The fifth novel in Stephen King's magnificent epic, one of the most popular series in publishing history.
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.
In the fifth novel in King's best-selling epic fantasy series, the farming community in the fertile lands of the East has been warned the wolves are coming back. Four gunslingers, led by Roland of Gilead, are also coming their way. And the farmers of the Calla want to enlist some hard calibers.
Torn between protecting the innocent community and his urgent quest, Roland faces his most deadly perils as he journey through the Mid-World towards the Dark Tower.
©2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
Despite the narrator change (which is explained, sadly, at the end of the book), there are clear re-dubs within this title, especially in the second half. Either another narrator has stepped in, or has been recorded on different equipment, at a different time.
It's not much, but it is jarring. Also, the actual audio quality is not great, very low, very bassy. And for some reason, there are two parts where it seems a sound effect is used... also very jarring considering not a single one has been used within the last go knows how many hours.
Great story, bad recording, narrator is... ok. Mostly maintains the vocal distinctions but does fall flat on some others. Just started the next book and it does seem that some of these criticisms have been addressed though so fingers crossed.
It was probably faster for me to listen to this than to read it myself. The audio book was long so the paper book would be very long and I would probably take forever to finish it.
Well if you have read the previous four book you kind of have to read this one too.
He has a great voice, so it is like being read a book by some old grandfather.
Yes, and it has one. These questions should probably not show up for book 5 out of 7 in a series.
Only two books left in the Dark Tower series now. Let's see where Mr. King takes us.
I am a voracious reader both print and audio. The best stories hold you from the opening paragraph and keep you wanting more.
It's a shame that frank muller is unable to continue reading for us. I hope his recovery is progressing.
Wolves of the calla continues to expand on the lives of the travellers and again links other King novels with the dark tower. It is full of all the King delights - good versus evil, the shoot out, the heroes. What's not to like?
The story is fantastic. The voice is clear and understandable, but you can clearly hear when the cuts are made. Also all the characters sounds the same
All of them: it's a great book
Sadly Inconstant, not very "in-role".
- THE MOVIE THAT DOESN'T TOTALLY WRECK THE ORIGINAL BOOKS -
Fantastic story nonetheless. I would have preferred another reader. but it's not that bad.
Calla was a valuable step in the Dark Tower saga, though it seemed a little like a distraction at first. We see more of the history and reality of the Tower, the Beams, the Guardians and the Low Men through flash backs and similar devices, with important progression of the ka-tet's mission. Enjoyable, especially because everything really speeds up from here, two books from the end and it really feels like you've hit the peak of a roller coaster, it's all been build up but it's a wild ride from here on in.
There are so many good reviews for this book and I just don't get it. I enjoyed the first three books in the series very much but there are too many side trips.
It is becoming obvious how much time has elapsed between the beginning of the series and the last. So much time that I think Mr King has lost the plot. The storyline is getting lost with the rehashing of other stories from other novels. I don't mind occasional flashbacks and sidetracks if they help complete a story but when they become a distraction, long winded and unnecessary to the plot these diversions become boring. Father Callahan! Boring with a capital B.
The continuation of the new storyline has some good moments but they are few and far between and there is so much old stuff to wade through it becomes boring.
Also, I can't say I like the development of Roland's character much. He was a hardnosed cowboy who let a little boy he loved die and now he's just plain soppy. The story of the Dark Tower hasn't moved ahead very much, i.e. there's not much new happening.
I seriously miss Frank Muller's narration but George Guidall does a fair read.
"Amazing book, great series, narrator pretty good"
The mystery, the strength of story
Roland, who else?
So many difficult to choose...
Any of the scenes to do with sacrifice
Just wanted to mention/reply to the above comment regarding the narrator to this book not being as good as the previous series narrator, Frank Muller. Did you listen to the afterword, whoever wrote this review? I think I'm inclined to believe Frank was better-without disrespect to this narrator, cry your pardon, who I don't think as bad - but Frank Muller was all ready and set up to narrate this one and the rest of the dark tower...then he had a horrible motorcycle accident, leaving him with lots of neurological damage and unable to work. So I feel bad being too hard on the guy, or on this other narrator who does do a reasonable job. Here's wishing Frank Muller all the best.
Narration was brilliant, drawing the listener in further in when needed. Story line gripping as in the rest of this series so far. Since using audible I watch a lot less television as I enjoy using my imagination. Being dyslexic I get to enjoy books now.
"Audio series ends here - Change in Narration"
I Intend to finish the Dark tower and perhaps get more S.K. but I cant say I'm eager to hear more fo Guidall.
Nothing. I wont be finishing it (yet) so cant comment on that score.
Frank Muller (RIP). Excellent job on earlier books and over thirty hours in established himself as essential as the words themselves. Changing him for anyone, however good is frustrating. I mean this respectfully. George Guidall however is a poor substitution.
I will read this instead, with the sound of Frank Muller inescapably in my head - the dramatic change is too large to overlook. The importance of a Narrator in some cases, such as this example, is all but equal to the Author and changing the Narrator is akin to changing the Author part way through. I tried the first few hours and Guidall really muddys up the characters and the story suffers as a result. I hope he has better luck elsewhere.
"Liked it a lot"
I liked his voice of the gunslinger. His female voices sounded good, but I did not believe Susanah too much. Susanah, being a black woman would probably sound slightly different, but those are details, really. George Guidhall gave this story a voice that I never heard, and say thankee for that. Thankee big big.
"No one ever does live happily ever after"
I gave the story 4 out of 5 because I got annoyed by Steven King's numbers fetish, especially the... Well just have a listen
"George Guidall is the narrator"
I have just started this audibook and was disgusted to discover that George Guidall is the actual narrator. He also narrated the first book. Frank Muller narrated books 2 to 4, and in my opinion is a far superior narrator. For example, I liked the way Frank had Roland sounding like a cowboy, and Eddie sounding like a New Yorker. With George, all the ka-tet sound like each other, even Oy the billy-bumbler sounds like the other characters.
It is going to be hard to enjoy the book.
Clarified, in my own head, some of the things i struggled with in the reading of the book. Dont know why, but well worth it.
"Guidall upped his game!"
Absolutely! This is right up there as one of my favourite series! Excellent characters, excellent story, I would expect nothing less from Stephen King.
Eddie's final confrontation with a certain AI...
I was really disappointed to find out that George Guidall was back doing these audiobooks as Frank Muller was awesome! Also very sad to hear about what happened to Frank, RIP. But in all honesty, I feel that Guidall upped his game big time. Started off slow but really got into it.
The Wolves are Coming...
Just excited for the next one now!
another great novel loved it, the reader made it easy to listen to. :-D .
"the dark tower series gets better and better"
I've never been a diehard King fan. Yes I've enjoyed the odd story, yes I loved IT, but who doesn't.? my only exposure to King had been the screen adaptations. I think it was my girlfriend who suggested this series on a recommendation she recalled. so I gave book one a try. I nearly gave up on it but by the end I was hungry for the next instalment
so here I am at this book. what did I not. like about. well I wasn't sure about how he named check another author. and himself. to me it seems pointless. or is it? maybe I'll find out differently. what I loved was every thing else. this book was 27 hours but it didn't feel that way. now I want more. tomorrow is my pay day. 4 days later is my new credit day. I'm not waiting and I'm just buying the next book. if your mulling around and looking for an inspiration for a purchase you won't go wrong with this. God I hope the film is as good.
"Another great book in Audio"
These books are a fantastic journey and wonderful to revisit in Audio. The performance is absorbing and first class onward to the Tower
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