In the second novel of King's best-selling fantasy masterpiece, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three doors which open to 1980s, '70s, and '60s America. Here he joins forces with the defiant Eddie Dean and courageous, volatile Odetta Holmes. And he confronts deadly serial killer Jack Mort.
As the titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspires to bring an end to Roland's quest for the Dark Tower....
Masterfully weaving dark fantasy and icy realism, The Drawing of the Three compulsively propels listeners toward the next chapter. And the Tower is closer.
©1987 Stephen King (P)1991 Penguin Audiobooks
Slightly thin story
Roland and Eddie Dean seem to be a good match for one another
Nowhere near the performance of George Guidall who read the first book in the series, The Gunslinger. Frank Muellers narration feels laboured and uncomfortable, a monotonous droning that from time to time made me pause the story to give my ears a break. His voice for Eddie is identical with Lenny from the Simpsons, which makes the emotional complexity that King tries to weave into his character unconvincing. Not a good performance at all.
One tower, three gunslingers
This story, while interesting and extremely well written, is not quite as engaging as the first of the series. I was drawn to Roland, to his quest, his perfection, his solitude in this world that has somehow moved on. The contribution by Eddie and Susanna and their emotional baggage and split personalities amount to little more than a confusing distraction for which there seems to be little justification at least for the time being. Eddie and Susannas relationship is confusing, their romance is surprising and not credible. Who married them?And why is east on their left side when they are travelling north, up the beach? Something to find out later, perhaps...
Despite it being clearly numbered, I keep remembering this story as the third of the series rather than the second, and I fall into the trap of thinking there hasn't been as much development by this stage as there should be. Then I realise my mistake and I'm impressed all over again how so many new characters and developments are worked into the story. This is a great second volume to what starts as quite a confusing story, with more exposition worked into the narrative than you'll realise until a future re-reading.
Fabulous characters, imaginative, dangerous creatures, excitement, sentiment, love, sadness - what more could you want.
The main character Roland had so few redeeming qualities and the storyline was so dismal in the first book of the series that I was unsure whether I could read a whole series.
In book two we are introduced to three new characters who are compellingly different to each other and prove the perfect compliment to Roland. We start to realise that he has many fascinating levels of complexity to his personality after a long history of experiences.
Although Mr King cites many influences for the series the storyline is original and exceptionally well told as only he is capable. The first book to me had the wordiness and pretention of a young writer. The second book is more like the Stephen King I know as the superior wordsmith and master storyteller.
The narrator for the first book was quite good however Frank Muller brings a more vivid interpretation of the convoluted characters.
Another fantastic novel by Stephen King. When I first read The Gunslinger (The First in the Dark Tower Novel) it felt to me, more like a Western. I had a vision of Clint Eastwood in a bad Western movie. I pushed through it as it's Stephen King and I expected that The Dark Tower series as a whole would get better and really bring out the parts of King's books that I love and that I have come to expect from the master that is Stephen King.
At the very start of The Drawing of the Three, it grabbed me. It struck me straight away as different from The Gunslinger and once this one grabbed me, it didn't let me go, not even for a second. Every word of this book drew me in and I was fully under the spell. It is a great novel and one that read more like a Fantasy.
If you are planning on reading The Dark Tower series and you are unsure about it, I urge you to read it anyway. Push your way through The Gunslinger if you have to because you will not regret it once you get to this novel.
The Drawing of the Three has me firmly in the Dark Tower series and I can't wait to read more of it.
"Supernatural duma chuck dida chick"
I was totally absorbed in the first 3 hours of this book as Roland battles with hideous lobsters on the beach, and then came the door. Moments later he is on a plane inside the mind of the rooky kid Eddie Dean. Stephen King takes us on another supernatural roller coaster in this superb series of books charting the course of Roland and the Dark Tower.
Fantastic characterisation, vivid descriptions, great narration. King at his best. What more can you ask for really?
Always loved this series of books, a big Stephen King fan. Frank Muller didn't just read the story, he got into the characters and under their skins. He acted the parts, becoming a one man rep company. I really hope he narrates the rest of this series.
"the dark tower is the post modern lord of the ring"
Ive read all 7 books and the audiobooks capture the epic well.. if you like king strictly for horror this may disappoint as its not his usual fare, but an awesome tour De force nonetheless.
I'd listen again since this is one of my favourite stories in the series so far (only read the first 4 so far) and it always grips me!
Some slight issues with audio quality during the book. A slight muffled delay is present in the background of the audio when there is a moment of silence.
Doesn't detract from the listen experience on a noticeable level though.
Read all these in book. listened ohh god lost count nine or 10 about . sminal work of such story telling genius. Thank you Mr King
I saw the praise The Dark Tower series was getting and wanted to be part of it. Unfortunately, I struggled to get through the first book. The only reason I spent a precious credit on the sequel was because people promised it would get better and that book 1 was the most difficult. They were right.
The drawing of Three has a richer plot, more interesting characters, and plenty of locations outside of the desert to fuel your imagination. There is so much mystery surrounding Roland's world and the worlds beyond. The Dark Tower is no longer about a lonely Gunslinger walking across the desert, occasionally stepping through a village, and then continuing on his way. And Roland finally developed a personality! Everything I disliked about book 1 has been resolved!
Now that I am enjoying the series, I'm able to fully appreciate the narrator. His is amazingly talented. His accents are convincing and his changes in voice match the mood of each scene perfectly.
If you struggled with the first book as I did, give this one a try. I think you'll be pleased. And if you enjoyed the first book then just know that it gets even better.
"Better than the first."
This book is even better than the first. I think this is because of the new characters brought in. As good as Roland is, he's not really a barrel of laughs. The new characters gave the story a little more diversity.
"His strongest Dark Tower novel"
Definitely. It is easily the strongest of the stories and the mixture between story and characterisation (considering we are being introduced to Rolan's new 'Ka-Tet') is brilliantly done.
The tension when drawing Eddie Dean into Roland's world and the pressures both sides of the door. I won't spoil it for the new reader but the balance is on a knife edge and very tense.
Frank Muller was the original reader of the Dark Tower series. Sadly, he passed away in 2008 but his reading style and gravelly voice are perfect for reading this kind of story. George Guidall does a great job but Frank Muller is definitive for the Dark Tower books in my eyes. (or should that be ears?)
Will we have a flush or go bust?
As previously stated, easily the strongest of his Dark Tower novels (although "Wizard and Glass" is very close) and provides a gripping and well realised story that the reader (or listener) won't want to stop following.
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