The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 6
Length: 28 hrs and 49 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant, gripping finale to Stephen King's magnificent, epic masterpiece.

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 final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower.

Roland's band of pilgrims remains united, though scattered. Susannah-Mia has been carried off to New York to give birth. Terrified of what may happen, Jake, Father Callahan and Oy follow.

Roland and Eddie are in Maine, looking for the site which will lead them to Susannah. As he finally closes in on the tower, Roland's every step is shadowed by a terrible and sinister creation. And finally, he realises, he may have to walk the last dark strait alone....

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.

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

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Fitting conclussion to the series.

Got me thinking a lot after finishing. So sad it's over. Mayhap it isn't... Long days and pleasant nights.

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Heartbreakingly good.

A satisfying read. Fitting end for all. Still ends with the best closing line for the series.

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At last

I thought it A fitting end to a story I have been following for over 30 years. Thank kaa. Long days and pleasant nights

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love it

my favourite in the DT series, brilliant reading definitely recommend for any Stephen king fan

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Satisfying end to the saga

It's amazing how much the author fits in to this final instalment of the Dark Tower saga. We have some sad goodbyes, some surprise introductions and a very satisfying finish to a story of the ages.

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Major Disappointment - Series a Let Down

The seventh book in the series was disjointed and a major disappointment as far as wind up is concerned. Not really expecting a happy ending but something a bit more than the old cliche of "walking off into the sunset". Even the author, storyteller or Stephen King character seemed to express his wish that the thing would just plain end. In fact I perceived an attitude of contempt from him for the story and the reader alike.

THE SERIES

I stuck with this series for two reasons. One - I owed some loyalty to Stephen King because I have enjoyed his work previously and he has stated that this was his major work. Two I invested in the complete series at a time when Audible had a sale on book series.

The trend of the series, in my opinion, can be noted from my previous reviews.
1 - Stick With It - Believe in Stephen King
2 - So Glad I Stuck Around
3 - Wanted to Stop but Could Not
4 - Disappointing Detour
5 - I don't get it
6 - This from a fan of Mr King - WHY?
7 - Major Disappointment

I feel very sorry for Stephen King if he considers this to be his "magnum opus". Where to from here? I thought he was much better than this load of tripe he has given us. I have been a huge fan for such a long time and I was expecting so much more from him.

There were of course some excellent parts mostly to do with King's craftsmanship with words, however, the whole series was disjointed and overblown. More than 135 hours of listening (not including the pitiful narration of "The Wind Through the Keyhole") could easily have been reduced by half.

Continuity was exceptionally poor. Involvement of characters was a mish mash of contrived entries and exits, seemingly because the author was bored with his people and couldn't think of anything else. The villains were insipid and the final confrontation a super anticlimax. The storyline had no real structure and can be perceived as if the author was questioning himself while writing, "What else can I squeeze in, have I got enough science fiction, do I need more horror?"

I'm sure Mr King will reap the benefits of this series and that there are lots of die hard fans out there who will disagree with my opinions however I would recommend anyone read all the stories in the original novels e.g. Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, Insomnia etc. etc. but definitely not the Dark Tower Series which has tried to incorporate them all and is a major disappointment.

The best things about this series are the narrations by Frank Muller and George Guidall and the character OY.

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Not my cup of tea.

This year I have been challenged to only read fantasy, and I am sad to say this series was a hell to get through. I was okay white the tree first books. But after that it went downhill fast.

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  • Kay-Gee
  • 12-01-15

A Story Like No Other

Would you listen to The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to the entire series again. The reader has the most perfect voice for this type of book, he plays the characters perfectly and allows you to get lost in the story.

What other book might you compare The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower to, and why?

The Dark Tower series is on par with J.R.Tolkien's Lord of The Rings. It is the story of a great quest, a quest to end or save the world. Every character breathes life into the story leaving you wanting more. Definitely cannot put these books down.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favourite?

I think George's voice for Suzannah is the funniest, he does it well but its still funny to hear him talking as a southern madam.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry AND Laugh! This book is what it feels like to be bi-polar. One moment you're in stiches, the next you're a blubbering mess! I don't want to give too much away but, it will definitely pull at your heart strings one way or another.

Any additional comments?

Stephen King is one of the best writers ever to grace this earth. I would recommend this book if you are a lover of fantasy, horror or science fiction. It has so many elements that it would be impossible to not please every reader out there.

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  • Peter B.
  • 07-20-15

Dark tower

Where does The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very good story well worth listening too

What did you like best about this story?

It's a good mix of sifi and adventure

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favourite?

Rolan who else

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story keeps you coming back for more

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  • marie Cashmore
  • 08-03-16

Astonishing

This series is nothing short of astonishing. Read it now, for your fathers sake. Thankie.

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  • Mrs Winifred McManus
  • 06-09-15

The Dark Tower

Fantastic story, gonna miss Roland and his Ka Tets. So sad to leave them, however Finders Keepers awaits. Xx

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-20

FAREWELL KA TET ?

FANTASTIC ENDING TO MONUMENTAL SAGA FROM SAI KING I WILL MISS YOU ALL SAY TRUE

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  • Vic
  • 07-23-20

Focus on the journey, not on the destination

Focus on the journey, not on the destination, enjoy the adventure and the richness of the characters and events. The best part is the narrator, makes ALL the difference. SUBLIME NARRATION

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  • Genuinebloke
  • 07-17-20

An epic conclusion to an epic story.

I read the dark tower a decade ago. I was uncertain whether I really wanted to revisit it as an audiobook but am so glad that I did. I've gained massively from the listening experience and cannot express how much I enjoyed it in this format. I loved it first time around but this time it felt like everything was so much more vivid, reinforcing my belief that this series is a creative masterpiece. If you are toying with listening and unsure whether to invest the time, just do it. You'll not regret it.

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  • Major Ravern
  • 06-16-20

excellent

As always Mr King delivers an excellent story and pushes your imagination to the wildest places

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  • MJC Heathcote
  • 04-24-20

Read it, I beg. Read it very well.

The series is a long slog, and not for the faint of heart, and at times it slows down hard. But within these pages, especially the last book, hides the best story I’ve ever read, from King or anyone else. It’s nothing shy of genius, and the narrators do it an incredible justice. It is difficult to choose highlights, there are so many, but Mordred and Father Callahan are something else. Simply brilliant.

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  • ParBoiled
  • 12-03-19

Great Ending for a Great Series!

I really do enjoy this series of books. This book, number 7, has always been one of my favourites. Although the narater (is that right?) changed between two different people, both read really well, but I thought Frank Muller was better at the different voices and accents needed for these book. It is hard to give any specific pros and cons as it could give away the story. Included at the end is Robert Browning's Child Rowland to the Dark Tower Came, the basis for the whole Dark Tower series.

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  • Cords Mortimer
  • 12-02-15

Why would you do this?

I'm done. I'm done with you Stephen King. Why do you hurt me? Amazing series. I no longer know what to do with my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-20

Long days and pleasant nights to ya!

I was sad to reach the end. it was so perfect. I wong be able to stay away long.

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  • Heindri
  • 11-13-19

Roland I'll miss you, your tet and your quest.

Eddie, Susana, Jake ,Oi, and Roland, I'll miss you all. May we meet at the path at the end of the clearing. The you can rest.

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  • fleur mayne
  • 10-05-19

Took me 25 years to read and listen

Absolutely loved it So glad I read and listened to these novels. Bless you Stephen King

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  • Mick
  • 09-10-19

What a climax

The Dark Tower series is a fabulous, epic tale that draws the Stephen King multiverse together. Brilliant story and performances 👍

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  • Marshy
  • 02-24-19

sad its done

i read all the books leading up to this final chapter. i was sad to begin this last chapter as it has taken many years to reach. just like the gunslinger himself i began. i was not disappointed. just sad when it was over.

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  • ArtysEscape
  • 02-06-19

Last and best

Listening to the audio version of The Dark Tower brings the whole series alive. Having loved Roland for many years, and then Eddie, Jake, Susanna not to mention Oy, it was wonderful to hear them “talk” and come alive. Both narrators did a wonderful and unique job of telling the story of Roland, even SK himself did a fine job in book 4.5.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-18

Ready to start again

Finished this a few weeks ago, needed time to reflect. One of the many feelings that ensued has stuck firm - I need to, want to, begin again. Ka.

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  • Justin
  • 10-23-18

Downhill unfortunately

(previous book spoiler alert) Honestly when I started this series I was enthralled. It was great. It was funny, moving and gripping. But as soon as he wrote himself into the story the books just went awry. It was completely unnecessary to the story and quite a little bit egotistical, especially referring to himself as a god in parts. Honestly it was just madness. If you were to read, say, the second or third book and then the seventh, you would honestly think it was from a different writer. Maybe if Stephen finished the whole series while he was young and still drinking it could have been my favourite series of all time. Instead it was just.. eughhh. Narration wise I think it was excellent. It was a shame what happened to the original Narrator as he was superb. But George Guidall was excellent as well and the transition was easy enough to take. All in all I will happily read other books by either Narrator. But would hesitate to pursue any further King novels that I have not read.

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  • Paul A.
  • 07-15-18

Great story

Loved it but I think the performance can be better. The voice acting wasnt the best