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The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II | [Stephen King]

The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.
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Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower. In 1987, he finds Eddie Dean, The Prisoner, a heroin addict. In 1964, he meets Odetta Holmes, the Lady of Shadows, a young African-American heiress who lost her lower legs in a subway accident and gained a second personality that rages within her. And in 1977, he encounters Jack Mort, Death, a pusher responsible for cruelties beyond imagining. Has Roland found new companions to form the ka-tet of his quest? Or has he unleashed something else entirely? A savage struggle has begun in which underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland's search for 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.

©1987 Stephen King; (P)1998 and 2003 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Prime King...very suspenseful. An epic in the making." (Kirkus Reviews)
"With The Drawing of the Three...King says, 'I found my voice'...Did he ever." (The Denver Post)

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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-31-03
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-31-03
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    "Great Book, Great Narrator"

    This is the book that actually got me hooked on the Dark Tower series. Never being a great fan of the Gunslinger (although the revised edition is somewhat better), I picked up this book with some trepidation -- and I'm glad I did! King was really in top form with this book. The characters are well-developed and the story is interesting. By the time you get done, you can't wait for the next book in the series. In terms of this reading, Frank Muller is fantastic! Of all the narrators to take a stab at reading King books, Muller is the best. It's a shame that voice will no longer be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Reading, OH, USA 07-21-05
    Elisabeth Reading, OH, USA 07-21-05
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    "Love the story, narrator getting on my last nerve."

    I am enjoying this series, and how this narrator changes his voice, however, his inflections making almost every sentence sound like a question is driving me insane. I liked the narrator for Gunslinger better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald W. Crabtree 10-23-03 Listener Since 2001
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    "One of Kings best"

    The Dark Tower series is AAA listening!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    paul Dunnville, ON, Canada 12-31-12
    paul Dunnville, ON, Canada 12-31-12
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    "didnt download entire book"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Frank Muller?

    when I downloaded this book I began to listen to it and having listened to the entire series previously, I realized that it began half way through the book, was very disappointed.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Drawing of the Three?

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    Any additional comments?

    hopefully the next one will be the complete book. I was questioning the Gunslinger as it didnt seem complete either and was missing alot of information and realized that the second book wasnt complete. Will try one more and thats it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 04-01-12
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 04-01-12 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Where the series really picks up."

    Drawing of the Three picks up right where the Gunslinger left off. Having held conference with the Man in Black, Roland Deschein suddenly finds himself in peril of is life, having been rendered all bt defenseless when much of his ammo becomes drentched with seawater, rendering it unusable. Things become more serious when Roland is attacked by a series of venomous, lobster-like creatures whom he names Lobstrosities. Stumbling along the beach, growing weaker from the poison now coursing through his veins, he suddenly comes upon a mysterious door standing freely on the beach, a door on whhich is written The Prisoner. Passing through this door, rolland finds himself inside the mind of Eddie Dean, a heroine addict in the process of transporting bags of Cocaine for a notorious New York dealer. After some misadventures that demonstrate just how laughably out of place Roland is in our world, Eddie is drawn into Roland's world, a reluctant participant in the quest. Soon however, Roland begins to fall ill again from the Lobstrosities' venom, which they were only able to partially negate with help from Earth medicine. Eventally the two come upon a second door, through which comes Odetta Holmes, a Civil Rights activist from the mid 1960's, who recently lost her legs due to a subway accident and is unable to accept the truth of what a rapidly weakening Roland and Eddie tell her.. But Odetta harbors a dark secret of wich she is unaware, a cunning and violent alter ego namd Detta Walker, whose only goal, apart of course from killing Eddie and Roland, is to return to her own world. Will ROland find a way to resolve the Detta/Odetta situation before it's too late? And will he be able to recover completely from the Lobstrosities' venom?
    Once again this is an excellent story. And the fact that it's narrated by the incomparable though sadly late Frank Muller is just one more treat. Audiobook lovers everywhere suffered one loss whenhe suffered the motorcycle accident that ended his career and an een more irrevocable loss when he passed away on June 4, 2008. I have little doubt he would have continued with the series to the end, as Stephen King had by then made him the more or less exclusive narrator of his works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-08
    Robert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Good"

    Very Good, must read other books first.

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    Cindylee Ginter toledo, ohio 06-25-07
    Cindylee Ginter toledo, ohio 06-25-07 Member Since 2007

    potterygod

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    "One great volume a masterpiece"

    I was one of the King fans that didn't want to read a series, I hate suspense. Now you can hear everybook from start to finish with a couple of the best Narrators I have ever heard. The narrators bring these books to life in a way that surpass the simple read. I am glad I waited to read it, because it is his best book to date.
    Pulling in familiar characters, themes and their back stories was an extra bonus for loyal King readers.

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    Luther Danielsville, PA, USA 07-28-04
    Luther Danielsville, PA, USA 07-28-04
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    "the drawing of the three: the dark tower 2"

    this book was real good and it was real great listening to and it keep me on my chair waiting to found out what happened next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 02-15-12
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Garbage,boring."

    I'm so glad I read the rest of the books reviews that are in this series. They saved me time and money. Not good,skip this.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Don L. Christiansen Utah 06-01-11
    Don L. Christiansen Utah 06-01-11 Member Since 2004

    Don Christiansen

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    "The Dark Tower II"

    Way to much profanity. The story carries its self, but King starts nearly each sentence with profanity, and he can't seem to tell his story without constantly swearing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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