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.
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"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)
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
I've listened to Frank Muller in "The Drawing of Three," and "The Waste Lands." He has been phenomenal every time.
Roland of course, and Rea of the Coos really sticks with one as well...brrrrr.
Totally addicted to this series!
I like listening, because I get everything, my imagination fills in just like reading, maybe better.
I am not going to spoil it for anyone, but I absolutely love Oy.
I could tell who was speaking, without being told. It made it seem more realistic.
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!!
Listen to the whole series, it is great.
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.
to any of the others in the DarK Tower series
Very high, but I mostly listen to nonfiction, so it's not a fair comparison.
There are many, but the building of tension and the development of the characters is masterful. King is a master of suspense, and this is a prime example. The elaborate world he creates is totally engrossing. You really feel like you know the characters, right down to the mood they're in. My only complaint is that he seems to have a need to give some of the grossest details and at times this might not be nessesary.
Muller's narration seemed over-acted when I first started the book, but it grew on me as I continued to listen. He was really an amazing actor and story teller. You not only know instantly which character is talking, but you get a sense for what they are thinking and feeling as well. Muller also sets the mood and pacing of the different scenes masterfully.
Impossible, but I could not stop listening. I was truely addicted right up to the last sentence.
This is an excellent continuation of the Gunslinger series. Stephen King brings all of the chacters together in this continuing story in an artful and dramatic manner. It doesn't hurt to have Frank Mueller doing the narrating.
Yes, badass. Reminds me of me.
Roldand. Badass, reminds me of me.
Glass and Wizards
This book was excellent and could stand alone from the other books in the series. Frank Muller's range of characters was fantastic, I am greatly saddened by the fact that he was not able to complete the series. It was nice to see how our hero Roland Deshane became the man we all love (not to mention how the ca-tet stops Blaine the Mono).
outstanding multiple story lines. Great performance. Easy bonding and identification with characters. Great twists! Must read for King fan
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