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
"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)
The series has never really caught me. The main character is interesting, but the others to me are annoying and distractingly stereotypical.
The story itself to me was flat, and parts were manipulative (of the reader). King tries to write about teenage love, and you wonder if he ever fell in love as a teenager. Parts were meant to shock the reader but seemed too obvious to do so.
But even at his most average King is a good storyteller, and this story has interesting settings and fills in more details about Roland and his world, and of course the scenes are exciting and well constructed. The story spreads beyond the troubles of the main characters, and that makes it more interesting. In the end, I liked it, but I felt too manipulated to love it.
The reader, Frank Muller, is distractingly bad at times. His reading of African American characters sounds like a Glenn Beck minstrel show, and his reading of younger kids is shrill and annoying. Many of King's characters in here are stock western bad guys, and Muller's stock reading of them flattens them even more. By the way, Muller reads other works very differently.
If you like the series, you'll like or love this book. If you haven't read the earlier books, don't start with this one or you'll never catch up.
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