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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Roland's blossoming relationship with Susan Delgado. Also, the relationship with Roland's original Ka-Tet of Owain and Cuthbert. You understand a lot of Roland's motivations and why he is the way he is from the events in this story.
Roland showing how smart and astute he is despite his distraction with Susan Delgado. Also that he can demonstrate the difference between a gunslinger and those who failed the test and are outcast.
I enjoyed Cuthbert Allgood's character and Frank's performance of it. It is slightly distracting hearing the name pronounced differently to how I expect to hear it though. Not that it is Frank's fault because King confirmed that it should be pronounced "Key-ooth-bert" instead of "Cuth-bert" as I'd expect. On a related note, King pronounces Deschain as "Des-chain" whereas Frank (and I) would pronounce it more French as in "Desh-ain". I only mention it as King reads "The Wind Through the Keyhole" himself.
Naturally, the death of Susan Delgado (No spoiler there because it's confirmed in earlier books) and the fear for Sheemie's life.
A brilliant story that gives us the background of Roland's life before his quest for the Dark Tower. I think that "The Drawing of the Three" is a better story but many would disagree. Definitely worth reading as a King fan even if you dislike the Dark Tower series.
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.
this series gets better and better. can't wait to read the next! do have to say I strongly suggest reading it at 1.25 speed for this narrator. but with that small change? amazing! !
The book seem to engulf me. I felt as though I was in the book along with the characters
Any of the previous series. They take you on a long journey with many twists and turns.
He seemed to really get in to all the parts and made the story so lifelike, it was as if I could see the book unfolding in front of me.
When the young Susan was killed at the stake, but she never denounced her feelings for Roland.
I haven't read too much Stephen King and what I have read, was several years ago, so I don't recall cringing quite this much with The Shining.
His obsession with describing every inch of female anatomy, gets quite uncomfortable and his sex scenes just made me skip forward. Apparently he's married, but this makes me feel sad for his wife....
He can paint a very descriptive picture of people, places, landscapes, so why he feels the need to follow every one of them with a "like a..." and further description, escapes me. Especially when the references aren't exactly common place. "Black smoke billowed into the sky... like a funeral pyre". I don't know if many Vikings read his work, but that adds nothing. Removing them would greatly reduce the length of the book, help making it tighter and less drawn out.
As for the constant sexual references to so many subjects, Freud could make a career out of him. Referring to the glow of a glass ball as "labial pink", was a particular high point.
My journey with Roland will end here. I have managed four books and heard so much about where King takes the story, that I don't think I could stick it. So for me.... They reach the Dark Tower and live happily ever after
The Dark Tower Series are Kings magnum opus. A true epic.
One of the greatest joys is the way characters and other items from his other works tie into this series.
Randall Flag, Captain Trips etc as well as the other books such as Talisman, The Black house, The Stand and many more.
"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!
"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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