The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Digital Audiobook narrated by George Guidall
Published by Pocket Books on September 1, 2006
Series: The Dark Tower #7
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Western
Length: 1050 pages or 28 hours, 10 minutes
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The seventh and final installment of Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga is perhaps the most anticipated book in the author's long career. King began this epic tale about the last gunslinger in the world more than 20 years ago; now he draws its suspenseful story to a close, snapping together the last pieces of his action puzzle and drawing Roland Deschain ever closer to his ultimate goal.
I reviewed this book in depth last March, so I am going to keep this brief and to-the-point. 🙂
The Dark Tower is one of my least favorite books of the series, mostly because of the events that unroll within it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely well-written, and the last 45 minutes of the audiobook are my favorite in the series. It’s just that I’ve spent a lot of time invested in these books, and I don’t like seeing the characters I fell in love with, die.
I mean, fundamentally, that stinks in any book, but after about the 50% mark, I get a whole lot less invested in the story, because it loses that je ne sais quoi for a while. I just get bored?
The twist at the end, though, is one of my favorites any book. It’s funny, because I can wade through all the hundreds of pages while Eddie is dragging a nearly dead Roland along the shore of the South Sea, but Dandelo bores me. If it wasn’t for the “Oh no!” just a short breath before the end, that thing that shatters your mind a little so you’re grounded just as the story ends, I wouldn’t be able to revisit this series. But, because of it, I’ve discovered so many lost details and have been pulled in time and again.
The Dark Tower is really a commitment. It’s thousands of pages. It contains the signature Stephen King long windedness. But the twist is excellent and you meet a lot of really solid characters along the way. If you are patient, you will be rewarded.