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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"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)
The biggest decision most people will have regarding the Dark Tower series is should they continue after the first book, The Gunslinger. While the first one is fairly marginal, if you read/listen to The Drawing of the Three you'll be in it 'till the Dark Tower.
This is a great story and the first of the series with the brilliant Frank Muller narrating. Books 2-5 are (by far) the best in this series, so enjoy. You probably won't have much to criticize until the last two books.
<B><U>The Dark Tower: </B>The Drawing of the Three</U> continues where <U>The Gunslinger</U> leaves off, with Roland of Gilead on a beach along a western sea. Soon, he's fighting for his life and ultimately, the salvation of all worlds as he continues his push to the Dark Tower. He has been set upon a task to "draw" three people to his world for the purpose of joining him on his quest, if they don't kill him first.
It is in <U>The Drawing of the Three</U> that we first see the passageways between Roland's world and our world as Roland opens doorways into 1986 and 1964 New York to draw two new characters into the story. Jake, from <U>The Gunslinger</U> was also from New York of the 1970's but this is the first time that we see a direct doorway between worlds.
<U>The Drawing of The Three</U> is a book mainly of character introduction for the tale to follow, much of it presumably in the final three books. The books in the series are as follows:
The Drawing of the Three
The Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
The Wolves of the Calla (November, 2003)
Song of Susannah (June 2004)
The Dark Tower (November 2004)
Before audible.com added <B><U>The Dark Tower</U></B> to its catalog, I had previously listened to the first four books on tape dozens of times. I literally had two replace two of the cassettes due to tape breakage! I am proud to say that I repurchased all 4 titles from audible.com and for the first time have heard the Frank Muller narration of <U>The Drawing of the Three</U> and look forward to <U>The Waste Lands</U>.
The audio book community suffered an incalculably high loss in November 2001 when Frank suffered serious injury in an accident. Prior to that time, Stephen King had all but made Frank the exclusive narrator for his newest works. To find out more about Frank and how you can help, search audible.com for Frank Muller and select the third link displayed.
Review continues with <U>The Waste Lands</U>...
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First, the Dark Tower series is King's greatest. I have re-read the series as each new book comes out. It's incredible.
Second, Frank Muller is absolutely one of the best people to have read an audio book. He can do a complete cast of characters and make you feel like you're listening to a radio play. I have bought books simply because they are read by him.
Seeing these titles finally available made me glad I'm part of the Audible Listener program. The hardest part will be waiting another month to get the next two.
It?s 11/18 and I just finished "The Drawing of the Three." But I?m not due for another credit for another 3 weeks. I might just break down and spring for the $50 for "The Waste Lands" (And I'm a Tightwad).
The Dark Tower series has it all. For the badass "man with no name" in all of us, or the Froto Baggins in few of us, it is a MUST read/listen. King's book was so enthralling and Muller's narration made the story so vivid that when I listened it felt like I was watching a movie. This saga isn't a story, it's an experience that will leave you literally begging for more. If you haven't read or heard this (or "The Gunslinger"), it's worth every penny and then some.
I just started listening to the book, so I won't comment on it yet. However, I felt compelled to give my feedback on the narrator before finishing it because I find his performance distracts from the story, I'm having trouble getting immersed in it.
It seems like I'm in the minority, I find Frank Muller's narration somewhat painful to listen to. I would describe his style as 'action movie trailer voice over' with breathy accentuation at the end of every sentence. That may impart the right sort of dramatic tone for a 30 second spot, but it does not work for an entire book.
I very much preferred George Guidall's reading of the first book, I wish he was reading this one as well.
This was the book that hooked me into the series. A very unique story, Sci-Fi and fantasy mix with a huge upgrade in narration. Muller takes a little while to get into it. The first six hours he tended to end his sentences weird. But once you get comfortable with his style, the voices he uses absorbs you into the book. This was an easy five star rating. I only wish all 7 books were like this.
If you continue on with the other books you will find that it doesn't last. You will lose Muller in book 5 through 7, an unfortunate accident ended his career. Even the stories seem to lose uniqueness and become drawn out. At least, though, you get some great books in the middle like this one.
So - I'm about five hours into this one and - well I don't think I'm going to make it all the way to the Dark Tower. (What is it, about 100 more hours to go?) I like the story okay - but the new yawk accent the narrator is using for the junkie guy is getting on my nerves.
I've had this reaction to Stephen King books before - little bored at first and usually I get sucked in and have to see how it turns out.
But with 5 more full books to go - I'm not making any promises.
This was well worth the effort it took to get through the first volume of the dark tower. I was on the edge of my seat and my commute became an anticipated event rather than a horror pushing me toward road rage. I can't wait to hear the wastelands (III)
Give me your tired heroines , your huddled hobbits yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your deleted pages, and I will read.
One of the things I love most about Stephen King is his ability to poke fun at himself. But I can't imagine that he would want his book to be read this way.
Frank Muller paints every sentence as if it's the most damning piece of evidence in a huge conspiracy. He has a wholly unnatural cadence that starts all strung together sing-songy, ending in summer camp ghost story danger whisper italics. There are points where a bit of noir may help with the story, but he uses it on every phrase regardless of content. He says, "Roland ate a sandwich" in exactly the same way as "Roland awoke startled to find himself covered in blood." To call it annoying would be a kindness.
The worst part is that he doesn't do this for other characters in the story. They all have their own distinct (if usually overblown) style, which means Mr. Muller simply doesn't understand the main character. This is not a hyperbolic Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western. Roland is pedantic, analytical, and humorless. He resents people splashing their personal drama all over him simply because it interferes with his objective. Muller reads the whole thing like a pulpy detective novel. He couldn't have gotten it more wrong.
I have read the entire series. This is the first time listening to it. This is probably my favorite in the series. I really disliked the reader of book 1, but heard great things about Frank Muller. I dislike his interpretation of Roland, however the rest of the characters are incredible. It is so hard to believe that it is one man reading all of the characters, including females. He has great talent.
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