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 easily the best of the Dark Tower books by Steven King, and is probably the one with the broadest appeal. It takes the classic backdrop of a spaghetti western, set in the Gunslinger's work. The action is fast paced throughout the book, and you can certainly enjoy this one without having read any of the other books.
If you've enjoyed the Dark Tower books so far, this should be more than satisfying, and if you haven't read any of them, but have enjoyed westerns in the past, you should give this book a try!
The narration was so distracting, I couldn't get into the story. Listened to no more than 20 minutes, tops, before I had to shut it off.
If you loved books I-IV, you will hate book IV. Not for the content which I haven't even read but for the narrator. I have listened to the foreword and the first chapter and had to put it down.
For those of you who don't know, Frank Mulller who read Books I-IV was in a motorcycle accident in 2000 and never fully recovered. He passed away in June of 2004. With Muller not being able to read, George Guidall took over and he destroyed the audio narration of the Dark Tower Series. Eddie's accident is pathetic and Susan is just as bad.
I for one am going to have to find the time to sit down and read the book the old fashion way because there is no way I will be able to get through another 64 hours (Book V, VI, and VII time combined). Simon & Schuster Audio really screwed this up big time.
Spend your money on another audiobook. Maybe the Great Gatsby narrated by Frank Muller.
I have been listening to The Dark Tower Series from book 1. I absolutely LOVED Frank Muller and his variety of voices. This latest reader just leaves me cold, however. I looked to see if maybe I could expect Muller to be back for books VI and VII, but no such luck.
This guy's voice sounds like a shaky old man's voice, no matter which character he is reading. Sometimes gets REALLY confusing.
Only 4 stars because of the reader.
Honestly, I'm extremely disappointed by the person they have reading this fifth book. Frank was amazing and had the personality down perfect for each character. All the main important characters were very distinct.
With this other guy, they all sound the EXACT same, with a lisp. Seriously, I am so disappointed by this guy I dont even have the appropriate words for it.
Great book, crappy crappy narration. Thumbs down for that alone. *sighs*
I just finished listening to The Wolves of the Calla. I felt the reader was excellent and the story was compelling and a must read for those who want to get to the Dark Tower. But this story does not warrant over 935 pages. Don't get me wrong, if a story is engaging and the plot is moving at an understandable pace then alright. But we are given back story after back story and there is really never any mystery of what will happen in the end. King as always does an excellent job of immersing you into his world, but at a point it gets a little annoying and you are just hoping that the actual story of the book will get going. I did enjoy the book and I love the characters, but this thing could have been cut in half and it would have had the same, if not better impact.
If you must read the final two, go ahead, but this is the only really decently written of the three. Great story, great narration.
I thought the writing and especially the storytelling were pretty good. King's still got it.
There are many complaints here about the narration not being as good as Frank Muller's. I agree, but I have never listened to anyone who could fill his shoes. In case you didn't know, Frank had a very bad motorcycle accident and will (most likely) never be able to work again.
I miss him, as I am certain do countless others.
I think George Guidall does a decent job at reading it, but I wished Stephen King had decided to read the last 3 books himself. He has always been one of my all-time favorite readers. Either way, completely worth the money and time.
This book is so wonderfully absorbing, i couldn't stop listening to it. i must admit to being a serious Dark Tower junkie, but even w/o that, i'd still feel the same about this book. the speech of the locals is beyond great. the narrator is truly a genious, i couldn't say it any other way.
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