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)
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.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
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!
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.
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!
Yeah, I'm hooked on this series now. I found nook three of the Dark Tower octailogy to be my favorite so far. It ended in a crucial spot, which made me run out and grab book four right away. This is my new opiate.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
The third book of the Dark Tower series finds Roland, Eddie, and Susannah (the synthesis of Detta/Odetta) making their way through Roland's world, which, as the reader now knows, is a place that has "moved on". For reasons no one understands, the threads of reality are coming undone, and time and space no longer function quite as they once did.
There's also a plot concerning a temporal paradox around the boy, Jake, which Roland’s actions created in the last book. Thus, we spend a segment of the novel in 1977 New York City, where Jake, given a second chance at life, realizes that a strange force is pulling him away from his ordinary existence.
Hopefully, you don't find the mystical stuff too annoying, because there's a lot of it here. King's heroes are strongly affected by insights and visions that conveniently pop into their minds at the right time, thanks to “ka” (a kind of force of destiny).
If the first half of the book drags a little while we wait for Jake to depart New York, it becomes more exciting once the fellowship of the Dark Tower sets off through Midworld. The carnival of horrors that King invents -- giant, cyborg monsters, succubus demons, a haunted house that comes to life, a decaying metropolis occupied by vile post-apocalypse gangs, an evil, sentient train with a taste for riddles -- is somewhat campy, but the man has the lurid imagination and storytelling gifts to pull it off. Though he borrows from every idea in sight, from the Wizard of Oz to The Road Warrior to Tolkien to T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland to 2001, there's an appealing earnestness to it, a sense of the author paying homage to a greater literary metaverse. There's even a blink-and-you-might-miss-it homage to Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian (in a later book).
Though not without flaws (mainly King's wordiness), this series has a little bit of everything in it, and the characters come to feel as familiar as old slippers. Where's the TV miniseries? At this point, if you're not hooked on the quest of Roland and his friends to find the Dark Tower, it's probably not for you. Part Four, after resolving the cliff-hanger that ends this book, will spend most of its pages digging into Roland's backstory. Despite the detour, that one was probably my favorite.
I'll let you know how it holds up.
Really great. Definitely listen or read the first two though. Drawing of the three has always been my first favourite though. The narrator can be a little repetitive in his tone and speaks like everything is ominous. It fits in the book but sometimes it can seem a little ridiculous. Too bad the narrator of the first book couldn't do the others. But he does a pretty good job nonetheless.
If you've made it this far, there is no stopping. Wizard and Glass is the best book in the series, this one a close second. Press on.
I'm not a fan of spoilers so I am reviewing the listening experience rather than the content. At first I was annoyed by his theatrical voice, but as he began to differentiate the character voices he brought the story to life. I find some of the repeated sayings of the characters getting stuck in my head because of the way he performed them. I also remembered details more easily and differentiated between who was speaking quickly and without question. I hope that he is also the voice of the next book in the series.
I think that had a read this book myself I would not have enjoyed it as thoroughly and that is saying something because I LOVE to read.
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