The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Posted: November 21, 2004
Category: Audio
So, I just finished The Dark Tower VII on CD. As usual George Guidall is doing a good job reading about Roland and his gang. He has now narrated The Gunslinger (the new edition), Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower. During this time he has gotten a lot of negative comments about his reading as well as good comments (the positive has been a bit fewer though). Many critics are comparing him to Frank Muller who narrated The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands and Wizard and Glass. Personally I like both of their narrating and they are both good narrators but I'm going to stick out my chin here by saying that I actually think that George is a little bit better (guess how many mails I'm going to get about this)…

But then on the other hand, if you're going to look for the best narrator of them all it would have to be King him self. He has narrated versions of The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands.

OK, with that said, back to my review. The Dark Tower VII consists of 24 CD's and is approx. 29 hours long and as I said when I reviewed the book this is one of King's best books to date. It has everything in it and off course it has the ending to a story that has been in the making since the 70s. What more could you possible ask for? Not much.

Earlier King said that he would retire after The Dark Tower VII (something he has now taken back) and that (and the fact that parts of The Dark Tower VII is really sad) made the experience of reading the book quite sad. You didn't want it to end.

Well, it did end and even though it didn't put an end to King's career it did (at least according to King) put an end to The Dark Tower saga. But then again, you can never know with King. I wouldn't bet that this is the last we have heard about the characters or the dark tower itself…

Lilja's final words about The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower:

I'm going to say just about the same thing I said when I reviewed the book. If you haven't read it already you should listen to it. This is one of King's best books and it would be a pity to miss out on it. But before you listen to this one, you should listen to part 1 - 6 if you haven't already, and that's an order!

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