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Wolves of the Calla Audiobook

Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

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Publisher's Summary

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland's world; and Oy, the Billy Bumbler.

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.

©2003 Stephen King; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 03-10-13
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Running on all cylinders"

    The Dark Tower Series has grabbed me and is holding my attention quite well at this point. I really care about the characters. I really want to walk along with them on their journey along the path of the beam. This story is right out of Peckinpaw and Kurasawa. With a King-like bent. I'm all in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Harish Ramachandran Jacksonville, FL 06-09-04
    Harish Ramachandran Jacksonville, FL 06-09-04 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, but buy the book"

    This is a great story, but if you have read the books and not listened to the audiobooks upto this point, then I recommend you continue in the same fashion. I read the previous books and then thought I would listen to this one, but the voice only ruined the engraved perceptions I had of every character. The narrator's voice does not suit the characters well at all. Luckily, my friend bought the book and halfway through listening I started reading instead and then I began to like the characters again. Besides, there are pictures in the book which don't exist in the audio version. I love audiobooks, but I recommend you stick with the regular version of this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Armstrong 04-05-12 Member Since 2002
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    "King at his Best: Great Fantasy Fiction"

    First, you don't have to guess that this is an other-worldly version of The Magnificent 7 (AKA The 7 Samurai) because King tells you it is in his intro. So I'm not giving anything away because it's no secret. It's beautifully done. This is NOT a horror story. It is fantasy fiction with a wonderful plot, a great reader, and King writing at his best.

    I'm not a fan of King's horror genre stories. Just not my thing. But oh my, this man can write and when he is at the top of his game, nobody writes better. He is not merely a good writer: he's a great one. Lyrical. Elegant. Creative. Of this series, this was my favorite and remains so. For anyone who loves really well-written sci-fi fantasy, this is absolutely worth your time. Although reading it as part of the series certainly helps to keep track of the characters and locales (King references places from other stories and brings in characters from other books), nonetheless the book does stand on its own legs. You might miss some references if you're not a King fan and haven't read all his other books (I'm one of them and my son, a die-hard King fan had to fill me in on who was who), but the story works regardless.

    If you've read this in hardcopy with the wonderful illustrations, it's still worth giving this a listen ... especially if it has been a few years since your initial reading. Audio is just a different reading experience. Different pacing, differently nuanced. And absolutely worth your time.

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    Amanda Fremont, MI, USA 06-28-04
    Amanda Fremont, MI, USA 06-28-04
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    "Wolves of the Calla"

    As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For years I have read and listened to Stephen King and this series has to be my all time favorite. However, I was completely disappointed in the narrator choosen to replace Frank Muller. I was half tempted to discontinue listening after the narrator continued to mispronounce Cuthbert's name. This left me with the impression that this narrartor had never listened to the series or even read them for that matter. I am nearly finished listening to this installment and look forward to the next but I hope they find a different narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Charlotte, NC, United States 03-12-04
    Steve Charlotte, NC, United States 03-12-04 Member Since 2012

    An Audible veteran with more than a decade of commutes listening to audiobooks.

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    "The Epic Continues"

    If you're looking at this book then you have more than likely read or listened to the first four Dark Tower books. This one continues the story in another great adventure, and like the others leaves you wanting the next chapter of Roland and his ka-tet. Thankfully, those chapters are written and we can hear them later this year.

    The Dark Tower is a masterpiece! This is my 6th time reading the entire series, and the only books I have ever re-read.

    Geouge Guidall does a good job narrating, but it's hard to listen to him again after the previous 3 books read by the stellar Frank Muller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Marlowe Los Angeles, CA United States 02-07-04
    Brad Marlowe Los Angeles, CA United States 02-07-04 Member Since 2016
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    "Frank Muller is Sorely Missed"

    I agree with an earlier reviewer who stated that the books in this series keep getting better. I found the first one, The Gunslinger, merely average, but am very glad that I stuck it out through books 2, 3, 4, and now 5. I feel fortunate that I came to the series late, in fact only when they emerged on audiobook, because I was able to emerse myself in the whole series to date - over the course of three month's listening. Frank Muller's narration felt a little over the top at first (in the Gunslinger) but I soon warmed to it, and then grew to love it. That must be why this volume, the first that was not voiced by Muller, felt lacking at first. The characters all spoke differently, of course, and that felt like the sequel to a great film in which a new lead actor replaces the one who made the role famous (Hannibal comes to mind), but by hour 6 or 7 - I was back onboard.

    All and all - a great read.

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    Natasha 01-06-04
    Natasha 01-06-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Book"

    Good as it gets!

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    Winford Houston, TX, United States 03-16-08
    Winford Houston, TX, United States 03-16-08 Member Since 2015
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    "I miss Frunk Muller too"

    With Guidalls's narration, it's sometimes hard to distinguish between characters during dialog. Muller did a much better job of capturing the different character's accents, genders, ages, and tones. I was so disappointed in this reader, I am now seriously considering not finishing the series.

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    Kelly 06-15-15
    Kelly 06-15-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Moving along quite nicely."

    I love how the story is moving along. All the strange bits and pieces are falling into place. Already downloaded the next book.

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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, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "A fine installment in the series"

    This is truly one of my favorite stories in the Dark Tower series. I tend to enjoy the tale of the ka-tet most when they interact with people or groups from Roland's where and when. The folken of the Calla and their story is very rich and very satisfying. A lot of questions are aswered in this book about the next level of the progression towards the tower. Questions about the character of the members of the group as well. A great addition to the series, and a fantastic listen!

    My only deduction in the area of the performance was for the way Mr. Guidall portrayed Andy the robot. Not how I heard him in my head, and threfore not as enjoyable for me. Probably my problem as much as anything. Not enough to deduct from an overall 5 for the book! Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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