In the fourth powerful novel in Stephen King's best-selling fantasy quest, the Dark Tower beckons Roland, the Last Gunslinger, and the four companions he has gathered along the road. And having narrowly escaped one world, they set out on a terrifying journey across the scarred urban wasteland to brave a new world, where hidden dangers lie at every junction: a malevolent computer-run monorail hurtling towards self-destruction, Roland's relentlessly cunning old enemy, and the temptation of the wizard's diabolical glass ball, a powerful force in Roland's first love affair.
A tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. And the Tower is closer.
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If I could give this series of books 10 stars I would. Fantastic from start to finish. This is just anouther great chapter in Rolands journey.
what i loved about thr dark tower is the story teller.he takes you into into to the story.you become part of the story,a forth travler.
an excellent reading, I found his voice for Susan a little irritating it I got over it. the breathless love bits are a little grating to listen to our loud, but I feel that is purely my discomfort above anything else
Another spellbinding trip to the Dark Tower. With tears along the way. Mesmerising scenes, friendships played out, the likes I'll never know make this another unforgettable journey and I can't wait to travel further.
Frank Muller (God rest his soul) was an immaculate story teller, I will genuinely miss his voice in the remaining Dark Tower series.
I started listening to this series right after finishing The Stand and have thoroughly enjoyed everything so far.
I was initially a bit sceptical and snooty about Stephen King's writing, but I now love the themes and characters in both series. The pace is good and both collections are very engaging.
The narration took a bit of getting used to, but if you can cope with the unusual (mis)pronunciations of words such as Cuthbert, Alain and Merlin (pronounced as if the reader has never heard them spoken aloud), Frank Muller's range of voices and consistency is pretty much perfect.
Looking forward to seeing Idris Elba's Roland whenever the film is released!
"My favourite of the series!"
Loved the flash back of Roland's first love, at first I didn't want to leave the present and the main characters of the series, but then I didn't want to leave Hambry and come back. Frank Muller gets 5 stars for narration!
Flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks nothing but what I said
"Roland and Susan"
Another richly imagined world full of memorable characters that blur the boundaries between good and evil. This is the basis of all Stephen King stories. It makes you ponder the grey areas of ethical decisions and the hold that Ka seems to have on all of us. A must read for the whole of Roland's story.
"Everyone loves a flashback episode"
I really enjoyed this book, it tells an excellent story from the formative years in Roland's past without truly revealing as much as it brings up new questions. We really get the 'western' feel from this story, which blends beautifully with the medieval upbringing of Roland's childhood and immediate future.
King is a gifted writer who builds great castles with a few bricks, but not everybody wants to meet the shadows in all his many tales. Those who do revel in his gift and are never disappointed.
One good thing I can say is that the cliffhanger from the previous book was resolved.
I have been enjoying this series very much and of course I wanted some information on the background. Especially the back stories that made the characters who and what they are. My disappointment arises because this book in the series has taken me away from the main story almost completely. Yes it fills in some gaps but much more than I needed. I am more interested in what is supposed to be happening now. It's like a novel inside a novel that I wasn't expecting to read and didn't really want to.
It's not a 100% bad story but compared to the excitement, suspense, character development and plot building of other books so far in the series it's fairly boring. I even felt that the characters were bored. Teenage love story ends in tragedy - well we already knew this from reading the first three books in the series so no surprises there.
Frank Muller - brilliant as usual.
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