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.
"A Story Like No Other"
Yes, I would listen to the entire series again. The reader has the most perfect voice for this type of book, he plays the characters perfectly and allows you to get lost in the story.
The Dark Tower series is on par with J.R.Tolkien's Lord of The Rings. It is the story of a great quest, a quest to end or save the world. Every character breathes life into the story leaving you wanting more. Definitely cannot put these books down.
I think George's voice for Suzannah is the funniest, he does it well but its still funny to hear him talking as a southern madam.
Cry AND Laugh! This book is what it feels like to be bi-polar. One moment you're in stiches, the next you're a blubbering mess! I don't want to give too much away but, it will definitely pull at your heart strings one way or another.
Stephen King is one of the best writers ever to grace this earth. I would recommend this book if you are a lover of fantasy, horror or science fiction. It has so many elements that it would be impossible to not please every reader out there.
This is a very good story well worth listening too
It's a good mix of sifi and adventure
Rolan who else
The story keeps you coming back for more
"The Dark Tower"
Fantastic story, gonna miss Roland and his Ka Tets. So sad to leave them, however Finders Keepers awaits. Xx
This series is nothing short of astonishing. Read it now, for your fathers sake. Thankie.
I usually hate Kings endings but this one was just IMMACULATE!!!
warning though that you'll get GLUED to the speakers or headphones!!
"I feel like I just completed a quest important to me and all those who know me!"
This is the first novel too which I gave 5 stars. It's not the best novel I have ever read (though it rates highly amongst hundreds if not thousands) it's not even the best novel in the series but it is the culmination of a journey I began many years ago and it is a journey that came to mean much to me in a way that reading and fiction rarely if ever has effected me. It is also a journey I would recommend anyone amongst you too take and one I will do everything in my power to ensure those I love especially my children also undertake. It's not easy, at times you might falter, you may despair of ever reaching the Tower. But in the end its not about getting there it's about going there, it's about the journey. I couldn't review each chapter, I wouldn't demean them by doing so. Instead I place my thoughts here at the end of the journey,in the fields of Can can Noray, in Endworld, surrounded by roses in the shadow of the Dark Tower.
Hile Roland son of Stephen, well met we were on the Path of the Beam
"A Great Finale"
That's it, all the loose ends tied up, everything explained. Another epic Stephen King series. My only complaint is having to wait for the next book every time!
If you are a King fan, and I assume you are, this is for you. With references to his other works, this tale is as complicated as you'd expect and pulls you into his unbelievably detailed (mid) world.
This conclusion is, in almost equal measure, perfect & heartbreaking.
Long Days and Pleasant Nights to you all, and may we meet, one day, in the clearing at the end of The Path.
"hard to top!"
fantastic series! I'm going to struggle to find something as good as this. The wind through the keyhole is great too!
Outstanding! From the very first step of the gunslinger, all the way to the dark tower.
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