In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.
As Father Callahan tells the ka-tet the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the Calla folken both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough.
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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"Gonna be a humdinger of a fight! Fore and aft of the showdown, King stuffs the book with juice...One of the greatest cavalcades in popular fiction is back on track." (Booklist)
"The high suspense and extensive character development here...plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his 'Constant Readers' in awe." (Publishers Weekly)
This is one of my favorites of the series. This is where it really starts to take a new turn. It is just so amazing. I have read all of them a number of times so I know what happens next in all, now. I've also listen to them too many times to name. The new narrator does an amazing job. It likes to have killed me waiting for the next one the first time I read it though. So if you have made it this far go ahead and get all of them now.
I loved it. I have listened to this story 4 or 5 times. As usual Stephen King is very descriptive of the scenery the feelings and George Guidell has an awesome performance.
jaxtrauma (member since 2007)
Great book, great narration from a guy who had a really tough act to follow. I think Mr. King found the best available.
I'm excited and saddened that were reaching the end of this journey. What a wonderful edition to the tale.
The reader is warm, flexible, and incredibly talented.
This is undoubtedly the greatest book in the Dark Tower series. This is the encompassment of the gunslinger and his ka-tet told in a story that can be listened to on its own as well as within the series
Avid reader IT professional, a firm believer in quality in all things.
I am in the minority but I found this book to be unworthy to be called a book, novel or story for what it matters.
After forcing myself through the first quarter I did skip to the last and found it sightly better. Turns out nothing was missed by fast forwarding most of the story that is little more than a collection of incoherent sentences with little context to the barely existent story line. Instead, there are many short stories inside stories that keep diverging and never converge. Many listeners put blame on George Guidall and I find this unjust. No reader can create quality in a book that has none.
Needless to say I will not bother listening to the last books in the series.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
I love how it included references to many different popular real world works of fiction but I didnt feel like it moved the story forward much. It felt like this book was all character information that will possibly become important in the last two books.
Definitely, I love all of Stephen Kings books and would recommend all of them.
Guidall does great with Roland and Callahan but thats about it. He doesnt do accents or women well.
I know HBO is working on turning the whole Dark Tower series into a TV show but I can't really see any actors right now being able to have the chops to bring this to life.
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