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The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 5
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

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.

The pivotal sixth instalment in King's best-selling epic fantasy saga provides the key to the quest that defines Roland's life.

In the next part of their journey to the tower, Roland and his band of followers face adversity from every side: Susannah Dean has been taken over by a demon-mother and uses the power of Black Thirteen to get from the Mid-World New York City. But who is the father of her child? And what role will the Crimson King play?

Roland sends Jake to break Susannah's date with destiny, while he himself uses 'the persistence of magic' to get to Maine in the Summer of 1977. It is a terrible world: for one thing it is real and bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot.

Song of Susannah is driven by revelation and by suspense. It continues The Dark Tower series seamlessly from Wolves of the Calla and the dramatic climax will leave listeners desperate to read the quest's conclusion.

©2004 Stephen King (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Better than first reading if possible

I had missed so much from this book on my first reading probably in my eagerness to reach the last instalment The Dark Tower. It is a great continuation and is well read and acted by the narrator giving life and character to the stories cast. Onward to the final instalment. Be true

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Another cleverly created slice of the dark tower.

Really enjoyed this portion of this epic! real thought provoking stuff. The creation meeting it's creator? But who is the creator, and created?
Loved it.

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Didn't know what to expect

Ive never used audio books before now so I didn't know what to expect from this. At first it was hard to listen due to the voiced of characters didn't match what I expected. after i got over this I loved it it was an amazing performance and ill listen to another

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Dull

i just can't with this series. who writes themselves into the book. I don't understand why they are so praised.

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Always an immersive experience reading Kings books

Loved it! Story telling was absolutely decent, and had me hooked from the beginning, can't wait for Rolands remaining path for the Dark Tower!

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Ka.......?

for some reason I struggled to get into this book more than any of the other tales Of Ka. at first it was almost a chore but as it moved along I felt it easier and easier to listen to.... my least favourite so far... One book left.... may Ka guide me

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Discordia

Oh Sai King, I have revisited The Dark Tower after around 16 years. Once again Roland and his Ka-tet have dragged me along on their coattails. Song of Susannah has truly astounded as it seems a whole chunk of the story was missing from my first reading. Only now am I aware of your visit from Roland and Eddie - I suspect Black 13’s hand in hiding this part of the story.

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Awesome, magnificent and unstoppable..

The synergy between Stephen King and George Guildhall is unique the master story writer and the master teller combine in such a way that the listener is transported to another dimension the linkage to other novels from King combines to make the Dark Tower a masterpiece.

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The Dark Tower Series. (Reviewed as a whole).

I adore this series of novels. Having been a fan of King and his work from my early teens when I first read The Dark Tower series I thought I knew roughly what to expect from the author. In a way I wasn’t wrong, but in another way I really was. It is, as a whole, very different to his usual horror genre works with the biggest jump being from horror to....well, how to describe DT? Western-Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Horror? It’s so strange but utterly absorbing. From one of the greatest (in my humble opinion) opening lines in literature to the very last page of the seventh book it defies expectation brilliantly yet constantly manages to include those specific Stephen King twists and aesthetic that you love from his other novels and short stories. Speaking of his other works; I love seeing all the little connections and characters that fill his literary world and that thrill that I get when I recognise a character, place or event from another book in DT or visa versa.

I distinctly remember that the first time I read this series it did something for me that hadn’t been done since I read Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit series as a child; it enveloped me. Like many readers I love the fact that a good book draws you in and makes it so you can see all the detail and get to know these wonderful characters, but there are a special few that can truly bring that world and those characters to life. There’s a quote that I will probably mess up that goes something like: “a good book makes you want to live in it’s world, a great book gives you no choice” or words to that effect and that is genuinely how some books (or series in my examples here) feel. For me, DT is one (or seven) of those books. The characters aren’t just imaginable, they are there in front of you, living and breathing. The world and events aren’t just in your head, you’re right there experiencing every aspect of them. That is the beauty of great fiction.

Naturally, when I discovered the series on Audible I couldn’t wait to get them (waiting for a book per month near killed me 😂) but I admit I was terrified. So many great books have been ruined for me as audiobooks because of a terrible narrator. Thankfully, this series is NOT among them. Although, as a British listener the strong southern drawl did sound a bit cheesy at first after the first twenty minutes or so it really didn’t bother me at all and I appreciated the different accents that the narrator was able to give the characters.
As someone who uses audiobooks to relax and fall asleep to, there is a fine line between a voice that is too monotonous and ruins the story and too over the top which tends to be jarring and not one you can nod off to. An example of the latter is narrator Simon Vance, who is an incredible narrator and gives the voices in the books he narrates so much life and character but definitely not one I find I can fall asleep with so I have to save his books for during the day.
Obviously this isn’t an issue for everyone but I don’t think I am the only person to use audiobooks for this purpose (at least six of my family members do haha!) I thought it was worth a mention.

Overall DT is just a brilliant fantasy epic to sit comfortably alongside the works of such authors as Tolkien, Robin Hobb and Patrick Rothfuss. Worth every last credit.

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DT - Songs of Susannah

Really great read, only sad it wasn't a longer book. Definitely worth listening to. Final book here we come

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  • 18-12-12

A finely crafted entry in the Dark Tower

The penultimate entry in the Dark Tower saga is also one of the shorter books, but lacks nothing for its comparative brevity. With a fine performance by George Guidall, this rates up there as one of my favourite audiobook experiences ever...

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  • Alex
  • 12-11-18

Amazing story telling and narration

Another masterpiece on the way to the tower. Everything seemed to get really meta in the end, which felt strange, but right at the end the significance of it all made sense. The quest of the katet continues in the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

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I love George Guidall's reading on DT. the story is also fascinating, can't wait to continue with the saga

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  • Sivitrii
  • 01-09-14

Back to the 'real' world

The ka-tet spend a lot more time in the 'real' world or the world of Stephen King in this book, and we have much greater symbolism as well with all the time Susan spends in her 'dogan. The story is really moving along here and you can feel the downward slope of the roller coaster in the story, everything is picking up speed and you can tell the Tower itself is just around the corner.

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 07-06-13

This from a fan of Mr King - WHY?

Pregnancy and birth in horror/fantasy/science fiction have been done before and done infinitely better than portrayed in this book. I did have some sort of investment in the character so stayed with it.

It is beyond weird that Stephen King insinuates himself as a major character. It is self indulgent, egotistical and such a nutso, weak literary contrivance that I am amazed Stephen King used it.

King tells Eddie, when talking about writing the book, that he guessed he stopped writing the book because it was "too big for my little brain" and later he explains how he lost the outline off the back of his bike. Well just those two things alone, say it all don't they! They say why the series is so disjointed and a weak, self promotion for his other books. Pathetic!

By the way - one line from Mr King in this book about Mr King's writing has convinced me I already know how the series will end.

Good narration from George Guidall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-18

Nice setup for the final volume

Quite a few memorable scenes in this one. The 4th wall break was handled quite tastefully. The Tower is close.