In the fourth powerful novel in Stephen King's best-selling fantasy quest, the Dark Tower beckons Roland, the Last Gunslinger, and the four companions he has gathered along the road. And having narrowly escaped one world, they set out on a terrifying journey across the scarred urban wasteland to brave a new world, where hidden dangers lie at every junction: a malevolent computer-run monorail hurtling towards self-destruction, Roland's relentlessly cunning old enemy, and the temptation of the wizard's diabolical glass ball, a powerful force in Roland's first love affair.
It is a tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. And the Tower is closer.
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Loved the flash back of Roland's first love, at first I didn't want to leave the present and the main characters of the series, but then I didn't want to leave Hambry and come back. Frank Muller gets 5 stars for narration!
I am a voracious reader both print and audio. The best stories hold you from the opening paragraph and keep you wanting more.
Another richly imagined world full of memorable characters that blur the boundaries between good and evil. This is the basis of all Stephen King stories. It makes you ponder the grey areas of ethical decisions and the hold that Ka seems to have on all of us. A must read for the whole of Roland's story.
I really enjoyed this book, it tells an excellent story from the formative years in Roland's past without truly revealing as much as it brings up new questions. We really get the 'western' feel from this story, which blends beautifully with the medieval upbringing of Roland's childhood and immediate future.
King is a gifted writer who builds great castles with a few bricks, but not everybody wants to meet the shadows in all his many tales. Those who do revel in his gift and are never disappointed.
One good thing I can say is that the cliffhanger from the previous book was resolved.
I have been enjoying this series very much and of course I wanted some information on the background. Especially the back stories that made the characters who and what they are. My disappointment arises because this book in the series has taken me away from the main story almost completely. Yes it fills in some gaps but much more than I needed. I am more interested in what is supposed to be happening now. It's like a novel inside a novel that I wasn't expecting to read and didn't really want to.
It's not a 100% bad story but compared to the excitement, suspense, character development and plot building of other books so far in the series it's fairly boring. I even felt that the characters were bored. Teenage love story ends in tragedy - well we already knew this from reading the first three books in the series so no surprises there.
Frank Muller - brilliant as usual.
"Can't praise this series enough"
If I could give this series of books 10 stars I would. Fantastic from start to finish. This is just anouther great chapter in Rolands journey.
"Follow the yellow brick road...."
The ka-tet learn the story of Roland's youth; how he fell in love and just who the wizard and what the glass of the title are.
"the dark tower"
what i loved about thr dark tower is the story teller.he takes you into into to the story.you become part of the story,a forth travler.
"An addictive and engrossing series gets better!"
I started listening to this series right after finishing The Stand and have thoroughly enjoyed everything so far.
I was initially a bit sceptical and snooty about Stephen King's writing, but I now love the themes and characters in both series. The pace is good and both collections are very engaging.
The narration took a bit of getting used to, but if you can cope with the unusual (mis)pronunciations of words such as Cuthbert, Alain and Merlin (pronounced as if the reader has never heard them spoken aloud), Frank Muller's range of voices and consistency is pretty much perfect.
Looking forward to seeing Idris Elba's Roland whenever the film is released!
"An Absolutely amazing performance."
The master of fiction. And one of my inspirations for writing. A gem to read and own
"This story still makes me want more"
Good continuity, greatly assisted with skilled story reading by Frank Muller. keep it up Frank
"listning to book"
i enjoyed it being read then reading as i could hear it why i was doing something else
"Stephen kings epic tale"
Stephen King has created an interesting group of charactors and some wonderful lands. This book is number four but is a prequel to the books before. The story is based around a young Roland and sets up the story brilliantly. Action packed could even read it as a stand alone book. Really enjoy the dark tower books.
Lord of the rings, nightwatch.
Perfect.voice for all the characters
Get involved Stephen King best work.
The performance by Frank Muller is nothing short of phenomenal. He truly brings the characters to life.
The relationship between Roland, his friends and Susan is fascinating and deeply poignant. The love and frustration experienced here is something everyone can relate to. I would argue this is one of, if not the best, examples of storytelling by Stephen King.
Unfortunately my own creativity does not stretch this far!
Just listen, you will not be disappointed. Extremely moving.
"amazing as always"
this series gets better and better. can't wait to read the next! do have to say I strongly suggest reading it at 1.25 speed for this narrator. but with that small change? amazing! !
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