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)
Having thought about this book for a few days post read, I'm giving it 3.5 stars overall. At first, it took me a while to adjust to the narrator. I actually had to go back and re-listen to the first hour or so, as I was just too tripped up by his voice. I have not listened to the previous Dark Tower books in audio-- I read those. Honestly, his voice was initially too "old" for my taste at the beginning but it grew on me and as the story went along. His portrayal of Callahan, Roland, Andy, and the villagers was great... Eddie and Jake, not so much and Susannah, meh.
Unfortunately, there was just too much Callahan in the book and not enough about the town of Calla. The Callahan backstory was wasted on me and it went on for too long. I was okay with the Todash interludes. I would have preferred more of the storyline to follow the folk of Calla and possibly other villages or just more of a plot revolving around the town. I was quite fascinated by Calla.
The end of the book comes to a crescendo, and given the length of the novel, a lot happens in the last couple hours. Perhaps too much. Either the book should have been shorter by cutting out Callahan's story or it should have been cut and more backstory added about the Calla folks. This would bump the story up to a 4.5 for me.
The story seemed to end quite abruptly. I suppose since the next one was written, you're supposed to dive right into it and continue. I've came this far so I don't guess I can quit now, however I'm not too excited to begin a story that seems to be set up revolving around my least favorite ka-tet characters... literally, CHARACTERS, as we're talking about Mia also. Haven't we been here before?
Some one else reading the story.
I have not finished it yet.
He ruined it and I could not finish.
I would have cut the story teller.
The guy who read this used baby talk for all the character's voices in the book. This is the worst audiobook I have ever downloaded and feel ripped off for buying it. I will just read this one.
The emersion I felt entering and getting to know the Calla and its inhabitants.
Any other Stephen King book, one word, AMAZING!
Roland hands down!
Jake, ohh Jake.
I've finished the whole Dark Tower series, and I think that this is one of the best. It stands alone as a great drama worthy of a movie. But the beauty of it is how the character development is coming together by this point. So much subtly in Susannah, not to mention Roland, Jake, and Eddie. This is also a great book for learning more about Roland's world. Not quite as deeply as in Wizard And Glass, but in important ways. It's a great setup for the intense drama that unfolds in the following books. The action in this book is gripping, but what's in store is hard to imagine at this point.
I like books and I assume you do as well. Why else would you be here?
His inflection and range of character voices is great!!
Yes and no you need the breaks to process the story.
Yes and have
Very interesting! This series is such a great series you never want to put the books away.
3 stars for Callahan story, 2 stars for Calvin Tower story.
4 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 5 IN THE SERIES.
Three stories are divided into sections and interrupt each other. I would have preferred each be told completely before moving to the next. However, some of the author’s ideas and creativity are wonderful. I’m enjoying the language and phrases he uses in this world. “We are well met.” “You forgot the face of your father.” Si (pronounced sigh) instead of Mr. or Miss.
I loved the story about the wolves. It’s inspired by the Magnificent Seven movie. The gunslingers (Roland’s group) help a farming community fight bandits who periodically rob them. Here the bandits wear wolf masks and ride horses. They steal children. It was well done. Neat characters.
A second story was pretty good. It starts where the book Salem’s Lot ends. Father Callahan survived the vampire and left the town Salem’s Lot. He became a drunk and periodically worked as a day laborer. He ends up in the future in the farming community of Calla where he meets Roland’s group. (You do not need to read Salem’s Lot for this.)
The third story is Calvin Tower in 1977 New York City. He owns a vacant lot where a magic rose grows. Some bad guys want to buy that land. Roland wants to buy it to protect the rose. There are a few trips through time to interact with Calvin. Parts of this were repetitive. Eddie and Jake are seeing the same things we saw in earlier books. I’d prefer a shortened version of this story.
NARRATOR: George Guidall was ok. His voice for Eddie was weird.
Genre: apocalyptic time travel fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Set in an apocalyptic future, Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)
I didn't realize the importance of the narrator in a book story until this book, books 2,3,4 from the dark tower series were narrated by Frank Muller and i enjoy his vivid and characterization to the max, now that George Guidall return for volume 5 i found it like a 100 years old grandpa telling a story, with a monotonous voice and dragging words, making my mind drifting away from the story every 5 minutes and making it really hard to follow the story line just like book 1 "the gunslinger"
Yes, I like this series and am glad he finally finished it. It's the continuation of the first ones, so why wouldn't I want to continue to see what happens? Why does he finish books where he does?
Jake, I always like Jake, young, but savvy after such a short time with the group.
The different voices.
The padre, he really had a good story and the way it went with all things.
Book 5 in the Dark Tower series, Wolves of the Calla is really the first to create a new world. The group comes in from an apocalyptic wasteland into reasonable civilization again, civilization that's in trouble. If you're looking for King's horror, this is not it. It's closer to a Sci-Fi spaghetti western. But the characters are engaging and the story has enough unexpected turns to keep you pleasantly surprised.
The new narrator picks up an excellent job from the first few books. I was initially upset at the change, but after hearing King's reason why the change was made, it's entirely appropriate. Guidall, though different in technique, is just as engaging as Muller was (and I continue to wish the best for him and his family).
Start from book 1 if you haven't already. The later books are more interesting if you understand that all 7 were written over the course of 30-some years. Knowing a little about King's actual life and biography will help, especially his near fatal car accident in 1999.
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