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The Dark Tower VII [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Stephen King , George Guidall
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Sept. 21 2004 Dark Tower (Book 7)
All good things must come to end. Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Ronald Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room -- really a chamber of horrors - in Thunderclap's Fedic Station; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and 61st with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.

Thus the audiobook opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little father. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.

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At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series>, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.

After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dread ing. 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 as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 nonseries novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan (Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long-awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.

In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese

A King and His Tower
Over 30 years in the making, spanning seven volumes, Stephen King's epic quest for the Dark Tower has encompassed almost his entire body of fiction. editor Ben Reese caught up with King to chat about the then-unpublished volumes of his Dark Tower series, rumors of his retirement, and the horrors of genre classification.

Authors on Stephen King
Mystery writer Michael Connelly thinks Stephen King's "one of the most generous writers I know of." Thriller author Ridley Pearson says, "King possesses an incredible sense of story..." Read our Stephen King testimonials to find out what else they and other authors had to say about the undisputed King of Horror.

The Path to the Dark Tower
There are only seven volumes in Stephen King's Dark Tower series but more than a dozen of his novels and short stories are deeply entwined with the Mid-World universe. Take a look at the nonseries titles, from Salem's Lot to Everything's Eventual. Can you find the connections?

History of an Alternate Universe
Robin Furth, an expert on Stephen King's Dark Tower universe if ever there was one, has created a timeline of Mid-World, the slowly crumbling world of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read it and get up to speed on a world of adventure.

Hail to the King
Fans applauded and critics howled when Stephen King was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Service to American Letters. In typical fashion, King accepted the honor with humility and urged recognition for other "popular" authors. Listen to a clip of his acceptance speech, then order the entire speech on audio CD. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers 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. 12 color illus. by Michael Whelan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE END OF THE GREATEST SERIES EVER! Nov. 14 2005
When I finally got around to reading this series, I made a liar out of myself! I enjoyed every other book that King has written and have read most of them. BUT I didn't like the sound of DARK TOWER and the cowboy in all that desert, so I told everyone I liked ALL his books except the DARK TOWER series. Well, I finally read one and was hooked right from the start, and that's how I made a liar of myself. I then went on to read them all. Now, like many other King fans, I hate to see the series end.
I have always adored Stephen King's writing, and the man himself! He has the most fantastic, dark imagination and sense of timing than any author ever. His books are masterpieces, yet King has remained his sweet, humble self. (Can you believe he allowed me, a little known author, to use a quote he wrote, put my own spin on it and make it my own!) If that isn't generosity, I don't know what is!
As you can see, I recommend this book without qualification ... and I've learned a valuable lesson--never say never! I made a liar out of myself this time, but I'm delighted for the opportunity to have had such a fabulous reading experience.
Thanks, Stephen King, for countless hours of entertainment ... not only with your books, but your movies, as well!
KING'S THE KING, for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do me fine, say thankya! Jan. 21 2006
By Irish1
This has been one of the most amazing reading experiences of my life! (I'd say the most amazing, but I have a vivid memory of discovering Tolkien when I was a kid.) The sheer sweep and scope of the story is awesome, and the intricacies of the plot keep the reader's attention focused - if you plan to read this, bring your attention span along!
One of the things I loved most about the books (apart from Stephen King's own involvement in the tale) was the many links to his other works - eg., finally discovering what became of a character from a much earlier book, and finding answers about 'low men in yellow coats'.
Go ahead - join the 'ka-tet'. Go on the gunslinger's journey, and find out if all manner of things will be well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good journey, Feb. 10 2006
By Rylin
Thoroughly enjoyed the series. It captivated me and made me think. Hard to put down and always looked forward to the next one. Sad to see it end. Or did it? You never know!
Another series I've begun reading recently that lovers of this one may enjoy is The Unsuspecting Mage, Book One of the Morcyth Saga by Brian S. Pratt. It's a good read too. I love it so much, I'm telling everyone. He's new on the scene but I think is destined to leave his mark on the genre of fantasy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great end to an amazing series. May 4 2014
By Ty2K
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Stephen King ends the series right with this book. Say what you will about this book, but it closes the series and it doesn't feel cheap. Some people may moan and groan about the ending but if you stop and think about the other books, it makes sense, it feels right. Easily a tie for one of the best books from 'The Dark Tower' series. Holds much re-read value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Oct. 30 2013
By Gbytes
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After reading through the entire series I found the last book mediocre. The quickness with which the "bad guys" are taken care of was anticlimactic and almost felt rushed. The constant references to himself in the storyline became, in my opinion, obnoxious. The last book seemed to enlist more pseudo science and magical realm objects/characters/actions than I felt comfortable with, leading me eventually to feel the story was silly. After reading the series I would not recommend it unless the person was a Steven King fan. I was disappointed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I won't ruin any elements of this story for those who are still reading, or have yet to discover this amazing series by Stephen King. All I will say is that after years of waiting, King has given an astounding finale to his masterwork.....Roland the gunslinger is ever so close to his tower, he and his friends experience joy, sadness, loss....and you will find yourself unable to put this book down, wanting to find out what happens next as the tower looms closer and King puts it, "Come a bit further constant reader, for the tale is almost done..." All will be revealed, and I love the ending!! Read this series! GREAT!
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For those that enjoyed the series as much as I did, this is a great book and a good send off.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twirling finger Jan. 14 2006
By Raggo
I just finished this book maybe an hour ago. I've thought my way in and out of the ending, and I want to share my thoughts.
Truly, this is a work of genius.
I suppose that it fits that some people are angry at Mr. King for the ending, but in the end I blame that on one thing. I blame the story he used for his potent and valuable message, that he used his excellent fantasy adventure to illustrate the danger of doing one thing too much in life. Twirling your finger indicating you want things to hurry up.
When I began reading "coda" it became so clear to me that he was spelling the message out for the reader, almost nervously, that we should not have rushed to the end, that it was a shame if we twirled our finger at Mr. King as he wrote, rushing to the end, the Dark Tower. The idea that the it was not about the end, but about the journey. That Roland could not stop and be happy atlast, that his obsessive need for "the end" drove him to lose everyone and everything he cared about. Over the last two-hundred pages I really started to dislike Roland, and dislike what it was that he was doing. I loved this character until this last 1/3 of the series. It started to feel like he was the villain, and that he fooled us all along the way. We were Jake, and Eddie, and Susannah, and he fooled them all.
His obsession, affectly foreshadowed by Eddie referring to him as a "tower-junkie," (eddie would know best) can only lead to an unhappy ending. There is a serious lesson in the layers of writing Mr. King has done here. How many here can say that they've ever known a true obsession to end well? What someone else said about people like this, is once they achieve their goal, they only make bigger goals for themselves. They never find satisfaction, they never find rest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought the book for someone
I didn't read it since i bought the book for someone else than myself. I think he enjoys it. He says it's a good book.
Published 18 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars The last chapter? We will see :)
I was eagerly yearning for the ending, after started reading this in the 80's. At first I detested the ending, then after some thought, decided it was in fact perfect. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2010 by Joel Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Series that leaves an impression...
This is a general review about "The Dark Tower" series from Stephen King. I have memorable highlights from each and every book and they are all very much separate and unique and... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2007 by JD
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great *SPOILER ALERT*
I must be one of the few who didn't think the last book in the series was brilliant. Overall the series is very enjoyable, "The Drawing of the Three" is my absolute favourite. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2007 by Rebecca Gustafson
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless. Beyond compare.
The perfect final book in a perfect series. An absolutely addictive combination of love, adventure, fantasy, magic, gunfire and everything else you might dream about. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2007 by Illya Zubaryev
5.0 out of 5 stars Say Thankya Big! Big!
This was the best series I have ever read! I couldn't put the book down - I am sad to see the story end, but I'll look forward to reading his new books this year.
Published on May 20 2006 by Frozen Reader
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