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Publisher's Summary

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room (really a chamber of horrors) in Thunderclap's Fedic Station; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and 61st with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.

Thus the audiobook opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. 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.

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

"A pilgrimage that began with one lone man's quest to save multiple worlds from chaos and destruction unfolds into a tale of epic proportions....a closer look at the brilliant complexity of his Dark Tower world should explain why this bestselling author has finally been recognized for his contribution to the contemporary literary canon. With the conclusion of this tale...King has certainly reached the top of his game." (Publishers Weekly)

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Wow.

What an amazing book. Despite the admonition to all in the entertainment industry to "leave them wanting more", so few series of books or movies do that. Lets face it, common sense tends to dictate that book 7 is not what made you fall in love with book 1. However, Stephen King is nothing if not unique, and book VII of the Dark Tower is just amazing. I won't give anything away, and encourage other reviewers to similarly respect potential readers, but let me just say that this book is not in the LEAST dissapointing, and considering what's been built over 6 other books of this series, that's one heck of an accomplishement. In short, as one culinary critic once said, this book should be "enjoyed on the knees, with head bared" ;)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant

A lot of the reviews are telling listeners to end the series early, but some of my favorite parts of the adventure take place in the final 3 dark tower books. And it seems that most people either love or hate the ending, I happen to be of the kind that loves the way the story ended.

The very first audiobook that I had listened to was Hearts in Atlantis. I was always a little disheartened at the way Ted Brautigan and the other world of the Low men and the breakers remained a mystery. After finishing the Dark Tower, I feel like that has been satisfied along with Roland's tale.

And of course, Guidall's narration is once again a pleasure to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Leesburg, VA, USA
  • 06-19-09

Sai King, thank you for the Journey

Those who are party to the Ka-tet will stand and sing praises, those who still follow the Chrimson King will attempt to dissuade you from finishing the Journey. I cry your pardon and recommend finishing the Journey, as no matter how it ends, it really is only the beginning . . .

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A child Roland to the Dark Tower came.

I make it a point to not review a book until I've completed its entire series. The Dark Tower has been a long time coming for me and I'm excited and sad to see it end. This is a magnificent conclusion to a powerful series that builds a relationship with characters I've rarely experienced in fiction. I have no wish to spoil any of the surprises that this book holds but I feel it is easy to say that book 7 of this series does a magnificent job of concluding the powerful journey of Roland in his quest for the Dark Tower.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An amazing end to the best series of all time.

As an avid king fan since the 70s, this story is his best work ever. I read the first installment in the eighties, and just finished the last book for the third time. this is a lifework, and will be a fine listen or read for all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Perfect finish

Couldn't ask for a better ending. Just hope the upcoming Hollywood version can do the series justice.

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  • Chris
  • Barrie, ON, Canada
  • 05-01-13

If you've come this far, you may as well finish

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

It's hard to put a finger on just where this book went wrong, it's pacing is off, many story elements are downright silly and the ending will likely frustrate rather than satisfy.

Did The Dark Tower inspire you to do anything?

Yeah, lay off the King books for a while.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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

I wanted it to be over. Disappointing ending.

2 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 7 - THE FINAL IN THE SERIES.

Things wrap up for the various characters. The ending for Susannah, Eddie, and Jake was acceptable, semi-good. Roland’s ending was disappointing.

Something odd that I did not like was Stephen King (SK) inserting his voice. After a favorite character is killed. SK says “I know readers are going to be angry that I killed off (this character).” In another scene Susannah saves Roland’s life and he asks her how she knew what to do. She said SK left me a note, and she showed the note to Roland. Toward the end, the narrator says “I can’t tell you what happened to Patrick.”

I also did not like the SK character role in the story. Roland visits SK and is angry that SK hasn’t finished writing the series. Later Roland visits SK when SK was hit by a van in 1999. Roland saves SK’s life so SK can keep writing the books. Other story events also happen with SK.

When J.K. Rowling killed Dumbledore, she did not write “I know readers will be angry with me for killing Dumbledore but ...” That would have taken us out of the story. In the same way I think SK hurt his story by writing what he did above.

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”)

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Francois
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-26-12

Disappointing end to the series The Dark Towers

What disappointed you about The Dark Tower?

While I enjoyed the first three books in the series, I struggled to continue on after the fourth. Most of the fourth book (Wizard and Glass) should have been a separate book, not directly related to the Dark Tower series. The last three books were about Stephen King indulging himself in writing whatever came to mind. What he once wished was going to be his LOTR turned out to be his Tower of Babble (pun intended).

Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

I thought George Guidall did a good job with the narration. It is difficult to keep up with all the characters and impossible for any one person to give each one a distinctive voice. I have listened to many of his books and I generally enjoy his work.

What character would you cut from The Dark Tower?

It seemed he forgot about the reader who wants a story, not just a neverending parade of characters (including the author himself). There are too many characters, too many subplots.

Any additional comments?

For those of you who have enjoyed the entire series and have been entertained, my opinion won't matter and I respect that. This review is for those who are struggling to continue on and wonder if it's worth it. I have enjoyed many books by Stephen King, but the Dark Tower challenged my resolve to finish any book I start. If Stephen King ever changed his mind about allowing his books to be abridged, the Dark Tower would make for an entertaining series. Great imagination, but self-indulgent on the part of the author.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • Elizabethton, TN, USA
  • 01-22-09

Great conclusion!

King did a great job closing up this series. Highly reccomend!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful