The Dark Tower : The Dark Tower

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: The Dark Tower
  • 28 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland 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 farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.


What the Critics Say

"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....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." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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I think I may have been the first to notice and buy this book today, so I think it is fitting that I write the first review.

DTVII is the long awaited conclusion to the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. If you have not read or listened to the first six, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK FIRST.

If you have, tread carefully for beyond here there be serpents. (or something like that) No one whom I know that has heard or read the book debates that the story is the finest that King has ever written (all rate this book as the best in the series by far.)

They are, however, in no such agreement over the conclusion. It is impossible to please everyone. My feelings are that the story concludes in the only way that I would have accepted.

One piece of advice is worth giving though: When you reach the Coda, if you are happy with the story up to that point and can come up with the willpower to do so, stop there.

About the audio: George Guidall's reading of this novel is divinely inspired. His pacing and characterizations add a dimension to this book which made it even more enjoyable than the text alone. (This was also divine.)

One other thing: If you are going to post a review, please do not reveal anything of the content of the story. No matter how you feel, it is impolite and inconsiderate to reveal things to others before they even have the chance to learn for themselves.
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- Colleen A. Segarra


This is by far the best book I have read in a very long time. Matter of fact, it may even be the best. All of your questions are answered, there are no loose strings, and most of all, I was so engrossed in the book that I forgot to take my lunch break. So, if you're contemplating downloading this book, than you've already read the first six, (If not, you're lost- Go download 'The Gunslinger') and you don't need this review, because you're going to download it anyway- Resistance is futile. Let's just say that all of my co-workers are fighing over who gets to borrow the cd when I am done with it.
Long days and pleasant nights to you all, and happy listening.
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- Dawn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio