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Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.

In the second novel of King's best-selling fantasy masterpiece, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three doors which open to 1980s America. Here he joins forces with the defiant Eddie Dean and courageous, volatile Odetta Holmes. And confronts deadly serial killer Jack Mort.

As the titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland's quest for the Dark Tower....

Masterfully weaving dark fantasy and icy realism, The Drawing of the Three compulsively propels listeners toward the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer....

©1987 Stephen King (P)1991 Penguin Audiobooks

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Phenomenal second installment

A real nailbiter of a story, the narrator is fantastic with great diversity of voice. The story is likewise written skillfully by King with excellent pacing and interesting characters.

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Amazing story and Narration

Characters were a mix of mysterious, funny and dark. The whole story is fantastic.
Narration was top notch.

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A Great Book

More of a series of character introductions with little real headway made toward the Tower, but the characters are amazing, as are the circumstances under which they're introduced and it's written and performed with skill. As i said, there's not much distance made toward the Tower here or what even awaits them there, but the adventures the Gunslinger goes on to 'draw the three' are full of peril, wonder, intrigue, tension, drama and all with a surprising amount of humor throughout. The beach, the doors, the lobstrocities (dad-a-chum?) are wonderfully realised. Other than the vivid presence that is the Gunslinger, it's peppered with excellently written characters all-round with scenes tackled from multiple angles and points of view in way that makes such writing seem easy, when it certainly is not. A real 'page' turner (if there is such a thing in an audio book), often engrossing and an incredible performance from Frank Muller. I can't recommend it highly enough and can't wait to listen to The Wastelands to see how the journey continues...

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great

great story. great voice acting. very engaging.
I have regular podcasts that were completely ignored whilst I listened to the drawing.

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Introduction of new characters and great narrator

I loved the audio version which is very vivid, the narrator’s voice and style are perfectly suited for the book. I am a big fan of Frank Muller!

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Great writing but slightly thin story

If you could sum up The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three in three words, what would they be?

Slightly thin story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roland and Eddie Dean seem to be a good match for one another

What three words best describe Frank Muller’s performance?

Nowhere near the performance of George Guidall who read the first book in the series, The Gunslinger. Frank Muellers narration feels laboured and uncomfortable, a monotonous droning that from time to time made me pause the story to give my ears a break. His voice for Eddie is identical with Lenny from the Simpsons, which makes the emotional complexity that King tries to weave into his character unconvincing. Not a good performance at all.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One tower, three gunslingers

Any additional comments?

This story, while interesting and extremely well written, is not quite as engaging as the first of the series. I was drawn to Roland, to his quest, his perfection, his solitude in this world that has somehow moved on. The contribution by Eddie and Susanna and their emotional baggage and split personalities amount to little more than a confusing distraction for which there seems to be little justification at least for the time being. Eddie and Susannas relationship is confusing, their romance is surprising and not credible. Who married them?And why is east on their left side when they are travelling north, up the beach? Something to find out later, perhaps...

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Anyone else keep thinking this is the third book?

Despite it being clearly numbered, I keep remembering this story as the third of the series rather than the second, and I fall into the trap of thinking there hasn't been as much development by this stage as there should be. Then I realise my mistake and I'm impressed all over again how so many new characters and developments are worked into the story. This is a great second volume to what starts as quite a confusing story, with more exposition worked into the narrative than you'll realise until a future re-reading.

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So Glad I Stuck Around

Fabulous characters, imaginative, dangerous creatures, excitement, sentiment, love, sadness - what more could you want.

The main character Roland had so few redeeming qualities and the storyline was so dismal in the first book of the series that I was unsure whether I could read a whole series.

In book two we are introduced to three new characters who are compellingly different to each other and prove the perfect compliment to Roland. We start to realise that he has many fascinating levels of complexity to his personality after a long history of experiences.

Although Mr King cites many influences for the series the storyline is original and exceptionally well told as only he is capable. The first book to me had the wordiness and pretention of a young writer. The second book is more like the Stephen King I know as the superior wordsmith and master storyteller.

The narrator for the first book was quite good however Frank Muller brings a more vivid interpretation of the convoluted characters.

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Interesting story and amazing characters

Frank Muller is soooo good! He brings the characters alive! Wow the best narrater I have listened to as yet.

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  • Heather
  • 04-06-16

Re visiting one of my favourite stories

I am revisiting the whole collection of dark tower, it is one of my all time favourite stories. I urge anyone who hasn't listened to it to give it a whirl, you won't be disappointed

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  • Sarah Tilsley
  • 03-06-14

Fantastic

Another fantastic novel by Stephen King. When I first read The Gunslinger (The First in the Dark Tower Novel) it felt to me, more like a Western. I had a vision of Clint Eastwood in a bad Western movie. I pushed through it as it's Stephen King and I expected that The Dark Tower series as a whole would get better and really bring out the parts of King's books that I love and that I have come to expect from the master that is Stephen King.

At the very start of The Drawing of the Three, it grabbed me. It struck me straight away as different from The Gunslinger and once this one grabbed me, it didn't let me go, not even for a second. Every word of this book drew me in and I was fully under the spell. It is a great novel and one that read more like a Fantasy.

If you are planning on reading The Dark Tower series and you are unsure about it, I urge you to read it anyway. Push your way through The Gunslinger if you have to because you will not regret it once you get to this novel.

The Drawing of the Three has me firmly in the Dark Tower series and I can't wait to read more of it.

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  • Ciaran
  • 10-20-15

Epic and fantastic

I thought to use this as a wind down tool before bed, I hadn't considered that I wouldn't be able to turn it off, that I would want "one more chapter, just one more"

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  • Paula
  • 04-13-13

Supernatural duma chuck dida chick

I was totally absorbed in the first 3 hours of this book as Roland battles with hideous lobsters on the beach, and then came the door. Moments later he is on a plane inside the mind of the rooky kid Eddie Dean. Stephen King takes us on another supernatural roller coaster in this superb series of books charting the course of Roland and the Dark Tower.

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  • mustangclaire
  • 03-19-16

What a journey.

Loved it. Hooked. Better that the one before. Desperate to hear the next one.

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  • farah
  • 01-09-16

beautiful book.. amazing narration!

loved everything about this book. Didn't like Frank Muller at first, definitely changed my tune now. Both him and George Guidall are great. Can't wait to start listening to the rest of the books. Already bought 'The Wasteland'!

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  • Craig
  • 11-04-12

Engaging

Fantastic characterisation, vivid descriptions, great narration. King at his best. What more can you ask for really?

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  • Michael
  • 04-27-17

Brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

The audio version of this book adds so much more to the story that, I for one, would miss in the printed version. The narration is so good I was actually disappointed to see that King himself narrates one book in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three?

Roland entering and interacting in the world of "The Prisoner"; this whole sequence was gripping and caused me to have my headphones stuck to my head when I really should have been doing other things.

Any additional comments?

I won't be surprised if this ends up being the best book in entire series - though I'll be more than delighted if it's not. A great tale, well told and a great way to move the story of last gunslinger closer to the dark tower.

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  • Stu
  • 11-09-16

gripping story

loved the story, loved/hated some of the characters. well performed very well narrated, good atmosphere

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  • Del M.
  • 06-17-16

compelling listen

this audio title has kept me gripped. worth the time spent on it. you won't regret listening.

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  • Teresa
  • 04-20-16

Had me hooked!

This was totally unexpected after experiencing the first book of this series but it had me hooked very quickly and I am chomping at the bit to get started on the next installment! If you are reading this review, have no doubt that Stephen King is a master of words and this will not disappoint. The narration is on point and made falling into this story such a pleasure! Frank Muller brought things to life in a way that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Leah
  • 01-23-16

Deeply compelling story, madly talented narrator.

Forget all clichés about Stephen King. The prose of this book is colourful, the suspense tangible, and the fantastical atmosphere juxtaposed against a brutal sense of reality makes the twists all the more exciting. Moreover, I believe this narrator (Frank Muller) could do any accent he wanted; enhance all suspense intended within the words. Fantastically entertaining!

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  • Daniel
  • 08-31-15

Now that's different.

Just keeps getting better now and with so much further to go. I'm an now really drawn into this series.

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  • michael
  • 10-31-17

alot better than the first.

this book is alot better than the first as it explains a little more from the first....but I recomend reading the first book again after this one as it'll make more sense the 2nd time around...

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  • Lorraine
  • 10-26-17

Gotta Love The King.

These stories keep reeling me in..I need to help find Rolands Tower. Lets doit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-17

As good as first

Even better with audible and so long since I read first time. Love it, getting next one

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  • Tim Jessup
  • 09-06-17

Excellent.

Was just as good the second time through! Time to download the next one and keep listening.

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  • Carol
  • 08-13-17

Brilliant

Fabulous voice and so descriptive. Highly recommend. The third time I have visited this series, love it ❤️

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  • josey josling
  • 06-16-17

Enjoyable listen

A lot better than the first novel. It has a much more satisfying storey and the Narrator was much easier to listen to than the guy who narrated the last one. After listening to this instalment I intend on reading the rest.

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  • kristyn
  • 05-17-17

I'm in love. And hooked.

The Drawing Of The Three, was amazing and will leave you wanting the next book.