In the third novel in King's epic fantasy masterpiece, Roland, the Last Gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower, which haunts his dreams and nightmares. Pursued by the Ageless Stranger, he and his friends follow the perilous path to Lud, an urban wasteland. And crossing a desert of damnation in this macabre new world, revelations begin to unfold about who - and what - is driving him forward. A blend of riveting action and powerful drama, The Waste Lands leaves listeners breathlessly awaiting the next chapter.
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Very High, dark tower series started me off on Audio books & the late Frank Muller is my favourite narrator.
Roland, tough gunslinger character, very similar to David Gemmells Jerusalem man (aka Jon Shannow). Read superbly by Muller. Even Stephen King said he would listen to Mullers reading to get in the atmosphere to write the next dark tower novel.
I've listened to many of his performances and all are good, but in my opinion this is his best.
I just love the world and characters he has created, so strange & disturbing. Have read and listened to the whole series, and without a doubt prefer listening because Muller takes you right into the world with his powerful performance.
Great book, the characters are brilliantly written and act realistically as opposed to a Hollywood hero. I'm hooked.
The only issue is a strange delay on the voice that you can hear in gaps.
This, the third book in the Dark Tower saga, really brings the ka-tet together and sets them on their path. It has some very dark concepts and unpleasant sections both because it deals with negative emotions, war, assault, abandonment etc and also because it shows weaknesses in each of the characters. It ends on a heck of a 'To be Continued' which feels quite frankly cheap, but I'm one of the fortunate ones that had the next book loaded and ready to go !!!
Frank Muller seemed to take perverse pleasure in extending each horrific second and left me breathless. Fabulous, thoughtful narration.
The characters are more 3 dimensional with each becoming more aware of their roll in the quest. This book in the series is a page turner with plots and scenarios evolving and a cliffhanger ending.
"Ok.. Now I love this Narrator"
Well, I reviewed book 2 and was at that point a bit peeved that the Narrator had changed from Book one. I thought it was the narrator I didnt like, but I was wrong - it was infact my pet hate that narrator changed in a book series and nothing else. I find that I now love this narrator and cant imagine the characters having been any other way. A bit of google searching reveals that unfortunately Frank Muller was unable to complete this series after being in an accident and that is the reason for the alternating narrators. Both are excellent, I am sure it will jar again when Frank Muller is no longer reading but I am sure it will become as enjoyable again very shortly afterwards. I am very glad that book one has the "new" narrator as I will have heard his voice already when the change comes again. The Story is utterly superb as is the narration, I had no idea that I was listening to and giving a bad review of a narrator who was considered amongst the best, after many hours listening to this Narrator I can now see why he was chosen to read these books and it is a real shame that he has since passed away and will never complete the set.
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.
"Welcome to Roland's world!"
Not really. I'd put them on level footing. Stephen King's writing style lends itself perfectly to written or spoken word.
The re-drawing of Jake back into Roland's world. A scene that could easily have been in many of King's other books and just as creepy and tense as any top quality set piece in King's books.
Roland is my favourite but I think that not only does Stephen King write Eddie Dean very well, he is also very well portrayed but Frank Muller. The characterisation is brilliant!
I'm not sure about laugh and cry but seeing Roland and Jake's schizophrenic anguish is quite emotionally disturbing and heartbreaking.
Another strong story which facilitates the introduction of Roland's Ka-Tet and gets them involved into Roland's world quickly. It's good to see the crossover between real world, King's novels and the new world we are exploring.
loved it, a fantastic story in a epic saga, can't wait for the next one
Not as good as the second book in the series but better than the first. Left on a real cliff-hanger, which must have been maddening for anyone reading them as they were published, but fine as I was able to move right onto book four.
"Enter the Ka-tet"
Jake arrives after his ill-fated appearance in Book One. The Ka-tet is now complete along with a cute wee badger/raccoon/dog mix called Oy. They travel through the Waste Lands looking for a monorail to speed them towards the tower.
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