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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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    The Big D 03-06-15
    The Big D 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It's good not great"

    I like the series so far, this book less than the other two. Seven words remaining, four, three, two, and one.

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    Joel 01-24-15
    Joel 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the two before it. I recommend this series to anyone.

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    Steven 01-21-15
    Steven 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing third installment"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Waste Lands to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version, but I suspect losing the narrator would take away from the experience.


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

    There are many of them. However, losing Jake for a second time was quite memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Roland and Jake take on the tick tock man.


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

    Roland. I would love to speak to the last gunslinger of Gilead!


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    W. Wittenberg Houston Texas 01-14-15
    W. Wittenberg Houston Texas 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This is where The Dark Tower becomes a great series"

    After an underwhelming book one, and a big improvement in book two, The Dark Tower series hits its stride here with Book Three. Having added the wonderful characters of Eddie and Susana to the quest in book two, Roland adds a third here. I won't go in to much detail, but it's obvious you're in the hands of a master storyteller at the height of his powers here. By the end of the book I was at the edge of my chair, gripped by the story and horror struck by the dramatic finale (this was not very good for my workplace productivity, but some things are more important!).

    The narrator, as in the previous books, is tremendous. He has a unique ability to not just create unique voices for all the characters, but to also wring every last drop of drama from the reading of the story.

    Really a superlative book and audio production. I couldn't recommend it highly enough!

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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-27-14
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-27-14 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    "Just like Blaine this book takes of like a shot"
    Where does The Waste Lands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its average but by far the best in the series.


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

    Oy the Billy-Bumbler finally learning to trust the group and starts talking.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices, man this guy can do accents and his gruffness is a perfect fit for Roland.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope not this one but I do have a fondness for Oy and whenever her was in peril I got worried.


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    Donna Salina, KS, United States 09-08-14
    Donna Salina, KS, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "ENTHRALLING"

    One of Stephen Kings best writing, The Series is enthralling, interest and a real page turner. Can't wait to get Book 4.

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    Joshua Kring 06-21-14 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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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 06-06-14
    Mike 06-06-14

    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 2014

    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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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