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
"Splendidly tense...rip-roaring." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is Stephen King at his best." (School Library Journal)
"Gripping." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Frank Muller does an absolutly increadible job
Only on this series and he does it so good.
This series just continues to get more and more exciting. You just have to continue this series.
3 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES.
A few parts were very good. Some parts dragged, but it wasn’t bad drag. I’m just used to lots of good ideas all the time from this author, so it’s not his best. This is mostly the story of 11-year-old Jake being found and added to the group of Roland, Eddie, and Susannah. Jake comes from 1977 New York City.
One of the best parts is early in the book with a 70 foot bear. Many authors have characters being attacked. Too often they all sound alike with the hero or heroine fighting with a weapon, then winning, or running away. This bear story is an example of wonderful writing. The bear had parasites, was sneezing, got snot on one of the victims who had climbed a tree. A helper shoots the bear in the butt to get the bear to bend down. It was a colorful scene. It was great.
Another unexpected and fun scene was Detta being sexually attacked by a demon. She was so tough, the demon wanted to get away and couldn’t. I would never have thought of that. I was laughing.
NARRATOR: Frank Muller was fabulous - as always.
Genre: apocalyptic time travel fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)
I'd recommend this whole series. It's hard to find these epic tales!
Frank Muller really portrays Roland well.
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Haven't read the print version.
Roland, of course, who is the central protagonist, and the person who tries to understand both worlds as he moves back and forth, and whose mystery is still unfolding.
His deep, serious, compelling presentation marries perfectly with the desolation of Mid-World and the world weariness of Roland and other characters.
Not many have commented on the lyricism of King's writing, which I think is enhanced by Frank Muller's performance. He weaves such incredible word pictures, which become ever more so vivid when driven forth by audio. I have read various King books in print, and prefer the audio presentation for this series.
I've already read the books, but listening to them allows me to cook, clean, drive, and perform other tasks while hearing the story. I don't have to commit myself to reading only. I can multitask, which is very helpful during my busy day.
The standoff in the Tick Tock man's lair was very exciting, and I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happened next, and if they would get out alive or not.
Yes, I've listened to the two previous books in the series. He is a very good actor, and the voices he uses for the different characters are amazing.
Mostly when I listen to it I'm in the car or doing dishes. I never want to turn it off, but who has an extra 18 hours to commit to listening to a book in one sitting?
I love Stephen King in general, and this series in particular, but I am glad that I read the books before I listened to them. I feel like I would have missed some details. They might be minor details, but still. However, listening to them allows me to get through them much quicker, and it is very enjoyable.
I'm hooked on this series - and the narrator couldnt be any better! A Must Read!
Gotta be Roland - he can do it all!
Muller has such an ability to change his voice for each character and bring each to life, its impossible to pick!
I am so glad to have found this series!
Absolutely, because I just simply would not be able to read this book. I need the audio because I can then listen during drives and while working.
Bringing Jake back into the story. I love that boy!
Yes - always a wonderful performance!
Roland and Jake's struggle to reconcile their doubled timelines.
This whole series is awesome, made much easier to enjoy because it's in audio format.
If you are looking for that special series to draw you in and not let go, The Dark Tower is it. Most series get bogged down in too much detail and either the plot falls apart or some of the books are weak or downright dreadful (Rober Jordan's Wheel of Time is a good example). With The Dark Tower, King establishes himself as a master of storytelling and of his ability to go beyond the standard categories of horror/fantasy/sci fi. I know other listeners prefer Guidall, but with The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands and Wizard and Glass, Mueller's narration is spot on.
I have listened to this series three times. It's his best!! I though "the stand" was until this.
Yes I think The Dark Tower series is amazing can't wait to get the rest of them
it keeps you wanting more
I'm not sure about other performances but this was pretty good
I liked all the characters
Well worth the money and time
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