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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 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....

©1997 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks

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Can't praise this series enough

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.

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Stephen kings epic tale

What did you like most about The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass?

Stephen King has created an interesting group of charactors and some wonderful lands. This book is number four but is a prequel to the books before. The story is based around a young Roland and sets up the story brilliantly. Action packed could even read it as a stand alone book. Really enjoy the dark tower books.

What other book might you compare The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass to, and why?

Lord of the rings, nightwatch.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

Perfect.voice for all the characters

Any additional comments?

Get involved Stephen King best work.

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So Roland DOES have a heart

What did you like most about The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass?

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.

What did you like best about 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.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favourite?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Naturally, the death of Susan Delgado (No spoiler there because it's confirmed in earlier books) and the fear for Sheemie's life.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Follow the yellow brick road....

The ka-tet learn the story of Roland's youth; how he fell in love and just who the wizard and what the glass of the title are.

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the dark tower

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.

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a King Classic

I have loved King since I read IT through my wife's first pregnancy and finished it during her 36hr labour.
I have read 4 of the Dark tower series, but with work and what not I decided to start them again on audible.
A good listen a voice that doesn't bore and ofcourse the word picture painted by King to transport to the deserts, the Inns and through all the emotions and drama played out there.

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My favourite narration to date.

Just the best narration I've heard on audible. Fantastic story and characters. Must listen in my opinion.

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Epic

I nearly brokey heart when Roland discovered what they did to Suzanna. a story within twists and turns. Nice nods to other books not quite in the series. loved it!

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onward to The Dark Tower

This was the first book in the Dark Tower series I had read back in 1997 ...I was gripped instantly by it ...the way King tells stories within stories is just amazing....you sometimes forget in this particular book that he's telling his Katet a story of his former adventures....I then started reading the series from the start ...and was glad I started with Wizard and Glass ........all God's Childn got shoes .....so as an avid reader this band of brothers and sister have become my friends and now I find the Audible series a true blessing as I can completely emmerse myself once again ..now sometimes as a member of Roland's Katet ....the escapists dream to join in their quest of Ks and Katet. .... forged as welth of intricate situations I can learn and relate to my own life ......so for me it's onwards to the next in the series ....back to join my friends ....."Once the doors of perception are truly cleansed ..one will see things as they truly are ," Jim Morrison

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Great narration, story weaker than previous books

This book is almost a prequel to the previous dark tower series, if helps us get to know Roland's motives more. but it doesn't progress the quest to the dark tower! although still a strong book not as good as the previous two in my opinion. its a shame the narrater died and we will not get to finish the series with him as he is one of, if not the best in the business.

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  • 04-10-12

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!

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  • sebbo92
  • 14-06-21

Gets better and better

This has been my favourite book in this series so far. Brilliant performance by Frank Muller as well. Very seldom am I wrapped up in a story as I have been in this one. And when it has ended I am sure I will wish that I could have voluntary amnesia so I may re-experience it as I did this first time.

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  • Snorre Fjellvang
  • 14-06-19

Very good, strongly recommended part 4

Reheard before begins Ng next book in the series. Very entertaining this time as well. A real western.
the narrator is amazing, the best I heard Ower 40 sound books so far-makes it all even better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-18

Best in the series so far!

The best in the series so far!

The Dark Tower books just keep getting better and better! If you enjoyed The Waste Lands, you will love this!

Most of Wizard and Glass is spent filling out some of Roland’s back story and it is a humdinger! Frank Muller owns Mid World. He brings so much character and feeling to all the characters. He style and delivery suits this story so well to my ears.

Can’t wait to get stuck in the next in the series!

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  • Mr Brian Scully
  • 05-08-17

Tough going

A good continuation of the story, if only because it is a continuation albeit split in two, but the extended flash back that took up the largest portion of the book was odd, unevenly paced, far too long and not really enjoyable as a story, especially compared to the last two books. There is of course some wonderful world building all over it and the rest of the book outside of the flash back make it an essential read for those insisting of getting into these books. Here's hoping the next one is better.

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  • Zoran Cavic
  • 10-07-16

Good

Flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks nothing but what I said

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  • Megan
  • 04-01-16

Roland and Susan

Another richly imagined world full of memorable characters that blur the boundaries between good and evil. This is the basis of all Stephen King stories. It makes you ponder the grey areas of ethical decisions and the hold that Ka seems to have on all of us. A must read for the whole of Roland's story.

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  • Sivitrii
  • 09-08-14

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.

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  • Amanda Quick
  • 02-03-14

Expectedly brilliant

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.

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 04-06-13

Disappointing Detour

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.