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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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    Kevin Murphy 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic story and narration"

    I fiiiiiinally have gotten around to reading/listening to this story, the fifth in the series. I began the series, devouring the first three books just out of high school in the 90's and then lost track of it. Caught up w and absolutely loved Wizard and Glass in mid 2000's so It was a real thrill - and high expectation to begin reading WoTC.

    In short, King delivers, WoC captures a culture and a mythology that surely had been in existence long before Roland and the ka-tet of 19 arrived. He continues to interweave and expand with riveting clarity the connections between our world and and the parallel world of Roland's and the beam. My one "disappontment" was that I had guessed the wolves secret but it turned out to not matter. Regardless I was pacing back and forth anxiously - unable to sit due to excitement during many of the later scenes, especially in the climactic last two chapters.

    George Guidal's narration is artfully crafted and performed with expert skill. The way he depicts a gravellly gutteral tone of voice for the gunslinger and then adjusts to a more nasal innocence for Jake and the different characters is wonderful. It's an enhancement to reading that makes me think I'll never go back to fiction on the page.

    Wait whats that? A shimmering door? Ah the chimes! Not now, I need to finish this review... If you're a fan of the series pick up WoC it's fantastic. ...i hope these words find you well... I must go, for there are other worlds than these

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    Euleasia 07-11-16
    Euleasia 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this series!!"

    I love how Stephen King weaves characters from his previous novels into the Dark Tower series. Learning what happened to the priest from 'Salem's Lot is certainly a welcome surprise. I can't wait to see how his part continues to play out, AND I can't wait to see who else gets woven in.

    George Guidall did an okay job with the reading, but on the whole I prefer Frank Muller's interpretation of the characters.

    I can't wait to see what happens next!! Bring on Song of Susanna!

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    Steve 06-23-16
    Steve 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent - a MUST LISTEN!!!"

    As with most listeners I was disappointed to hear about the loss of Frank Muller. I read a LOT of poor reviews from George Guidall's reading so, after finishing wizard and glass I waited a good 6 months to start Wolves of the Calla. I have to say that I feel George did an amazing job!!! I was pleasantly surprised and truly enjoyed listening to this. So much so I plan to give he gunslinger a listen before moving on to song of Susannah.

    Like most King novels this one had its share of bizarro world; however, it works.

    I still find the wastelands (Blaine the mono) and wizard and glass my favourites so far but I am looking forward to reading more of Roland's tale...

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    Dustin Jones 06-16-16
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    "just keeps ramping up"

    If you are buying this one then you are probably already deep into the series. This book just keeps raising the stakes to our wanderers and leaves you with a longing to hear or read what will happen next. Sit back and enjoy the ride

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    matthew 06-14-16
    matthew 06-14-16
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    "the saga continues"

    love these books with each one posing more questions than answering the world of the dark tower becomes more crazy and mysterious than ever and the situation more dire can't wait to hear the next one almost makes me sad im so close to the end of the series

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    michael 06-10-16
    michael 06-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "just so know."

    it would repeat chapters, making you listen to hours of the same story. you have been warned.

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    Elle 06-09-16
    Elle 06-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Stephen King delivers and the narrator..."

    Wolves of the Calla is a perfect follow-up to book IV. If you have been reading the series and made it here...keep going, you won't be disappointed! The reason I am writing this review is because I almost didn't purchase the audio book due to the many negative reviews about the narrator, George Guidall. I am very happy that I did buy the audio book and continued listening to this series.

    George Guidall has to transition into his role as narrator. He is replacing Frank Muller who did an amazing job with the first 4 books...as a listener, I came to really LOVE Frank Muller's interpretation of the characters and their voices. He helped me create a wonderfully vivid world in which Roland and his Ka-tet wandered. He will be missed as a narrator. With that said, George Guidall is very good as well. He starts out stiff and at first I was a little disappointed. However, after a few chapters he finds his rhythm, he does justice to Stephen King's novel. If you are worried about the narration...don't be...purchase the audio book. I am on the final audio book in the series and I have come to love George Guidall's interpretation as well. Don't be put off by the negative comments about George Guidall...he does find his rhythm and voice.

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    Corey 06-06-16
    Corey 06-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent"

    truly like a play. listen to it while driving, and it makes long trips a lot more enjoyable

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    T. Levi Reed 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "uh-huh... not a good book"

    Not a good book to listen to while trying to wind down at night.... you just keep going and going and going.... great read and listen

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    bbsoundless 05-28-16
    bbsoundless 05-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "great book!"

    great book! imiss Frank Mulher though... but after getting used to the new guy the book was a great listen.

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