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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.

The pivotal sixth instalment in King's best-selling epic fantasy saga provides the key to the quest that defines Roland's life.

In the next part of their journey to the tower, Roland and his band of followers face adversity from every side: Susannah Dean has been taken over by a demon-mother and uses the power of Black Thirteen to get from the Mid-World New York City. But who is the father of her child? And what role will the Crimson King play?

Roland sends Jake to break Susannah's date with destiny, while he himself uses 'the persistence of magic' to get to Maine in the Summer of 1977. It is a terrible world: for one thing it is real and bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot.

Song of Susannah is driven by revelation and by suspense. It continues The Dark Tower series seamlessly from Wolves of the Calla and the dramatic climax will leave listeners desperate to read the quest's conclusion.

©2004 Stephen King (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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  • Evan
  • Subiaco, Australia
  • 12-18-12

A finely crafted entry in the Dark Tower

The penultimate entry in the Dark Tower saga is also one of the shorter books, but lacks nothing for its comparative brevity. With a fine performance by George Guidall, this rates up there as one of my favourite audiobook experiences ever...

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Back to the 'real' world

The ka-tet spend a lot more time in the 'real' world or the world of Stephen King in this book, and we have much greater symbolism as well with all the time Susan spends in her 'dogan. The story is really moving along here and you can feel the downward slope of the roller coaster in the story, everything is picking up speed and you can tell the Tower itself is just around the corner.

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This from a fan of Mr King - WHY?

Pregnancy and birth in horror/fantasy/science fiction have been done before and done infinitely better than portrayed in this book. I did have some sort of investment in the character so stayed with it.

It is beyond weird that Stephen King insinuates himself as a major character. It is self indulgent, egotistical and such a nutso, weak literary contrivance that I am amazed Stephen King used it.

King tells Eddie, when talking about writing the book, that he guessed he stopped writing the book because it was "too big for my little brain" and later he explains how he lost the outline off the back of his bike. Well just those two things alone, say it all don't they! They say why the series is so disjointed and a weak, self promotion for his other books. Pathetic!

By the way - one line from Mr King in this book about Mr King's writing has convinced me I already know how the series will end.

Good narration from George Guidall.

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Nice setup for the final volume

Quite a few memorable scenes in this one. The 4th wall break was handled quite tastefully. The Tower is close.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-17

worst book in series

starts with a bang and then peters off very quickly. nothing really happens in the last 2/3. the lame duck off the otherwise brilliant DT series.

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  • R. Couch
  • 08-15-17

Not much going on

Very little happens from a story point of view in this one.

The recording is pretty short and that includes the last 50 minutes which are diary extracts from the author.

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  • Kyal
  • 01-25-17

Cmon!

As I am writing this, the last book is already out. But I am still so eager to listen to it.

This one is short. Only took me 2 days to listen to it. Like all the books before this, it is engaging, his writing of this book may be his greatest work. This is indeed up there with The Lord of The Rings and other such great adventures. I just hope I don't die before I can finish the series.

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  • Sande Baulch
  • 12-04-16

Did SK just try to write himself out of finishing?

Did Stephen King just try to write himself out of finishing the Dark Tower series?
LOL my friend, YOU are an absolute nut. hahaha!

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  • Christopher
  • 04-24-16

weakest in series

this is the weakest book in series and comes off a bit self indulgent. still a good listen though and leads into the fantastic last volume

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  • Michael
  • 01-22-15

What a story. Can't wait to listen to the next!

A fantastic story by King with a few quirks here and there, some cliche, others fascinating. Can't wait to cap this series.