In this second volume, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person's life in New York - here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. They also become the companions, forming a ka-tet, who will assist him on his quest to save the Dark Tower.
©1987 Stephen King (P)1998, 2003 Penguin Audio
"King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters." (Baltimore Sun)
"This quest is one of King's best - communicates on a genuine, human level, but rich in symbolism and allegory." (Columbus Sunday Dispatch)
"An epic in the making." (Kirkus Reviews)
This is about a thousand times better than the Gunslinger. From the narration to the story, it's compelling and I had a much harder time stopping between sections than I did with the Gunslinger. The narrator really makes this story come to life. Each character is distinct, he switches between them effortlessly and it's easy to tell who is speaking when. I did have a hard time at first listening to him, but before I knew it, I was acclimated and am deliriously happy that he's the narrator for the next few books in the series.
I flew through this book. The narrator is different from the first book, but after the initial surprise I got over that and grew to like the narrator. He does a good job with the lady of shadows.
my only complaint with this book is that it wasn't long enough the writing is so good the story so involved, a completely enveloping experience highly recommended.
This is a really fun twisted book. It's kind of hard to follow, but the characters a rich, and extremely colorful. Each character is very flawed but very redeemable. Cool book good not great narration. Looking forward to book 3.
This is Part II of Steven King's Dark Tower series, in which Roland gets some new traveling companions. I won't give away any major spoilers, but this is where Roland's journey get significantly weirder.
As for the narration, I was initially concerned about Frank Muller taking over, but by the end I was really enjoying him. Very recommended!
I've already read this book and the series many times but each time I find another reason to love them. Having it on audible is great because I can listen while driving
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