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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla | [Stephen King]

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

In the fifth novel in King's bestselling 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.
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In the fifth novel in King's bestselling 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.

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    Sivitrii 09-01-14
    Sivitrii 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Peak of the roller coaste"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 06-04-13
    Liz 06-04-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "I don't get it"

    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.

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  • Jamie
    United Kingdom
    12/21/13
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    "Amazing book, great series, narrator pretty good"
    Would you listen to The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla again? Why?

    The mystery, the strength of story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roland, who else?


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many difficult to choose...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any of the scenes to do with sacrifice


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jakub
    CROYDON, United Kingdom
    3/7/14
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    "Liked it a lot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "No one ever does live happily ever after"


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    7/22/15
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    "The Epic Conclusion"

    George Guidall does a great performance and breathes life to the characters in Stephen Kings epic The Dark Tower series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Winifred McManus
    5/23/15
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    "Stupendous"

    Wolves of the Calla is the best so far, I cried numerous times and the ending in the cave...meta fiction, boy oh boy.
    As an English woman I was absorbed in the western.
    Good luck Frank. Xx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    2/19/15
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    "A true test of our gunslingers mettle"
    If you could sum up The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla in three words, what would they be?

    Coming of Age


    What other book might you compare The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla to, and why?

    In many ways it's moving "Wizard and Glass" forward to the present day so to speak. Roland's first Ka-Tet went through their first real test in the previous book, now it's his new Ka-Tet's test.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Considering he had to fill Frank Muller's shoes to take over the mantle of narrator/reader, he does very well. He manages to provide adequate characterisations of the main characters in similar lines to Muller without making them too much the same or too different.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jake's realisation that his new best friend's dad isn't what he claims to be (I won't spoil it). It puts Jake in a terrible dilemma that he struggles to work out what to do for the best.


    Any additional comments?

    Another good, strong story for the Dark Tower series. I admit a slight disappointment to the realisation of the wolves appearance but maybe I'm just being picky. The story is very readable and very much has a western movie feel to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reiss Joseph Beck
    2/18/15
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    "One of my favourites so far!"

    No review needed to explain the greatness Just bloody listen to this! Outstanding book! Can't wait to move on to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cooke
    2/7/15
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    "Awesome"

    Awesome sauce is an apt description of my experience with this story, if I had to liken it to a condiment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barn
    1/9/15
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    "Brill!"

    Love it! Starting the next one right now! Shame Frank Muller won't be able to continue, very sad, very sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    6/27/13
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    "The journey continues"

    Loved all of these dark tower book. didn't think I would but after listening to the first one. I was completley hooked. This is a great book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Gorey, Ireland
    11/3/12
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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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