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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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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

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"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.

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    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 01-16-11
    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 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 2007
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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 United States 06-19-04
    Harry United States 06-19-04 Member Since 2002
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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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    Joshua Kring God's country 06-21-14
    Joshua Kring God's country 06-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I love epic fiction and really well writen stories and competent narrators. I listen to 2 or 3 audio books a month, sometimes more.

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    "The best in the series."
    Would you listen to The Waste Lands again? Why?

    Don't ask me silly questions. I wont play silly games.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Waste Lands?

    I loved the screwed up people of Lud. The pubes and the greys.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, this is the best book in the Dark Tower series.

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    Mike United States 06-06-14
    Mike United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Mike Young of Osawatomie Ks

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    "Love this"

    This is the last one I own on audible and the price of the rest is kind of scary. But, I am listening to it via the library and I'm on book 7. I've loved every part including this one. Offbeat, fun and filled with many actual events in our world. I wish the series could of gone on forever. I'm not a big SK fan as I haven't read very many of his other than the tower series, wind through the keyhole (the first sk book I ever read) and 11/22/63 (the best so far). Give this series a chance but be prepared to experience something great but probably not what you expected. Keep an open mind.

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    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 05-14-14
    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.

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    "Not a Waste Land!"

    This book may feel a little slower than the first two book first off, so fair warning! That aside this book dives much deeper into the gunslinger's mind, or lack of in some cases. You will also spend more time in "our" world than would be expected.

    With those things aside the book has great pacing,action where it should be, and does not shove action down your throat every chance it gets. This book is the break point in the series to me, if you dont like this one, you are not going to like any of the other books down the line.

    The cover and the title are a little misleading, as you will spend very very little time in the wastelands and the train does not come into play nearly as much as it would suggest in this book, in fact its almost as if the next book should have had this title.

    All in all its an amazing book but do not expect what you have gotten in the first two books of the series, expect a more paced, character driven book with a deep and haunting story line. that at times leaves you thinking of what this would would be if everything just .....moved on.

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    Barbara 05-01-14
    Barbara 05-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Book, Excellent Voice Acting"

    Everyone knows the Dark Tower series is one of Stephen King's masterpieces and if you've made it this far in the series, you already know that this book is amazing.

    However, the reason I'm writing this review is with specific regard to the voice actor. In this book, Frank Muller gives the best performance that I've heard thus far, not only in this series (I'm actually on book 5 now), but in any Audible book that I've listened too.

    His narration is flawless and the breadth of character voices (both male and female) is nothing short of astounding. If you're debating whether to read this in physical/e-book form or listen to this on Audible, listen to it. It's worth it.

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