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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 5
Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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The fifth novel in Stephen King's magnificent epic, one of the most popular series in publishing history.

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 fifth novel in King's best-selling epic fantasy series, the farming community in the fertile lands of the East has been warned the wolves are coming back. Four gunslingers, led by Roland of Gilead, are also coming their way. And the farmers of the Calla want to enlist some hard calibers.

Torn between protecting the innocent community and his urgent quest, Roland faces his most deadly perils as he journey through the Mid-World towards the Dark Tower.

©2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Guidall has big shoes to fill, does it gallantly

The loss of Frank Muller is palpable and tragic. But Guidall carries on very well. I am hooked on this series and this installment is my favorite yet, I think.

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thrilling

I love the dark tower series and this is a cool part that seems like a western story where the Gunslingers must help a peacful town og farmers

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Great, but audio is off

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Despite the narrator change (which is explained, sadly, at the end of the book), there are clear re-dubs within this title, especially in the second half. Either another narrator has stepped in, or has been recorded on different equipment, at a different time.

It's not much, but it is jarring. Also, the actual audio quality is not great, very low, very bassy. And for some reason, there are two parts where it seems a sound effect is used... also very jarring considering not a single one has been used within the last go knows how many hours.

Great story, bad recording, narrator is... ok. Mostly maintains the vocal distinctions but does fall flat on some others. Just started the next book and it does seem that some of these criticisms have been addressed though so fingers crossed.

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The story moves forward

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was probably faster for me to listen to this than to read it myself. The audio book was long so the paper book would be very long and I would probably take forever to finish it.

Would you recommend The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla to your friends? Why or why not?

Well if you have read the previous four book you kind of have to read this one too.

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

He has a great voice, so it is like being read a book by some old grandfather.

Do you think The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, and it has one. These questions should probably not show up for book 5 out of 7 in a series.

Any additional comments?

Only two books left in the Dark Tower series now. Let's see where Mr. King takes us.

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Another fork in the road

It's a shame that frank muller is unable to continue reading for us. I hope his recovery is progressing.
Wolves of the calla continues to expand on the lives of the travellers and again links other King novels with the dark tower. It is full of all the King delights - good versus evil, the shoot out, the heroes. What's not to like?

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  • 09-21-15

Fantastic Story, not so great performance

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla the most enjoyable?

The story is fantastic. The voice is clear and understandable, but you can clearly hear when the cuts are made. Also all the characters sounds the same

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla?

All of them: it's a great book

What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

Sadly Inconstant, not very "in-role".

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

- THE MOVIE THAT DOESN'T TOTALLY WRECK THE ORIGINAL BOOKS -

Any additional comments?

Fantastic story nonetheless. I would have preferred another reader. but it's not that bad.

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Peak of the roller coaste

Calla was a valuable step in the Dark Tower saga, though it seemed a little like a distraction at first. We see more of the history and reality of the Tower, the Beams, the Guardians and the Low Men through flash backs and similar devices, with important progression of the ka-tet's mission. Enjoyable, especially because everything really speeds up from here, two books from the end and it really feels like you've hit the peak of a roller coaster, it's all been build up but it's a wild ride from here on in.

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I don't get it

There are so many good reviews for this book and I just don't get it. I enjoyed the first three books in the series very much but there are too many side trips.

It is becoming obvious how much time has elapsed between the beginning of the series and the last. So much time that I think Mr King has lost the plot. The storyline is getting lost with the rehashing of other stories from other novels. I don't mind occasional flashbacks and sidetracks if they help complete a story but when they become a distraction, long winded and unnecessary to the plot these diversions become boring. Father Callahan! Boring with a capital B.

The continuation of the new storyline has some good moments but they are few and far between and there is so much old stuff to wade through it becomes boring.

Also, I can't say I like the development of Roland's character much. He was a hardnosed cowboy who let a little boy he loved die and now he's just plain soppy. The story of the Dark Tower hasn't moved ahead very much, i.e. there's not much new happening.

I seriously miss Frank Muller's narration but George Guidall does a fair read.

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  • Jamie
  • 12-21-13

Amazing book, great series, narrator pretty good

Would you listen to The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla again? Why?

The mystery, the strength of story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roland, who else?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So many difficult to choose...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Any of the scenes to do with sacrifice

Any additional comments?

Just wanted to mention/reply to the above comment regarding the narrator to this book not being as good as the previous series narrator, Frank Muller. Did you listen to the afterword, whoever wrote this review? I think I'm inclined to believe Frank was better-without disrespect to this narrator, cry your pardon, who I don't think as bad - but Frank Muller was all ready and set up to narrate this one and the rest of the dark tower...then he had a horrible motorcycle accident, leaving him with lots of neurological damage and unable to work. So I feel bad being too hard on the guy, or on this other narrator who does do a reasonable job. Here's wishing Frank Muller all the best.

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  • Fran Pearce
  • 04-13-17

Excellent

Narration was brilliant, drawing the listener in further in when needed. Story line gripping as in the rest of this series so far. Since using audible I watch a lot less television as I enjoy using my imagination. Being dyslexic I get to enjoy books now.

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  • Jacob
  • 03-07-14

Liked it a lot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

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

I liked his voice of the gunslinger. His female voices sounded good, but I did not believe Susanah too much. Susanah, being a black woman would probably sound slightly different, but those are details, really. George Guidhall gave this story a voice that I never heard, and say thankee for that. Thankee big big.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"No one ever does live happily ever after"

Any additional comments?

I gave the story 4 out of 5 because I got annoyed by Steven King's numbers fetish, especially the... Well just have a listen

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  • Paul
  • 11-03-12

George Guidall is the narrator

I have just started this audibook and was disgusted to discover that George Guidall is the actual narrator. He also narrated the first book. Frank Muller narrated books 2 to 4, and in my opinion is a far superior narrator. For example, I liked the way Frank had Roland sounding like a cowboy, and Eddie sounding like a New Yorker. With George, all the ka-tet sound like each other, even Oy the billy-bumbler sounds like the other characters.



It is going to be hard to enjoy the book.

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  • sylar1986
  • 11-13-19

ka........... kaka

amazing again. Kings greatest series in which everything links in to most of his other works..... All Hail The Crimson King

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

My favourite out of the series!!!

I really enjoy this book and this is my third time of sending Roland and kartet on their journey.

Long days and pleasant nights as I continue my quest for the tower.


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  • Seayeaitch
  • 08-28-19

Words cant describe......

This novel takes the listener on a journey, the narration brings the story alive, this series from Stephen King is a masterpiece that you will not want to end, absolutely brilliant, thanks Mr King.

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  • Alix
  • 08-28-19

Amazing continuation of the story, good narration

Some have commented on the change in narrator. Yes, he's not got the same life in the character voices, but if you listen to the end, you'll hear how he was seriously injured in an accident and will never read again. Stephen King mentions how much he loved his narration and gives details of charity supporting such occurrences.
I'm listening to these books in remembrance of a friend, he had amazing taste in books.
This series never fails to surprise me, just when I think I've found my favourite, I listen to the next. I've had to pace myself as I got through this one in one week! Truly picture everything in my mind, regularly laugh out loud and have come close to tears many times.

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  • Kitty Fisher
  • 08-23-19

Absolutely amazing

thoroughly enjoying this series, the best I've ever listened to and read! love Stephen king

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  • brunoric
  • 07-08-19

Chapters índice misalignment with the kindle book

What’s the expectation from someone listening the audible version of a book? That if you click in chapter 1 you will listen to the chapter 1 of the book, same for chapter 2 and all other parts right? Ok that’s not true with this audible audio.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-30-16

Breathtaking

amazing from start to finish. but it is a few short steps in the path to an epic journey.

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  • Mark
  • 08-19-19

Great story and great story telling

it was a great story. I highly recommend it. There were some great humourous parts and spot on references.

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  • Mick Fleay
  • 07-19-19

Leaves you interested

I must admit the Dark Tower series is not my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the adventures of Roland and Co but I do find it long and drawn out in areas. That said the climax of each novel leaves me wanting more and King leaves the mystery open to my interpretation and what is to come in the search of the Dark Tower.

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  • kristyn
  • 06-18-19

Holy Hanna.

Amazing work and such a joy to listen to.
As have the ones before.
Had me invested so much I was listening even while I worked.
Can’t wait to start the next. Book 6.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-18

Loved it...

Great story. Awesome performance... Really looking forward to hearing the rest. Damn shame about the readers bump on the noggon.

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  • Dusty
  • 01-03-18

Loving this!

Glad George Guidall narrating is back. Wasn’t fond of the last narrator but certainly wish him well.

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  • Bob T
  • 09-13-17

one of the best narrators ever,!

Absolutely loved the narrative, especially for the robot . We hope you recover well. unfortunate!

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  • chardonnelle
  • 09-11-17

i miss franks voice

but it tells u at the end why Frank is no longer reading to us and thats okay

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  • Michael Zhu
  • 04-30-17

If it do ya fine, I beg.

Frank Muller's excellent narration of Roland's group's adverture into The Calla has a heavy skew towards a detective novel, as they try to help a farming town while also protecting.

There's not much action in Book 5, but this is more than made up for for the excellent characters in the town, and intermittent adventures back in New York.

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  • Cords Mortimer
  • 11-14-15

Amazing story, painful reader

Listening to Frank Muller is like listening to someone's very white grandfather read a bedtime story.
Reading anything remotely angry or exciting or sexual didn't sound right, and all women and children sound very timid and annoying.
Jake's voice is the same whether he's angry or tired or happy.
But if you get past that, Stephen King's story is amazing!

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