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)
First, I much prefer Guidall's reading to Muller's. Muller's melodrama rubbed me wrong. Guidall is slower, more even, better matched to novel, and his characters don't sound like offensive stereotypes. I wondered through the whole book if King wrote this better or if it was just read better. (Looking at a few reviews, obviously not everyone shares my opinion).
This was King at his overly-descriptive best. You can feel, smell, taste, and hear everything, whether you want to or not. The story is more interesting than the previous books of the series, maybe because other characters have a bigger role, and it does not center completely around the central characters as much. And even the main characters have more depth and complexity, and in the right ways, in here. Rather than the cheap gimmicky complications of the earlier books, some of the complications here are less gimmicky.
Overall, it's a well-written fantasy novel that does for the old west what Tolkein did for medieval England. It never gets very deep or complicated, it has no great metaphorical meaning that I can discern (maybe I'm missing something). It's just a good story. This one gets a little more flavorful than previous Tower novels in its reference back to King's "universe," but not enough to give it a deeper meaning.
I have enjoyed this whole, admittedly slow moving, series so far, however; Stephen King writing himself into the story is not going to end well. OK. Fine. Connect some of your other characters and plots to the story. We get the idea and it is not a bad one, but don't confuse the author with the story. With the addition of Stephen King as a character I fear this epic world that has been created, will just turn into an author's self-aggrandizing view of his own muse.
Part V is a great way to ramp up to the last of the mysteries of the Dark Tower. Avoiding spoilers, there is a certain pun in what or where the "Calla" is and some interesting tie-ins to other King novels. Its a fast listen, and moves and flows in typical Stephen King fashion.
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.
This is a great example as to why I love Stephen King!!! The only reason why I marked the book down a bit is because I felt the ending was a little off.
The other review's will give you a background on the story. I am a longtime King fan, but this was my 2nd audiobook. George Guidall's narration of this story was first rate and made the experience very enjoyable. I now research the narrator almost as much as the author / story when looking for a new audiobook.
I have been following this series from the beginning and have loved every page of every book (even that silly stroll through the Wizard of Oz). But this book killed my interest as true as Roland's aim. A series that began as a surreal western in the first book, became an exciting parallel universe tripping adventure in the second, then rolled into a full fledged SCI FI journey by the third. After that it lost what little grounding it had and by this book became tiresome in it's endless dialogs and pretentiousness. The story of Sue and Mia just isn't working for me and I am sorry to see it take center stage. Most of all I miss the action that was so prevalent in the other books. Nothing ever happens (gun fights) until the very end of the book. I really hope the next one is better because I have come to far to stop now.
George Guidall is a good reader. Frank Muller is a great reader and a good actor. George Guidall adds little to the book. Frank Muller would have made it come to life. I hope nothing's happened to him. If you've heard books 2-4, you'll miss him too when you start #5.
I can't tell you how much I miss Frank Muller. I did not notice that he was not the narrator of this book until I started listening. I found out that Frank had a horrible accident, that has left him unable to read for audio books anymore. This is one of the greatest losses for audio books that has come in decades. It is the worst for The Gun Slinger book series. The replacement voice is so different from Muller that it was hard for me to continue in this series at all. I did however continue and feel that this book is one to get. It will take time for you to get used to the new narrator, and the truth is you may never like him, but the series had to continue and someone had to replace Muller. I know how much a narrator brings to a book series, but you'll just have to make an exception on this series and continue listening. This series is one of the best I've ever listened to, and hope that the loss of Muller will not affect the number of listeners to this book. I wish you well Frank, and hope that God will heal you soon and brings your voice back to the audio book world. Maybe you could even re-do the rest of the Gun Slinger books and give us the true story, in the voices we had come to love. A greatful fan!
If you have not read any of the Dark Tower Books read them first. You will need the history. However at the start of the book it will summarize all of them, however it is brief
The Drawing of the Three
Wizard and Glass
In the Wolves of Calla, it is the continuation story of Roland Deschain and his ka-tet trying to reach the dark tower, however again I am disappointed in Steven King. Flagg will be back. Father Callahan (Salem's Lot) Has turned up, and if that wasn't enough (don't want to spool it )but you would never believe who is the guardian of the Tower.
I feel that King is running out of ideas, It is a entertaining however, I am just disappointed that King is pulling from his other books and not original story lines.
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