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The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Narrated by: Frank Muller
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 3
Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
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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 third novel in King's epic fantasy masterpiece, Roland, the Last Gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower, which haunts his dreams and nightmares. Pursued by the Ageless Stranger, he and his friends follow the perilous path to Lud, an urban wasteland. And crossing a desert of damnation in this macabre new world, revelations begin to unfold about who - and what - is driving him forward.

A blend of riveting action and powerful drama, The Waste Lands leaves listeners breathlessly awaiting the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer....

©1991 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks

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Ok.. Now I love this Narrator

Well, I reviewed book 2 and was at that point a bit peeved that the Narrator had changed from Book one. I thought it was the narrator I didnt like, but I was wrong - it was infact my pet hate that narrator changed in a book series and nothing else. I find that I now love this narrator and cant imagine the characters having been any other way. A bit of google searching reveals that unfortunately Frank Muller was unable to complete this series after being in an accident and that is the reason for the alternating narrators. Both are excellent, I am sure it will jar again when Frank Muller is no longer reading but I am sure it will become as enjoyable again very shortly afterwards. I am very glad that book one has the "new" narrator as I will have heard his voice already when the change comes again. The Story is utterly superb as is the narration, I had no idea that I was listening to and giving a bad review of a narrator who was considered amongst the best, after many hours listening to this Narrator I can now see why he was chosen to read these books and it is a real shame that he has since passed away and will never complete the set.

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Awesome again!

Another stellar performance from the author and narrator. Quickly becoming my favourite book series! Love it!

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Excellent

Loved it, audible have brought Roland's world to life once again. Stephen King is truly a master story teller and Frank Muller has such a dynamic and complementary reading style that between them they weave a magical spell that enthralls and captivates from beginning to end.

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Cliffhanger? So? You'll just carry on listening!

I read the series over ten years ago and am re-listening on Audible. The first time around I thought this book dragged a little compared to the others around it. Now, I'm not sure why. Maybe I was not fully focused back then. Maybe (and there is a case for this) the narration is simply excellent. Either way, I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed the Waste Lands this go around.

The book has two obvious acts and both feature slower paced and higher octane sections. The slower areas are not a drag at all, they offer excellent character development and world building that set the scene for much that follows in the series. When first released the cliffhanger ending was criticised by many but it's just great and if you have any sense you'll be quickly moving on to Wizard & Glass anyway.

Special mention to Frank Mullers voices for Gasher and Tik Tok Man. The former especially adds further levels of creepiness to an already grim character.

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An excellent story very engaging

A well written piece of literature. Nicely read couldnt put it down. Looking forward to more....

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Excellent story, Excellent performance

I read this series a long time ago and loved it. This audiobook is amazing.

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Excellent

A gripping section in the tale of Roland of Gilliad. Stephen King transports you to another world

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Incredible weave of story telling.

This series is brilliant and so well interwoven I literally found it exceptionally difficult to stop and stay away from. One of the best book series I have ever given time too.

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See you later alligator

It’s my first audiobook of the series and I gotta say that Frank Muller’s performance is breathtaking - you can feel the emotions, the moods and the personalities as if you’re there with them. This, of course, thanks to the majestic writing skills of Stephen King. The world is alive and pulsating of mystery, grim, eerie, ugly and magical. After the second book, which was more of a “second foundation” for the saga I’m happy to see the rhythm kicking again in your guts as “Gunslinger” did. 4 stars to the story only because the first its still my personal 5 stars!

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Fantastic.

Can not wait to start the next book! Outstanding story so far, totally gripping. Excellent narrator

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  • Tori
  • 30-07-12

Frank Muller is the voice of Roland.

Where does The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very High, dark tower series started me off on Audio books & the late Frank Muller is my favourite narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roland, tough gunslinger character, very similar to David Gemmells Jerusalem man (aka Jon Shannow). Read superbly by Muller. Even Stephen King said he would listen to Mullers reading to get in the atmosphere to write the next dark tower novel.

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to many of his performances and all are good, but in my opinion this is his best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just love the world and characters he has created, so strange & disturbing. Have read and listened to the whole series, and without a doubt prefer listening because Muller takes you right into the world with his powerful performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-19

a favourite author1a1aaqaaqqqq

excellent brings kings character's to life. I am a massive fan of king &can,t wait for next episode

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  • Graham William Mead
  • 12-08-17

Outstanding!

The narrator does supreme justice to this intriguing, masterfully crafted and truly original series. It is unusual not to bore of a narrator after 18hrs of listening and this itself is testament to the creative vocal genius of Frank Muller. The uniqueness of each character is delivered with uncanny consistency and utterly plausible designer voice.
I would thoroughly recommend this entire series.

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  • Mr Brian Scully
  • 29-05-17

Great

a harder one to get through than Drawing of the Three - simply not as much of a page turner for me past the first third - but still a great book.

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  • Christopher Tierney
  • 04-07-16

Brilliant performance

I struggled to stop listening. the story is the most interesting I've listened to in a long while.

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  • Megan
  • 15-12-15

Not wasted

Such a lot is answered in this story and such a lot remains. Who would have thought of psychotic machinery but Stephen King. By far The Dark Tower is his finest epic work and I look forward to reading the next instalment.

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  • Laura Elston
  • 11-03-15

Amazing

Great book, the characters are brilliantly written and act realistically as opposed to a Hollywood hero. I'm hooked.
The only issue is a strange delay on the voice that you can hear in gaps.

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  • Sivitrii
  • 01-09-14

Brings it all together

This, the third book in the Dark Tower saga, really brings the ka-tet together and sets them on their path. It has some very dark concepts and unpleasant sections both because it deals with negative emotions, war, assault, abandonment etc and also because it shows weaknesses in each of the characters. It ends on a heck of a 'To be Continued' which feels quite frankly cheap, but I'm one of the fortunate ones that had the next book loaded and ready to go !!!

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 04-06-13

Wanted to Stop but Could Not

Frank Muller seemed to take perverse pleasure in extending each horrific second and left me breathless. Fabulous, thoughtful narration.

The characters are more 3 dimensional with each becoming more aware of their roll in the quest. This book in the series is a page turner with plots and scenarios evolving and a cliffhanger ending.