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.
The mystery, the strength of story
Roland, who else?
So many difficult to choose...
Any of the scenes to do with sacrifice
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.
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.
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.
"No one ever does live happily ever after"
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
I've never been a diehard King fan. Yes I've enjoyed the odd story, yes I loved IT, but who doesn't.? my only exposure to King had been the screen adaptations. I think it was my girlfriend who suggested this series on a recommendation she recalled. so I gave book one a try. I nearly gave up on it but by the end I was hungry for the next instalment
so here I am at this book. what did I not. like about. well I wasn't sure about how he named check another author. and himself. to me it seems pointless. or is it? maybe I'll find out differently. what I loved was every thing else. this book was 27 hours but it didn't feel that way. now I want more. tomorrow is my pay day. 4 days later is my new credit day. I'm not waiting and I'm just buying the next book. if your mulling around and looking for an inspiration for a purchase you won't go wrong with this. God I hope the film is as good.
The narrater has been changed for the 5th book. I find the new one difficult to follow and very monotone, his range of voices between the characters is awful and quite frankly he bores me. This is very disappointing as I am enjoying the series so far and don't think I can manage listening to this guy any longer.
Audible Its been three days now and I still can't listen to wolves of the calla it says its in my !library but its not and when I access it through store and press listen now I get the same junk as before about veryfying try later this is a joke what has happened?
I approached this volume with a certain amount of apprehension as I didn't think anyone could bring it to life in the way that Frank Muller had the previous 4. Although it took some getting used to a new voice and style, I didn't need to worry, George Guildhall proved a worthy successor. Truly excellent.
"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?
"Fantastic Story, not so great performance"
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
All of them: it's a great book
Sadly Inconstant, not very "in-role".
- THE MOVIE THAT DOESN'T TOTALLY WRECK THE ORIGINAL BOOKS -
Fantastic story nonetheless. I would have preferred another reader. but it's not that bad.
"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.
"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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