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Publisher's Summary

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

To give birth to her "chap", demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind.

Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope, with each other and with an alien environment, "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term.

Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
©2004 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"There's something about a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion....The biggest cliffhanger of King's career." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Annette
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • 07-20-04

Did other reviewers even LISTEN to this book???

After listening to this through twice, I'm really happy I did. It gave a great insight into the Susannah/Mia plotline but also brought the author into the story. If you take what he says in the "diary" into account, I think the next book is going to be very interesting...

But I have to ask, did any of the negative reviewers even LISTEN to the whole story?? Didn't you get any of it? It doesn't appear so, given some of the questions being asked here. Did you really think that was King's actually diary? Heh? Uh, did you notice what the very last section was about?? The dates? Hello?

Anyway, can't wait for the last book...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarena
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 08-31-04

Losing Sight of a Great Story

I've really enjoyed the Dark Tower series up until the last two books. While Wolves of Calla was still clever and a decent story, King seems to have no idea what to do with these characters any more. Song of Susannah was hugely self-serving casting King as a god-like character in his own book. Really disappointing. I'm almost afraid to see how it ends.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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My Favorite Book Series

This is one of the greatest stories ever written. The characters become almost like your own family and each book is like a new story. I've read the series three times and wanted to try listening to it and I'm glad I did.
My only regret is that I am going to be finished after the next book. I do have the movie to look forward to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite but it continues a lovely story

I can't say I loved the weirdness of this book. While I love the strangeness of the series, this book may have gone too far. I'll continue listening though. Maybe the whole Stephen King entry into the book will be alright and I'll regret my 4 star rating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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My Least Favorite Book of the Dark Tower Series

What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

I got so bored with the Susanah/Mia situation. In the first place I could not imagine the one person/two person transition. And it just went on, and on, and on. I was really glad when this book ended.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

See above.

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

Well, I don't especially care for George Guidall, I was spoiled by Frank Muller, but Mr. Guidall did an OK job. I guess he is growing on me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book sparked boredom in me. Let's get on with the story, OK?

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the first few books, but maybe this series is just a little too long for me. I'm listening to the last book now, so it won't be long. One thing I really like about Stephen King is his character development, and their interaction with each other. One of my favorites was Duma Key.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not good . . .

What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

The story was ultimately pointless. King starts to put a lot of mystic lingo that is just antithetical to the spirit of the first books.

Has Song of Susannah turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I read them all

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes George Guidall is great!

What character would you cut from Song of Susannah?

I don't really remember any characters.

Any additional comments?

A sad sign of the last book to come.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dud in an otherwise excellent series...

Steven King has obviously becomes bored with this series... at one point he sums up the who storyline of the series in a single chapter, more information concerning the plot then in all the other books combined. Then... we write HIMSELF into the story line as a character in the book. I put this one away for awhile and may or may not have interest to pick it up again... not the way I wanted to remember this, up to now, simply outstanding series of books by Steven King.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • 05-26-09

So-So Susannah

King is starting to lose it here, after a very fetching and mostly satisfying Gunslinger series. Distinct feeling he was ready to get done with this part of his life. SofS is barely listenable, despite the mad skills of George Guidall. Still, it's better than the last book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This one couldn't have been omitted

This is the one book in this series that could have been eliminated. Vampires, low people, Tahines, vulger and horrific imagery. As has been pointed out by others, along the (long) line Stephen King segues from sci/fi western to horror, peaking with this installment. At times I found myself scratching my head wondering if King was intent on throwing everything into this series AND the kitchen sink.

It also gets pretty confusing in places and King takes a lot of license. Too much. You're pretty well stuck with "Song" though as you've (no doubt) read the five before this on your way to the finish.

My reviews of this series would look like a bell curve. Slow and low rated to begin, picking up dramatically with the second and third books, peaking with the fouth, holding well with the fifth, sharply declining with the sixth, with a fair to middlin' finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 11-13-12

Nothing new or exciting. It dragged. No fun.

If you want to skip one of the books, this is the one to skip.

2 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 6 IN THE SERIES:

A lot of writing about not much. I’d condense the main events into something short and put it at the end of the former book or beginning of the next book. The main stories in this book are:

Mia inhabits Susannah’s body and forces her to sneak away from the rest of the group. She goes to 1999 New York. Jake, Oy, and Callahan go after her.

Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine. They want to buy vacant land from Calvin Tower. They also meet with Stephen King the author. Roland asks S King to finish writing the Dark Tower books.

At the end of the audiobook, there are 51 minutes of Stephen King talking about things happening in his life at various times during the writing of The Dark Tower - like being inspired by a movie or book he had seen and putting that into The Dark Tower. Also, his wife tried to get him to stop taking walks along a certain road, but he wouldn’t stop. Later he almost died when hit by a vehicle on that road.

The narrator George Guidall was fine, but he’s not as good as Frank Muller.

Genre: apocalyptic time travel fantasy.

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3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:

One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Set in an apocalyptic future, Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.

I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)

4 of 6 people found this review helpful