- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (18 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508293643
- ISBN-13: 978-1508293644
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,387 customer ratings
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"[A] hypnotic blend of suspense and sentimentality...sprawling, eventful tale of demons, monsters, narrow escapes and magic portals."-- "New York Times Book Review"
"An absorbing, constantly surprising novel filled with true narrative magic, a fitting capstone to a uniquely American epic."
"This philosophical exploration of free will and destiny may surprise those who have viewed King as a prolific pop-fiction dispenser. But a closer look at the brilliant complexity of his Dark Tower world should explain why this bestselling author has finally been recognized for his contribution to the contemporary literary canon. With the conclusion of this tale...King has certainly reached the top of his game."
"The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax."
Publisher's Weekly A pilgrimage that began with one lone man's quest to save multiple worlds from chaos and destruction unfolds into a tale of epic proportions. While King saw some criticism for the slow pace of 1982's The Gunslinger, the book that launched this series, The Drawing of the Three (Book II, 1987), reeled in readers with its fantastical allure. And those who have faithfully journeyed alongside Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy ever since will find their loyalty toward the series' creator richly rewarded. The tangled web of the tower's multiple worlds has manifested itself in many of King's other works -- The Stand (1978), Insomnia (1994) and Hearts in Atlantis (1999), to name a few. As one character explains here, From the spring of 1970, when he typed the line The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed...very few of the things Stephen King wrote were 'just stories.' He may not believe that; we do. King, in fact, intertwines his own life story deeper and deeper into the tale of Roland and his surrogate family of gunslingers, and, in this final installment, playfully and seductively suggests that it might not be the author who drives the story, but rather the fictional characters that control the author. This philosophical exploration of free will and destiny may surprise those who have viewed King as a prolific pop-fiction dispenser. But a closer look at the brilliant complexity of his Dark Tower world should explain why this bestselling author has finally been recognized for his contribution to the contemporary literary canon. With the conclusion of this tale, ostensibly the last published work of his career, King has certainly reached the top of his game. And as for who or what resides at the top of the tower...The many readers dying to know will have to start at the beginning and work their way up.
About the Author
Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story ""The Man in the Black Suit."" He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
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How can I capture into words the feelings I have for The Dark Tower? This is a truly sweeping tale of grand proportions which pays full respect to the story King has been building since way back in 1970. In equal parts heartbreaking, triumphant, and humbling for our favourite knight-errant Roland Deschain, this final epic tome delivers a satisfying conclusion to the series whilst leaving the reader with a sense that the true story is not yet over. King once again excels with his effortless ability to weave complex themes and arcs into a single, cohesive narrative. The Dark Tower is a long, winding tale, but not a single word is wasted. Never in life!
Stephen King, I say thankya.
When I read a good book I think of it as 'real'. For me it lost that reality.
Which, for me, is a pity.
Perhaps the third book in the Talisman trilogy will offer one when it is finally written.
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This book is laden with the sense of impending conclusion, and the need to have an outcome for the major characters. Susannah keeps her level of dominance which has been a feature of the last few books of the series which to me took away some of the possible power of the story.
Without spoiling the many outcomes for characters (barring ROland) are brutally rapid once their time arrives. I was particularly surprised by the conclusions for both Walter and Mordred.
As to the overall ending, I tend to agree with King's own notes at the end - it works, and isn't a cop out.
I was also getting bored of the way not only was King a major character (which largely worked) but also the mechanics of being in a novel were dropped in in increasingly less polished ways.
What a talent what imagination.
From a constant reader, thanks Mr King.
G.W on the 18/6/19 2.55 hours BST.
A long series like this is a trial as much for the reader as it is for the characters in the story and, I suspect, as much of a trial for Mr King himself over the years. There is always a feeling of loss at the end of a series, when you realize there may be no more stories about your favourite characters, but there is also relief that it is, at last, over.
As the saying goes "All good things must come to an end."
Bravo Mr King. It's a series destined to go down as one of the greats of modern fantasy. Let's hope the rumored TV serialisation and movies turn out half so good, if they turn up at all!