at a time when Audible had a sale on book series.
The trend of the series, in my opinion, can be noted from my previous reviews.
1 - Stick With It - Believe in Stephen King
2 - So Glad I Stuck Around
3 - Wanted to Stop but Could Not
4 - Disappointing Detour
5 - I don't get it
6 - This from a fan of Mr King - WHY?
7 - Major Disappointment
I feel very sorry for Stephen King if he considers this to be his "magnum opus". Where to from here? I thought he was much better than this load of tripe he has given us. I have been a huge fan for such a long time and I was expecting so much more from him.
There were of course some excellent parts mostly to do with King's craftsmanship with words, however, the whole series was disjointed and overblown. More than 135 hours of listening (not including the pitiful narration of "The Wind Through the Keyhole") could easily have been reduced by half.
Continuity was exceptionally poor. Involvement of characters was a mish mash of contrived entries and exits, seemingly because the author was bored with his people and couldn't think of anything else. The villains were insipid and the final confrontation a super anticlimax. The storyline had no real structure and can be perceived as if the author was questioning himself while writing, "What else can I squeeze in, have I got enough science fiction, do I need more horror?"
I'm sure Mr King will reap the benefits of this series and that there are lots of die hard fans out there who will disagree with my opinions however I would recommend anyone read all the stories in the original novels e.g. Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, Insomnia etc. etc. but definitely not the Dark Tower Series which has tried to incorporate them all and is a major disappointment.
The best things about this series are the narrations by Frank Muller and George Guidall and the character OY.
"A Story Like No Other"
Yes, I would listen to the entire series again. The reader has the most perfect voice for this type of book, he plays the characters perfectly and allows you to get lost in the story.
The Dark Tower series is on par with J.R.Tolkien's Lord of The Rings. It is the story of a great quest, a quest to end or save the world. Every character breathes life into the story leaving you wanting more. Definitely cannot put these books down.
I think George's voice for Suzannah is the funniest, he does it well but its still funny to hear him talking as a southern madam.
Cry AND Laugh! This book is what it feels like to be bi-polar. One moment you're in stiches, the next you're a blubbering mess! I don't want to give too much away but, it will definitely pull at your heart strings one way or another.
Stephen King is one of the best writers ever to grace this earth. I would recommend this book if you are a lover of fantasy, horror or science fiction. It has so many elements that it would be impossible to not please every reader out there.
This is a very good story well worth listening too
It's a good mix of sifi and adventure
Rolan who else
The story keeps you coming back for more
"The Dark Tower"
Fantastic story, gonna miss Roland and his Ka Tets. So sad to leave them, however Finders Keepers awaits. Xx
"Everything must end."
Great story, shed many tears, had a few giggles but In the end Roland to the Dark Tower came.
As a long time dark tower fan I thought I'd give it a listen. it's well read and as enjoyable as the first time you read it!
"7 books,untold hours and i was gutted when it ends"
the characters are amazing. I feel like I know Roland and you can see why it took King 20+ years to complete the set
the depth of story. Don't get me wrong, the story is way out there, way way way out there.
Wont ruin it, but the end. I was straight on to the message boards
"Totally immersing story."
Stephen Kings life work, has so many layers, you almost get lost within. Every Character has a truth, that instantly captures your imagination. I found an emphasis put on my own personal journey, as I listened to Roland's struggle with himself, and the lives he must leave in his wake.x
"Three books too long and a dreadful narrator taking back the reigns."
First of all let me say I have read and listened to lots of Stephen Kings stories and I think they are wonderful. However this one is much much too long. Book six was absolutely dreadful and book seven was covering fluff. The constant reference to Camala this and Camala that started to really annoy me well before the end of the book. Utter drivel from a fantastic author. The narrator George Guidall unfortunately ruins this story his voices are confusing and he has none of the magic that Frank Muller had. Definitely one to have finished in the 90s. Sorry but a waste of at least 40 hours of listening.
"thank gan it's over!"
listening to this entire tale from beginning to end was a feat of endurance. I often wished to stop as there was little enjoyment in the story but like the addiction of eddie dean I willed myself to go on, to go the full cold turkey to be finally rid of this over long drawn out itch. I enjoyed some Stephen King in my youth and picked this up at random (dammit). I found the end of the tale to be somewhat preaching at times, I thought the inclusion of the author in his story was... indulgent? arrogant? lazy? I sometimes felt he was writing for the sake of it, it felt flat and without direction at times... no heart in it? the ending was circular ie without end but that was just my opinion. did I purchase the entire tale on audio? yes and good job too because I would have put down the written book a long time ago, unfinished no doubt, say you true!
finally thought; would I put myself through this again if it were made into a movie? probably although it would be one weird ass film which would probably gain cult status if written and cast well. so congratulations Mr king, damm you!
"unexpected but satisfying conclusion"
the narrator brings so much to the story magnifying the various emotions in the text.
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