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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba!

In this fourth volume, Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake survive Blaine the Mono's final crash, only to find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, one that has been ravaged by the superflu virus. While following the deserted I-70 toward a distant glass palace, Roland recounts a story about a seaside town called Hambry, where he fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado, and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of John Farson, the harrier who - with a little help from a seeing sphere called Maerlyn's Grapefruit - ignited Mid-World's final war.

©1997, 2003 Stephen King (P)1998, 2003 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Blazing action." ( Booklist)
"As compelling as ever." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"King at his most ebullient sweeps readers up in swells of passion." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Frank Muller is the best Audible narrator!!!!

I'm now halfway through Kings dark Tower series, which I think is the best work he's done. I have to add add that my enjoyment of this remarkable story -- with its wide array of characters, plot lines, environments, moods and literary & cultural references -- has been incredibly enriched by the dramatic range and richness Frank Muller's voice and his phenomenal ability to become John Wayne, an African-American prostitute, a gravel-voiced gunslinger, a frightened young boy, a vengeful maiden aunt, a cynical New York junkie or a young woman in love. His impressions of very different well-known people are dead-on, and he can even sing well when called for. He is not only believable in all the roles he plays, but his emotional intelligence adds to the heights and depths of the roller-coaster ride that King takes us on. I will seriously consider buying any book that he narrates; he's that good!!

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Flashback of brilliance

I am not a huge fan of flashbacks, especially long ones, but man.. This book was absolutely incredible! It might be my favorite of the series so far, which is saying a lot. I look forward to the next 4 books in the series which I am going to start reading in about 5 minutes!

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I love this series, and this book!

Roland as a young man, more please. this is by far my favorite literary work. 5th time through the series and it has lost nothing for me.

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The best of the first 4 books in the series

This recording gets an overall 4 stars because of the quality of the recording. It should be better. This book deserves better. There is a constant static in the background, and a chapter repeats itself towards the end. The story is great. The narrator is great. More attention to detail would have been great.

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Surprise Prequel is Unsurprising Solid-ish

Frank Muller is amazing. I really don't know what else to say. His preformence kept me engaged despite the often slow pacing of the book. The story fits nicely into the seires and covers a lot of ground but it's needlessly detailed at times; creating frustration (i.e. "Get on with it!") instead of anticipation.

I love the world Steven King has created in the dark tower series so I'll stand true and remember the face of my father... But I do hope the next book doesn't feel like a trudg fest.

I would and will recommend this book and series regardless of my griping.

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Such a great book

I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a fanatic of Stephen Kings books. Though I've read a lot of his work and hardly let myself deviate from this book or any other of his books in the series once I purchased one. That said, this statement speaks to my review that this book is absolutely spectacular. Stephen Kings use of his imagination has been awing in this series so far. I yet again am more than excited to read or listen to the next book of his series. What surprised me about the book was how much emotion it made me feel when he wrote about the characters. The story was touching, thrilling and not without an aspect of wonder in it. I highly recommend that you read this book.

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great but version has error

there is a skipping issue towards the end. quite annoying, but great addition to series.

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cannot....will not stop

This series of novels from King has changed my desire to read. I wish I started years ago, almost regret not doing so.

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Great book

this was an excellent book like all Stephen King books. I can't wait to read the next book in this series

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The weakest of the bunch

The weakest of the Dark Tower series so far. Way too much focus on Roland's youth, leading the book to become a western romance rather than the cosmic horror western I loved the first 3 books for. Hopefully book 5 will pick things up a bit.

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