The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the Dark Tower. Roland's band of pilgrims remains united, though scattered. Susannah-Mia has been carried off to New York to give birth. Terrified of what may happen, Jake, Father Callahan, and Oy follow. Roland and Eddie are in Maine, looking for the site which will lead them to Susannah. As he finally closes in on the tower, Roland's every step is shadowed by a terrible and sinister creation. And finally, he realises, he may have to walk the last dark strait alone.
You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.
©2004 Stephen King (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
It's amazing how much the author fits in to this final instalment of the Dark Tower saga. We have some sad goodbyes, some surprise introductions and a very satisfying finish to a story of the ages.
The seventh book in the series was disjointed and a major disappointment as far as wind up is concerned. Not really expecting a happy ending but something a bit more than the old cliche of "walking off into the sunset". Even the author, storyteller or Stephen King character seemed to express his wish that the thing would just plain end. In fact I perceived an attitude of contempt from him for the story and the reader alike.
I stuck with this series for two reasons. One - I owed some loyalty to Stephen King because I have enjoyed his work previously and he has stated that this was his major work. Two I invested in the complete series at a time when Audible had a sale on book series.
The trend of the series, in my opinion, can be noted from my previous reviews.
1 - Stick With It - Believe in Stephen King
2 - So Glad I Stuck Around
3 - Wanted to Stop but Could Not
4 - Disappointing Detour
5 - I don't get it
6 - This from a fan of Mr King - WHY?
7 - Major Disappointment
I feel very sorry for Stephen King if he considers this to be his "magnum opus". Where to from here? I thought he was much better than this load of tripe he has given us. I have been a huge fan for such a long time and I was expecting so much more from him.
There were of course some excellent parts mostly to do with King's craftsmanship with words, however, the whole series was disjointed and overblown. More than 135 hours of listening (not including the pitiful narration of "The Wind Through the Keyhole") could easily have been reduced by half.
Continuity was exceptionally poor. Involvement of characters was a mish mash of contrived entries and exits, seemingly because the author was bored with his people and couldn't think of anything else. The villains were insipid and the final confrontation a super anticlimax. The storyline had no real structure and can be perceived as if the author was questioning himself while writing, "What else can I squeeze in, have I got enough science fiction, do I need more horror?"
I'm sure Mr King will reap the benefits of this series and that there are lots of die hard fans out there who will disagree with my opinions however I would recommend anyone read all the stories in the original novels e.g. Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, Insomnia etc. etc. but definitely not the Dark Tower Series which has tried to incorporate them all and is a major disappointment.
The best things about this series are the narrations by Frank Muller and George Guidall and the character OY.
"As the roller coaster comes to its end.."
To begin a king with any expectations is unwise as it can only hinder what is to be an unraveling of imagination to great to foresee...
As the last leg of Roland's journey unfolds it is impossible to see where all the pawns in the tale may end right up until it happens. The story remains exciting and sad and mysterious until the last. That's not to say I wasn't dismayed in parts just as true to life there were disappointments to be had. However this is a remarkable end to a most remarkable journey.
Most of all I loved it.....
"Gripping like the previous 6"
Hard to turn off, even though it was purchased for the sole purpose of listening to on car journeys I quickly found myself listening to all the books at home as well. Only thing to make it better would be to have the same narrator for all 7. Great work Mr King!
"very hard listening"
all over the place/no apparent thread
not up to his normal standard
no one he is quite good
all of it!!!
"Only King Could Get Away With It!"
I have loved the Dark Tower series but the story is of such scale that I worried, from as early as book 3, that I would be disappointed with the ending.
King though is a genius and proves it once again here. I doubt the readers of any other author would accept what King does with the Dark Tower but the ending is perfect (and maddening!)
The Dark Tower series is a huge commitment. If you haven't yet started do so now.
It's mad, frustrating and brilliant...
WOW!! Loved every book in this series. Tried to read the gunslinger many,many years ago and thought it wasn't for me, even though I am a big KIng fan.
So glad I listened on audio I was enthralled by Roland, Eddie, jake , Suzzanah and Oy's adventure. Was very sad when it ended. and what an ending, was not expecting that !!!
Would highly recomend. Happy listening.
After Stephen King's accident did he get soul swapped for a really awful writer? I can't believe that a series that started so amazingly can end so terribly.
The last three books have been torture to read (in particular the dark tower took me three years to finally get through it), and I only finished hoping there would be a satisfying end (which I might add there wasn't). It's not so much how it ended that was bad - with further thought on the ending I can actually appreciate it - but what bugged me was all the garbage I had to get through to get there.
In the last three books all you find out about is Stephen King's accident (yes he wrote himself into the book) and a whole lot of random nonsensical words and phrases that made me wonder if he was on drugs while he was finishing the series! I think he stopped writing the series because he ran out of ideas after book four even though he knew how he wanted the series to end, and just because he finished it doesn't actually mean he found any ideas either... He just filled the space with random stuff that didn't actually matter.
So yet again I find I am disappointed by how a long series ends. Note to self: only read series that are complete, and where the author doesn't take a break from the series, else too much room to change into something awful.
I have also removed all other Stephen King books from my "to-read" list! (Yes this was just that bad!)
The tower is finally within reach and the ka-tet have been through such a journey. I can't really say more without spoilers. So you'll just have to accept that it was a great listen, but minus a star for feeling slightly shortchanged at the reveal.
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