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The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III | [Stephen King]

The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III

In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete.
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Publisher's Summary

In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete. Another must be drawn from New York into Mid-World, someone who has been there before, a boy who has died not once but twice, and yet still lives. The ka-tet, four who are bound together by fate, must travel far in this novel encountering not only the poisonous waste lands and the ravaged city of Lud that lies beyond, but also the rage of a train that might be their only means of escape.

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.

©1991 Stephen King; (P)1998 and 2003 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Splendidly tense...rip-roaring." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is Stephen King at his best." (School Library Journal)
"Gripping." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Catherine El Paso, TX, United States 03-21-11
    Catherine El Paso, TX, United States 03-21-11
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    "Amazing!!!!"

    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!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Pensacola, FL, USA 04-25-10
    Cindy Pensacola, FL, USA 04-25-10
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    "Still hooked"

    This stuff is like auditory crack. Good thing SK isn't bent on taking over the world (I think?). Because like Flagg's peeps, I'd be toast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 01-16-11
    Nik 01-16-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "A crazy book...and that's the truth!"

    King did it again with book 3. Except this time he reached new heights, or depths, of insanity in Roland, Eddy Dean, Susanna and newly wretched from a house of horrors Jake from book 1. A mechanical bear with maggats eating him alive, the Grays, Blain the train and a demon that may have impregnated Susanna in a graphic sex scene. I was stunned, appalled and amused. I admit I loved it! Will continue this series just so I can keep saying "It can't get crazier than this?" then be proven wrong!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 11-20-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 11-20-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Between a three and a four."

    It's well-told tale with imaginative settings and characters and scenes, some of whom are original and interesting, and a couple who just don't work for me. On the other hand, it's a story that has slight mythic overtones but doesn't seem to have a grander purpose than entertainment. Some of the settings are reminscent of the post-apocalytpic worlds that were so common in 80s movies and fantasy, where a once advanced civilization has reverted to a tribal, superstitious world after some as-yet unrevealed calamity. Mad Max, Planet of the Apes, etc.

    It's a rich story with King's usual attention to detail and sometimes maddening technique of drawing the suspense of a scene out to an agonizing degree. In that sense it's an excellent book. Compared to his later works like "Duma Key" or "Bag of Bones," it offers less beyond just the story it is telling. So far, at least, anyway. The entire series seems to be developing, so I'm hoping later books gain some of King's later sophistication.

    Also I just hate the way Frank Muller reads King. He reads other works with an impressive sophistication, but King he reads with an over-the-top melodrama that makes me just turn off the book after a while so I can recover. It apparently works for others, though, so it may be a matter of taste.

    So, good story, great settings, some annoying characters and bad scenes, and a reader that got on my nerves, but I still gave it four stars. I would have given it three and a half if that were possible, but it just tipped to four because I like King's detailed settings.

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    Greg san mateo, CA, USA 07-19-04
    Greg san mateo, CA, USA 07-19-04
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    "great book"

    this book is better then the first two and keeps you guessing what will happen, it makes you want the next in the dark tower series.

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    Harry 06-19-04
    Harry 06-19-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Best in the series so far..."

    The Waste Lands is the best in the series so far. If you found the Gunslinger drawn out or the drawing of the three too confusing, I urge you to read the Waste Lands. There's a big surprise!

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    Ryan Saint Louis, MO, United States 07-21-15
    Ryan Saint Louis, MO, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2015

    It's me!

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    "Great"

    Best book in the series thus far. Loved it and the performance of the reader.

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    LGC 07-21-15
    LGC 07-21-15

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    "Had to read the series again - I missed the characters"

    I read the entire Dark Tower series three years ago. Because I've thought of the characters so frequently since then, it was time to read all of the books again. I'm glad I did, even though there are so many other books in the world. These are among the best.

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    Max 07-14-15
    Max 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and perplexing throughout! With great narration"

    This story is phenomenal and a great tale that continues the story of The Dark Tower series , intriguing , mentally perplexing and engaging all at the same time while King does an amazing job with his vivid descriptions, seeming to know the perfect point to go to to create an extraordinary image while being concise and coherent

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    Daniel 07-04-15
    Daniel 07-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A long time coming."

    I started this series with book 4 when I was 15.
    I love it then and reading it again all these years later make me even love it more.
    I have nothing bad to say about this book or the reader.
    Well worth the credit.

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