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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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  • Leiah
  • Golden, CO, USA
  • 09-01-04

Marvelous

Character development in the Tower series is always good, but with this one, Mr. King has outdone himself. You feel for all the characters. Can you imagine what Mia's centuries must have been like, the lonliness that brought her to this impasse? The deep frustration of Susanna and of Detta, travellers through the darkness, as their universe twists around them.

I feel like I am coming to know Mr. King much better through this series, and admire the person behind the books as much as I admire the books. Yes, there are some things I would change about the book - but who sees and feels and lives with his characters more than the author? This is HIS vision, children, and as much as one may wish to twist and turn the plot to fit ones own idea of what the story "should" be to fit your own concept, it is true conceit to believe that only your own idea of plot and story line is the correct one, and worthy of print. Nasty comments are unproductive, like a fat man with a beer sitting on a couch making comments about what a loser an Olympic medalist is for winning only five medals instead of six. If you don't think the author did a good job, sit down, pull out your pencil, and start writing. When you have written your own opus, and had it published to stunning review, I shall bow to your opinions. Until then, state your concerns clearly and precisely, in a linguistically correct manner, with reference to your exact complaints, in order that we may have a true conversation regarding both the literary accomplishments and shortcomings of the novel and the series.

Listening to this series gives the story line a depth and richness that is even better than the voices which I created in my own head as I read. Bravo! I look forward to the final book in the series, but I must get to work to finish my thesis before then - I admit to spending too many hours listening, and not enough writing during this story!

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Fantasic, King's Lord of the Rings

This is one of the most fantastic stories I have ever read. It rivals Tokien's Lord of the Rings in its complexity.

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outstanding

This story is utterly binge worthy and possesses intricately overlapping stories. As a recommendation, I suggest reading the dark tower series inconjunction with the audio books. This simultaneously immerses a reader like myself into every facet of the tale, but also helps to focus the mind; in a strange sense meld this world into mid-world. I can picture every scene as if it were a movie on a screen or a play acted out in front of me. Incredible story, can't wait to fly through book VII.

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pauses and breaking up

at points in the reading of this book their are very long pauses in chapters or words and sometimes I could not hear what was being said due to static.

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keep we coming

I love listening to the office because all his life. I love listen to the story because it just keeps going and turning and twisting and all and on and on. I can't wait to get into the next book to see what happens. Mater of fact I'm not letting anyone know that I'm reading this books cause I don't want anyone to ruin them for me. Can't wait to read the next one. Way to go.

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sad to hear about 1st reader

I like 1st reader better. sad to hear he got hurt.
hope he makes speedy recovery. prayers for him and his family

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Like a 2 course meal (when you're spoiled)

Sandwiched between Wolves and Dark Tower (both roughly 28 hours), Song of Susannah felt like a deep dive in the shallow end. It was a fantastic romp through the Maine countryside, and New York giving us a new look at our beloved ka-tet in very familiar surroundings. With a fun visit to the creator's home, this was a too short of a great experience. With the aside at the end of the book taking off another chunk of time, I took one point off for leaving me wanting more ... too much more.

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Gradually getting worse.

I feel like King kinda struggled to write this one. The first few books, the characters had to work and struggle to proceed. In these latter books it feels like everything is just too convienent.

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Wow. Seriously. Chills galore! Possibly my fave

I really didn't want to get this book as Susana is not a favorite character of mine. In fact, I really don't like her. However, this is probably the favorite book for me of the whole series. Why? I'm not going to say as to do so would be a spoiler. Let's just say a visit to Maine really changes everything for me about this book.

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Very, very, good.

I've read some of the negative reviews for this one, and I don't understand them. If one liked the first five, this one is as good or better than any of them. In book V, I did not care for Guidall's narration. I was used to Muller's version of the characters. I'm not sure what happened, but Guidall does a much better job in this one. He's not Muller, but he's fantastic in his own way. The Dark Tower (book VII) comes next for me, and I'm ready to see how it all unfolds. This is usually not my genre, and this series is the only Steven King I've read. This series is long and impressive and comes highly recommended from me. The first book in the series seemed to be the least interesting for me, as the narrative continues to build with each and every book, so I'm fine with that. "Song of Susanna" is the only book in the series that has received a five star rating from me. In this one, the story, the narrator, and the production quality all come together nicely.

Nice job, Mr. King.