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Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV | [Stephen King]

Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV

In the fourth installment of The Dark Tower, Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Beam, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero.
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Publisher's Summary

In the fourth installment of The Dark Tower, Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Beam, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero: a long-ago romance of witchery and evil, of the beautiful, unforgettable Susan Delgado, of the Big Coffin Hunters and Reah of the Coos. And when his tale is finished, Roland confronts a man who goes by many names, a man who "darkles and tincts" and who may hold the key to the Dark Tower.

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.

©1997 Stephen King; (P)1998 and 2003 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"It is King at his most ebullient. He's at his best here...as a storyteller who can set pages on fire." (Publishers Weekly)
"The writing is expectedly imaginative, the story line engrossing, and the characters vivid." (Library Journal)

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    Raychelle 03-25-14
    Raychelle 03-25-14
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    "Flashback time for 28 hours"
    Would you listen to Wizard and Glass again? Why?

    Yes this is essential to Roland's back story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Flushing out where Roland came from


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

    Roland


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

    Not feezable but would have loved too


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    Derek Fuquay Varina, NC, United States 02-20-14
    Derek Fuquay Varina, NC, United States 02-20-14
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    "Long Days and Pleasant Nights.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wizard and Glass to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Muller's performance is second to none, and the characters dont so muh as jump out at you but grab ahold of your shoulders and throttle you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Im a big fan of a crafty villain, so Eldred Jonas takes the cake for his calm and collected game of castles with Will Dearbon and his friends. Sheemie is also a fantastic character introduced in this book.


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

    Jonas' voice, the high quavery old man's voice was spot on, and when he needed to get his point across it was cold as ice.


    If you could take any character from Wizard and Glass out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Susan. But I would like to pick Rolands brain.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best book in the series in my opinion. Really makes the world of MidWorld come alive. King shows that even a backstory can be brought to the front and almost outshine the current plot. Frank muller is just phenomenal in this book, and I get chills even after relistening to it over and over again. We truly lost a legend when he passed.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-24-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Epic and majestic. Beautifully written..."

    This is some of the finest writing that Mr. King has ever produced. As a true Constant Reader, I have read and enjoyed nearly every book that Stephen King has produced, and I can honestly say that this (may be) my favorite.

    The situation left dangling at the end of book 3 is quickly resolved, and soon Roland is set to tell the story of his first love and first true test as a gunslinger. The majority of this book revolves around Roland and his original ka-tet and their adventures in Mejis as very young gunslingers. The story is steeped in battles, mystery, love and tragedy. It is a coming-of-age story that revolves around the greatest character King has ever created. Much of what Roland becomes is due to the events of Mejis and Susan Delgado.

    Frank Muller was created to tell this tale. His narration and character work in this narration are flawless. He was a bright candle that was snuffed far too soon. I can not reccomend this book strongly enough. Make sure to listen to the series in order, but get to Wizard and Glass as soon as you can!

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    Dennis 11-12-13
    Dennis 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book very good book"
    Would you listen to Wizard and Glass again? Why?

    Yes but I want have too it will be in my head forever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wizard and Glass?

    Susan


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Bar scene


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could write like that. I wish I could hear more than one voice for all characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Irving, TX, USA 09-28-13
    Jim Irving, TX, USA 09-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book!"
    What did you love best about Wizard and Glass?

    The story, within a story is great! We learn a lot about Roland before our initial meeting with him in the 1st book. In my opinion this is King at his absolute best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Roland's dilemma and what he decides to dois great story telling.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Muller does a great job of conveying the voices of the characters. He also has a very rich sound to his voice that I never tire of hearing.


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

    The love story was sweet and heart wrenching at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is easily my favorite book in The Dark Tower Series! As stated great story telling by Stephen King here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Lebanon, PA, United States 03-04-13
    Richard Lebanon, PA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great step along the trail"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I am never tempted to listen to a book in it's entirety a one time, especially one of this length.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole "Dark Tower" series over a three week period. A little long, but an excellent story. This was my second listen to the whole series. Steven King's descriptive writing is excellent, this is what makes the books long.

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    Richard Howell, MI, United States 02-26-13
    Richard Howell, MI, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awsome"
    If you could sum up Wizard and Glass in three words, what would they be?

    I was completely absorbed by this book and sad when it ended


    What other book might you compare Wizard and Glass to and why?

    Any of the dark tower series so far but this has been the best


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Great job


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Faizan Pingree Grove, IL, United States 02-25-13
    Faizan Pingree Grove, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The bonds of love and friendship"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're reading the Dark Tower series, you know this is the 4th book. Unlike the other 3, this book has a different focus. It is a story of love and friendship. Through this book we learn much more about the past of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger. Stephen King does not typically do romance novels, but he does so brilliantly here, capturing the essence and infatuation that comes with young love. This is a gut-wrenching novel, one that will move you if you invest yourself fully in the story and characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wizard and Glass?

    The bar scene with Cuthbert, Alain, and Roland was great!


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Frank Muller's deep and raspy voice provides a perfect tone to the story. I was skeptical of his ability to portray female characters, such as Susan Delgado, but he did so admirably in this outing.


    If you could rename Wizard and Glass, what would you call it?

    The Gunslinger's Past


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    Greg 02-03-13
    Greg 02-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome story. Awesome reader."
    Where does Wizard and Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way at the top. Top 10, easy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Have to be Roland. Such a survivor.


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

    Same thing ... Roland. Frank Muller does every character just as described.


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

    The end of Roland's tale in Magis is heart-wrenching.


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    CHRIS MIDLAND, TX, United States 01-14-13
    CHRIS MIDLAND, TX, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    The Gunslinger series is one of my favorite stories and this audio version is outstanding

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