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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three Audiobook

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

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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 second novel of King's best-selling fantasy masterpiece, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three doors which open to 1980s America. Here he joins forces with the defiant Eddie Dean and courageous, volatile Odetta Holmes. And confronts deadly serial killer Jack Mort.

As the titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland's quest for the Dark Tower....

Masterfully weaving dark fantasy and icy realism, The Drawing of the Three compulsively propels listeners toward the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer....

©1987 Stephen King (P)1991 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Heather 06/04/2016
    Heather 06/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Re visiting one of my favourite stories"

    I am revisiting the whole collection of dark tower, it is one of my all time favourite stories. I urge anyone who hasn't listened to it to give it a whirl, you won't be disappointed

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ciaran 20/10/2015
    Ciaran 20/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Epic and fantastic"

    I thought to use this as a wind down tool before bed, I hadn't considered that I wouldn't be able to turn it off, that I would want "one more chapter, just one more"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Tilsley UK 06/03/2014
    Sarah Tilsley UK 06/03/2014

    Sarah Tilsley

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    "Fantastic"

    Another fantastic novel by Stephen King. When I first read The Gunslinger (The First in the Dark Tower Novel) it felt to me, more like a Western. I had a vision of Clint Eastwood in a bad Western movie. I pushed through it as it's Stephen King and I expected that The Dark Tower series as a whole would get better and really bring out the parts of King's books that I love and that I have come to expect from the master that is Stephen King.

    At the very start of The Drawing of the Three, it grabbed me. It struck me straight away as different from The Gunslinger and once this one grabbed me, it didn't let me go, not even for a second. Every word of this book drew me in and I was fully under the spell. It is a great novel and one that read more like a Fantasy.

    If you are planning on reading The Dark Tower series and you are unsure about it, I urge you to read it anyway. Push your way through The Gunslinger if you have to because you will not regret it once you get to this novel.

    The Drawing of the Three has me firmly in the Dark Tower series and I can't wait to read more of it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Paula Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "Supernatural duma chuck dida chick"

    I was totally absorbed in the first 3 hours of this book as Roland battles with hideous lobsters on the beach, and then came the door. Moments later he is on a plane inside the mind of the rooky kid Eddie Dean. Stephen King takes us on another supernatural roller coaster in this superb series of books charting the course of Roland and the Dark Tower.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mustangclaire 19/03/2016
    mustangclaire 19/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "What a journey."

    Loved it. Hooked. Better that the one before. Desperate to hear the next one.

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    farah 09/01/2016
    farah 09/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful book.. amazing narration!"

    loved everything about this book. Didn't like Frank Muller at first, definitely changed my tune now. Both him and George Guidall are great. Can't wait to start listening to the rest of the books. Already bought 'The Wasteland'!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Northampton, United Kingdom 04/11/2012
    Craig Northampton, United Kingdom 04/11/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging"

    Fantastic characterisation, vivid descriptions, great narration. King at his best. What more can you ask for really?

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    Michael 27/04/2017
    Michael 27/04/2017 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader and listener of books. I listen to at least 6 books per month and read at least 1.

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    "Brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of this book adds so much more to the story that, I for one, would miss in the printed version. The narration is so good I was actually disappointed to see that King himself narrates one book in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three?

    Roland entering and interacting in the world of "The Prisoner"; this whole sequence was gripping and caused me to have my headphones stuck to my head when I really should have been doing other things.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be surprised if this ends up being the best book in entire series - though I'll be more than delighted if it's not. A great tale, well told and a great way to move the story of last gunslinger closer to the dark tower.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stu UK 09/11/2016
    Stu UK 09/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "gripping story"

    loved the story, loved/hated some of the characters. well performed very well narrated, good atmosphere

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 10/07/2012
    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 10/07/2012 Member Since 2016

    Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.

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    "A new Narrator"

    I admit that this is one of my real pet hates with Audiobooks that are a series when the Narrator changes between books. I have tried not to base my review on it being a new Narrator, rather just how I find listening to this Narrator in his own right. The book I give five stars, no question, Great story but I am sure the narration style would have grated with me equally in the first book. It is a pity that we only have the single rating option here as I would like to give the book 5* for plot but 3* for narration. I am trying to get used to it and ignore the times it grates as I really enjoy the story and this Narrator comes again in series. I am sure I can get used to it and its not so bad I would say it is a huge problem. I just cannot get the "movie trailer voice" style of Narration to sit well in my mind yet, but I am sure I can put up with it and it may not be so bad once I am used to it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • J. Einarsson
    Södertälje, Sweden
    21/09/17
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    "Phenomenal second installment"

    A real nailbiter of a story, the narrator is fantastic with great diversity of voice. The story is likewise written skillfully by King with excellent pacing and interesting characters.

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  • João Gomes
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    "Amazing story and Narration"

    Characters were a mix of mysterious, funny and dark. The whole story is fantastic.
    Narration was top notch.

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  • Mr Brian Scully
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    "A Great Book"

    More of a series of character introductions with little real headway made toward the Tower, but the characters are amazing, as are the circumstances under which they're introduced and it's written and performed with skill. As i said, there's not much distance made toward the Tower here or what even awaits them there, but the adventures the Gunslinger goes on to 'draw the three' are full of peril, wonder, intrigue, tension, drama and all with a surprising amount of humor throughout. The beach, the doors, the lobstrocities (dad-a-chum?) are wonderfully realised. Other than the vivid presence that is the Gunslinger, it's peppered with excellently written characters all-round with scenes tackled from multiple angles and points of view in way that makes such writing seem easy, when it certainly is not. A real 'page' turner (if there is such a thing in an audio book), often engrossing and an incredible performance from Frank Muller. I can't recommend it highly enough and can't wait to listen to The Wastelands to see how the journey continues...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/02/17
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    "great"

    great story. great voice acting. very engaging.
    I have regular podcasts that were completely ignored whilst I listened to the drawing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoori
    25/02/16
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    "Introduction of new characters and great narrator"

    I loved the audio version which is very vivid, the narrator’s voice and style are perfectly suited for the book. I am a big fan of Frank Muller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    11/12/14
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    "Great writing but slightly thin story"
    If you could sum up The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three in three words, what would they be?

    Slightly thin story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roland and Eddie Dean seem to be a good match for one another


    What three words best describe Frank Muller’s performance?

    Nowhere near the performance of George Guidall who read the first book in the series, The Gunslinger. Frank Muellers narration feels laboured and uncomfortable, a monotonous droning that from time to time made me pause the story to give my ears a break. His voice for Eddie is identical with Lenny from the Simpsons, which makes the emotional complexity that King tries to weave into his character unconvincing. Not a good performance at all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    One tower, three gunslingers


    Any additional comments?

    This story, while interesting and extremely well written, is not quite as engaging as the first of the series. I was drawn to Roland, to his quest, his perfection, his solitude in this world that has somehow moved on. The contribution by Eddie and Susanna and their emotional baggage and split personalities amount to little more than a confusing distraction for which there seems to be little justification at least for the time being. Eddie and Susannas relationship is confusing, their romance is surprising and not credible. Who married them?And why is east on their left side when they are travelling north, up the beach? Something to find out later, perhaps...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sivitrii
    Zillmere, Australia
    01/09/14
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    "Anyone else keep thinking this is the third book?"

    Despite it being clearly numbered, I keep remembering this story as the third of the series rather than the second, and I fall into the trap of thinking there hasn't been as much development by this stage as there should be. Then I realise my mistake and I'm impressed all over again how so many new characters and developments are worked into the story. This is a great second volume to what starts as quite a confusing story, with more exposition worked into the narrative than you'll realise until a future re-reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Ocean Grove, Australia
    24/05/13
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    "So Glad I Stuck Around"

    Fabulous characters, imaginative, dangerous creatures, excitement, sentiment, love, sadness - what more could you want.

    The main character Roland had so few redeeming qualities and the storyline was so dismal in the first book of the series that I was unsure whether I could read a whole series.

    In book two we are introduced to three new characters who are compellingly different to each other and prove the perfect compliment to Roland. We start to realise that he has many fascinating levels of complexity to his personality after a long history of experiences.

    Although Mr King cites many influences for the series the storyline is original and exceptionally well told as only he is capable. The first book to me had the wordiness and pretention of a young writer. The second book is more like the Stephen King I know as the superior wordsmith and master storyteller.

    The narrator for the first book was quite good however Frank Muller brings a more vivid interpretation of the convoluted characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ric
    South Narara, Australia
    20/09/12
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    "Interesting story and amazing characters"

    Frank Muller is soooo good! He brings the characters alive! Wow the best narrater I have listened to as yet.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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