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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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    Albert San Antonio, TX, United States 11-22-12
    Albert San Antonio, TX, United States 11-22-12
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    "Draws you in"
    Where does Wizard and Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is number 2 on my list of Stephen King's work preceeded only by book one of this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are brought to life so well.


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

    Jonas was the best character


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

    I felt a great connection to Roland in this book


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    Andrea 11-07-12
    Andrea 11-07-12
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    "Great tale!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wizard and Glass the most enjoyable?

    The end of Blane was a great twist! Eddie is actually good for something... Roland, as always, keeps the story enjoyable.


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    Amy 11-05-12
    Amy 11-05-12
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    "Great Audiobook!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wizard and Glass to be better than the print version?

    It's convenient.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. What a sweet boy.


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

    Roland.


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

    Roland. He's a thousand years old and must have tons to share.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Stockton, New Jersey, United States 10-31-12
    Adam Stockton, New Jersey, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect"

    I love this series. Frank Muller is a narrator that I would just listen to a story for the sake of hearing him read it. His inflection and variety are really amazing. I was nearly heart broken when I discovered he didn't finish the series but George Guidall is really amazing as well. I suppose Mr. Mullers interpretation of Eddy's voice kind of threw me off but thats the only thing that comes close to a complaint.

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    skeem nosaj California 10-30-12
    skeem nosaj California 10-30-12 Member Since 2012

    Hoopla!

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    "So Depressing It Hurts..."
    Would you listen to Wizard and Glass again? Why?

    Over and Over again, while Roland's story is heartbreaking it is a great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cuthbert Allgood, because while he's good natured and fun loving he can still go to work when necessary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The mexican standoff that wasn't


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

    The last 1/3 of the book is very moving.


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    Patrick Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-08-12
    Patrick Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2013

    BC, Canada

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    "About as good as audiobooks get"

    This is a combination of a fantastic story, the 4th instalment of a saga thats really hit its stride, and audios best character reader, Frank Muller. Stephen King at his best (and as per usual verbose-but in a good way- that allows for great character and story development and an appreciation for subtle detail) paired with the reader that can bring the most out of any character. Everyone in this story not only has unique voices and accents but you really get a feel for who they are and what they are experiencing/have experienced. It is great to see the subtle tie-ins between this series and other King books. The way it connects to other King novels is well done (but not overdone) and very enjoyable for the listener.

    The only caveat I have to include is that books 5,6,7 (which I am currently listening to) were unable to be read by Muller after his tragic accident. The writing and story are still excellent but the shift back to the reader from Book 1 (George Guidall) was in my opinion not the best choice. Guidall is a good reader/storyteller with a nice voice but very flat on characters who end up all sounding the same...and this is a series where the characters and their unique attributes are important, especially after setting the precedents established by Muller. King has used Grover Gardner (The Stand) and Stephen Weber (It) on other selections and someone along those lines may have been a better choice for the lengthy last 3 books.

    Anyways, this is a great series and specifically to this review Book 4 is amazing....you will not be disappointed....just start from the beginning and enjoy a lot of value for your audiobook credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dani Cincinnati 09-20-12
    Dani Cincinnati 09-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Top notch story, Top notch Narrator!"
    Where does Wizard and Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is one of the best stories I have ever come across. I have known for quite sometime, as many do, of Stephen King's endless talent!

    However, what really makes this audio book stand above all others is the Narrator.
    Frank's voice is, for lack of a better word, magic. I could listen to him all day. Any praise I give this guy could not do him justice. I HIGHLY recommend that you listen to Frank's craft and see for yourself!


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

    This man's voice brings these characters to life in the most beautiful and personal way.

    Stephen king himself said it best :

    "(When Frank reads the blind will
    see, the lame will walk, and the deaf
    will hear."


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    Amanda STROUDSBURG, PA, United States 09-10-12
    Amanda STROUDSBURG, PA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Frank Muller is an amazing artist who develops a distinct voice for each character that becomes immediately recognizable once you get into the story. Stephen King is "The King" in my humble opinion. His characters are so deep and so real that you can't help but fall in love with them, even the awfully evil ones!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cuthbert...mostly because he made me laugh out loud the most, but I also love Shemi (sp?), his heart and determination make him a most memorable and lovable character.


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

    I've listened to Frank Muller in "The Drawing of Three," and "The Waste Lands." He has been phenomenal every time.


    Who was the most memorable character of Wizard and Glass and why?

    Roland of course, and Rea of the Coos really sticks with one as well...brrrrr.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally addicted to this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janette M. Bennett Cornell, Illinois, US 08-28-12
    Janette M. Bennett Cornell, Illinois, US 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "highly recommend"
    What made the experience of listening to Wizard and Glass the most enjoyable?

    I like listening, because I get everything, my imagination fills in just like reading, maybe better.


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

    I am not going to spoil it for anyone, but I absolutely love Oy.


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

    I could tell who was speaking, without being told. It made it seem more realistic.


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

    Yes it was, all of them in this series were. But, I listened at work, and limited it to them. It sure made me anxious to work all week!!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the whole series, it is great.

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    Judith 08-13-12
    Judith 08-13-12
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    "Interesting story"
    What made the experience of listening to Wizard and Glass the most enjoyable?

    This series is like you could start anywhere in the series or one of the books and you wouldn't get lost. I can't seem to stop listening to this rather long series of stories, more for the way SK writes and his use of words than for the story.


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

    to any of the others in the DarK Tower series


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

    Oy


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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