In the fifth novel in King's bestselling 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.
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.
Loved all of these dark tower book. didn't think I would but after listening to the first one. I was completley hooked. This is a great book in the series.
The ka-tet arrive in a small town with a sad past. The town is strange in that all the offspring are twins; and the bond between twins seems to be of importance to the mysterious wolves, who kidnap one of the twins every so often, and return them 'ruint' or 'ruined'. It is up to the ka-tet to defeat the wolves with the help of the minister who originally appeared in 'Salem's Lot'.
"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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