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The Drawing of the Three
    The Dark Tower II
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        Frank Muller
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    7,900 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • The Drawing of the Three

  • The Dark Tower II
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,660

Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you read this, you're hooked

  • By Kevin on 09-13-06

Most people seem to enjoy this, but I did not.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I appear to be in a minority on this one, and I respect everybody's opinions, so maybe this just isn't my bag. Maybe it's because I read it over two days instead of spacing it out or because I came to this from other works of King's that were more fun to read but I really disliked this one by the tail end of the story.

Stephen King's writing is always fantastic, and maybe the next few books will make me reevaluate this one, or will make this one seem more important, or improve upon the characters significantly, but I found this book to be quite boring by the second half. The first book created a fascinating world filled with fragments of humanity that was really interesting, while this book abandons it entirely in order to take us on a tour of New York. Conceptually it was all very interesting but it didn't feel like it was even remotely connected to the first book in the series.

The characters were also a mixed bag. One of them is particularly well thought out and fully realized, another feels as though it was created as an incredibly convenient villain (Making up a mental illness for plot purposes. That isn't schizophrenia, and that isn't even how dissociative identity disorder works. Cheap bad guy formula). The last guy we meet is barely explored, and the "ending" of the book comes out of nowhere without any precedent set to inspire the reader to believe the events could have ever occurred. Yeah, magical universe and all, but you have to at least hint at the thing being possible before you do it if you want your solution to a critical crisis not to feel like you just wrote yourself into a corner and didn't have time to edit it out of the draft.

It wasn't all negatives though. The main character's interactions outside of his own world were fun, even if it all felt terribly inexplicable and plot device-y. King's descriptions of things are always pretty good. The narrator added quite a bit with his delivery.

Has The Drawing of the Three turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe in this series. I think I'll give the third one a shot before I decide this just isn't for me because so many people seem to enjoy the series and maybe I'm just missing something I'll pick up down the line.

Any additional comments?

Maybe I'm just missing something. Perhaps this stuff is supposed to be super corny and I was just expecting something else. It feels adult. There are references to all sorts of terrible things that seem targeted at adult readers, but random plot-device nature and inexplicably of the various problems and solutions presented in the book feel very Young Adult or even Teen, where you can get away with more inexplicable nonsense as long as the characters drive the story. I don't even think the characters are particularly well developed sans the earliest one encountered in the story.

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,323

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

Poignant, if a bit coarse.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-09

What a fantastic recording. Dawkins and his wife are wonderful speakers, and by creatively splitting up the recording between the two of them we are provided with a very entertaining transition from section to section as the book progresses. Dawkins's points are all well thought out and researched, though he does work quite a bit of attitude into the audio recording, presumably as it was meant to be presented in the book. The attitude can, at times, come off a bit crude, and most assuredly would offend anyone suffering a religious practice out of this book's completion, though I imagine those with religious convictions are likely to sell the book short through misrepresentation even if they were to finish the book (see low star reviews obsessing over his attitude and his "dismissal of ... faith").

Great book for those curious about Atheism or Richard Dawkins's works.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Language of God

  • A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
  • By: Francis S. Collins
  • Narrated by: Francis S. Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For those on the fence

  • By Stephen on 10-07-06

Well written, well read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-09

I'm an agnostic who enjoys occasionally picking through other peoples' theories and writings about their beliefs. I found this book to be highly informational, although a very large chunk of this book *is* dedicated to evolution, which might be old hat to you if you remember your biology lessons from school. The background information on evolution was necessary, though, for those who aren't intimately familiar with the details, and also for a better understanding of the author's secure belief in the system, and how he can see through evolution and into where he perceives God's position in he grand scheme of things.

There are a couple of points that he touches on but doesn't go into any great detail about, such as his belief in miracles, or a brief mention of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and a short venture into quantum mechanics. Although I'd like to have seen more written about either subject I didn't find the text lacking because of it. Great read all-around, and a good look into a scientific mind, using numbers and scientific research to explain his views.

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