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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"Splendidly tense...rip-roaring." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is Stephen King at his best." (School Library Journal)
"Gripping." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Are you searching for something to listen to, by a reader that keeps you on the edge of your seat? Well, the solution is simple! Get each and every book read by Frank Muller! It is sad to hear that, due to an injury, we may never hear him read again. What a gift he has, and what treasures he has left for us to remember him by. A "wish list" is easy to create... Simply "click" on his name where it says "reader" for this book, and then put every book listed with him as reader into it! You'll not regret it!
More exciting than the first 2. Lots of action and detail. The city of LUD was interesting. The computer, Blane was haunting.
The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands begins with Roland and his new apprentices honing their skills after the trials of drawing. We soon learn that Roland is going insane due to a temporal paradox established when Roland kills Jake's killer at the end of The Drawing of The Three at a point in time prior to when Jake was originally killed in The Gunslinger. Whew!
After a conflict tests the new gunslingers, Roland's band finds The Beam, one of six lines of force that, according to Roland, bind his world together. The beam leads ultimately to the Dark Tower, southeast of their location, yet a vast distance off.
As Roland's madness continues to progress, the travelers learn that Jake too is going mad and it is determined that the only way to make things whole again is to draw Jake back into Roland's world. Once this last drawing is accomplished, the Gunslingers travel onward along the Path of the Beam, toward the Dark Tower. After a harrowing trial in the city of Lud, the gunslingers board a mad train, named Blaine and it is here that Stephen King left original listeners hanging for about six years!! Lucky for you audible.com listeners new to The Dark Tower, this won't be your fate!
The Waste Lands is, in my opinion, the most satisfying volume in the tale to date. Most of what goes on in this book happens in the present tense and readers will quickly become attached to Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oi when reading this book.
If you are new to The Dark Tower and have trepidations about committing to such a long series, I highly recommend that you begin your journey here in The Waste Lands. If you do, you will not suffer much for missing the first two volumes and if you get hooked on Roland's world, as I suspect you will, you will easily be able to go back, get the first two volumes, catch up and prepare for Wizard and Glass!
Review continues with Wizard and Glass...
I am giving this book 5 stars as it is a great read by a brilliant author, but I will say that so far, the second is my favorite. The drawing of the three was just so diverse, it felt like 3 books in one. This book will not disappoint though. It continues to dwelve deeper in this strange world which boasts new characters and keeps your attention. As great as this novel is, the fact that Frank Muller is the reader adds even more enjoyment for the audience. Stephen King is one of the best authors of all time for a reason. His works ( even if most film adaptations are so-so at best ) are a privilege to read. I am currently reading part 4, Wizard and Glass, and will post a review.
This was the first download I got from Audible. I had read the first two Dark Tower books the conventional way. Very well narrated and got me hooked on audible books. If you're thinking of listening to this book you have probably already listened/read the first two. In my opinion this one is the best of the three. The good news is that there are another 4 books to listen to.
Horseman, rancher in the mountains of central Arizona on the Mogollon Rim. I'm an avid reader and, when time constraints become an issue, listener. Easy to listen while horseback in the forests. I love the freedom of the outdoors, animals (especially horses) and Arizona.
As a newcomer to the Dark Tower series, but a longtime fan of Stephen King, the work is nothing short of a tour de force, really fantastic. King's singular writing style and his ability to draw the reader into the story really comes together in this series. The masters' deft touch is evident and Frank Mueller's narration is wonderful, probably the best I've ever heard.
Having just read the first three books in rapid succession, I don't suffer from "time lag" as some of the readers who started the series years ago do, and I'm all the more excited for it.
The gunslinger and his compatriots' trials and tribulations are vividly portayed, and the pacing of the story is done extremely well. One cannot help but feel a kinship to the characters and what's more, really care about them, a rare feat in this type of storytelling. It is so easy to get lost in the story, that I found myself sitting in my vehicle listening to it while ignoring pressing meetings or appointments, it is that good.
I am excited to know that the next two books are already out and have actually postponed leaving on vacation so I can download them when my subscription renews on the 26th. To anyone thinking of reading this series, I argue that you read it from the first book through the fifth without skipping any. Although another reviewer opines that you could start with the Wasteland (and he is correct; the books can stand alone) it is my humble opinion that none should be missed.
Altogether the best entertainment reading I've done in a long time.
The first two books were captivating and good. This book was incredible. I felt like a junkie always trying to find some excuse to drive or go for a long run just to hear more and more of this story. The build up is perfect and the whole second half of the book is like one giant climax. I am incredibly impressed with how Mr King handles this complex of a tale. The reader for book 3 is terrific as well!
5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.
Character development and action and story....great.
If you liked the others, you'll love this one.
This whole series has me "hooked"! My husband and I listen to books while we're traveling. Not being a big Stephen King fan and having "suffered/slept" through the first book ("The Gunslinger"). . .(I wasn't driving), we arrived at our destination after a long 12 hour drive in the middle of the second book("The Drawing Of The Three"). I/we chose to drive around town for another 20 minutes until I/we could bear to shut off the book! They're THAT good! I was saddened to learn of the accident suffered by Frank Muller (who absolutely made the stories live and breathe), but was grateful to George Guidall for picking up the stories and finishing with interest & dignity, the (sadly)last of the Gunslinger/Dark Tower series. If you listen to no others, listen to these!
Listening to the Wastelands has been as intense as reading it on hardcopy. I do not want to take the headphones off even though I know I must sleep to go to work in the morning. Listening to Frank Muller narrate absolutely draws you into the story as being part of everything that is happening. Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!
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