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The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Narrated by: Frank Muller
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 4
Length: 27 hrs and 35 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 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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Roland's Past..

This book moves the story forward very little in the 4th part of The Dark Tower series, focusing instead on Roland's youth. A story written in a classic Wild West style, as the young Gunslinger vists Mejis, Mid-Wordl's cousin of Mexico. An exciting, romantic thriller. This book will give you a deeper understanding of Roland and how he became the man he is today. An excellent read.

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Awesome genre shift.

I read the series over ten years ago and am re-listening on Audible. First time around I thought this was one of the stronger books and it stand up even better on listening.

The bulk of the narrative flashes back to Roland's youth for a Western-style tale that instantly hooks the listener. There is a genuine sense of threat throughout. I already know how it all pans out and thought this would ruin it for me but it did not at all. Frank Muller's narration is fantastic, especially considering he has to bring in a whole new cast of characters in addition to providing a convincing voice for Young Roland to counter the Old Roland elsewhere in the book.

I'm really enjoying this series (again) :-)

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A great story brought to life

I've always loved this story but hearing Frank Muller create voices for each character brought another dimension to the story. It was so enjoyable.

In this COVID period it's been amazing to relax into the listening to a story and listen as the narrator creates the atmosphere that Stephen King hoped to create with this book.

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Frank 👍

Frank does a great job on the characters voices, he's gotten me through so many hours at work, helped of course by Stephen Kings epically long stories.

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Loved this book most of the Series.

Rolands story is one I've read and listened to more than one time. From start to end, his journey is fantastic.
Wizard and Glass has a fair chunk of folk who dislike the book, mainly because of the resolution of the cliffhangher from the previous book, Wastelands, and then the story essentially being a backstory for Roland and not moving the story towards The Dark Tower.

Those that think this book does not move the story much are both right and so very wrong.

Learning what happened in this book brings out a side of Roland we've not seen much of prior to now. Dealing with his first love, his best friends and everything else that started him along the path to The Dark Tower is a delightful injection to the series.

For me, it's 9/10 easily.

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  • Ric
  • 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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  • 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.