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?
"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.
"Worst narrator ever"
I love these books, having read them all pretty much as they were published. The narrator of volume one was not great, but this guy is awful, he reads this like he is doing the trailer for a 1980s action movie, and he reads really fast, tiring to listen to :(
"A new Narrator"
I admit that this is one of my real pet hates with Audiobooks that are a series when the Narrator changes between books. I have tried not to base my review on it being a new Narrator, rather just how I find listening to this Narrator in his own right. The book I give five stars, no question, Great story but I am sure the narration style would have grated with me equally in the first book. It is a pity that we only have the single rating option here as I would like to give the book 5* for plot but 3* for narration. I am trying to get used to it and ignore the times it grates as I really enjoy the story and this Narrator comes again in series. I am sure I can get used to it and its not so bad I would say it is a huge problem. I just cannot get the "movie trailer voice" style of Narration to sit well in my mind yet, but I am sure I can put up with it and it may not be so bad once I am used to it.
"The Three Doors"
Roland wakes up on a beach, just as a mutant lobster slices some fingers off his right hand - his shooting hand. On crawling away from the tideline he sees three doors. Only Roland can go through these doors, and here he meets Eddie, a cocaine mule, Odetta, a schizophrenic civil rights campaigner and finally, a murdering accountant. How will these three strangers help Roland on his quest to reach the Dark Tower?
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