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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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    Jeffery Summerville, SC, United States 12-06-12
    Jeffery Summerville, SC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Keeps getting more and more intense!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Waste Lands the most enjoyable?

    Frank Muller does an absolutly increadible job


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only on this series and he does it so good.


    Any additional comments?

    This series just continues to get more and more exciting. You just have to continue this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 11-13-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Some parts excellent. Some parts slow."

    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.

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    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”)

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    Andrea SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-07-12
    Andrea SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this whole series. It's hard to find these epic tales!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Frank Muller really portrays Roland well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. M. Watts Annandale, VA 11-05-12
    R. M. Watts Annandale, VA 11-05-12 Member Since 2003

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    "The Whole Package"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Waste Lands to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    His deep, serious, compelling presentation marries perfectly with the desolation of Mid-World and the world weariness of Roland and other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Natalee Oregon City, OR, United States 11-04-12
    Natalee Oregon City, OR, United States 11-04-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Waste Lands the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer bolivia, NC, United States 10-11-12
    Amazon Customer bolivia, NC, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm hooked on this series - and the narrator couldnt be any better! A Must Read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gotta be Roland - he can do it all!


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Muller has such an ability to change his voice for each character and bring each to life, its impossible to pick!


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad to have found this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-22-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "What a ride!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Waste Lands to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bringing Jake back into the story. I love that boy!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - always a wonderful performance!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Roland and Jake's struggle to reconcile their doubled timelines.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is awesome, made much easier to enjoy because it's in audio format.

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    Anne San Diego, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Anne San Diego, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best series on Audible"

    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.

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    Laura C Cox Copiague, NY United States 07-11-12
    Laura C Cox Copiague, NY United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story!!!"
    Would you listen to The Waste Lands again? Why?

    I have listened to this series three times. It's his best!! I though "the stand" was until this.


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    joel blandon, PA, United States 06-29-12
    joel blandon, PA, United States 06-29-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I think The Dark Tower series is amazing can't wait to get the rest of them


    What did you like best about this story?

    it keeps you wanting more


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure about other performances but this was pretty good


    If you could take any character from The Waste Lands out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I liked all the characters


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money and time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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