The Dark Tower II : The Dark Tower

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • Series: The Dark Tower
  • 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba!
In this second volume, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person's life in New York - here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. They also become the companions, forming a ka-tet, who will assist him on his quest to save the Dark Tower.

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What the Critics Say

"King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters." (Baltimore Sun)
"This quest is one of King's best - communicates on a genuine, human level, but rich in symbolism and allegory." (Columbus Sunday Dispatch)
"An epic in the making." (Kirkus Reviews)

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I'd actually give it a 3.5 stars:

This book has me going back and forth between loving it and being sick to death of it every few chapter. I love the character Roland and his relentless need to reach the Dark Tower at any cost. The whole antihero thing is over played these days but Roland is the exception to this over-done trope. He will sacrifice any and all to complete his mission and it's fantastic. It brings a complexity to his character and his position as the last gunslinger. Roland's world, the one in which has "moved on", is interesting and entertaining. Unfortunately, we don't spend much time exploring it in this story due to him spending most of his time on one beach and the rest in our world. The best glimpses we get into Roland's world is when he compares our world to his. The main problem I have with the book is that we get way too much Detta, who speaks like the most obnoxious characters of a black person ever. I understand it was intentional but that doesn't make it any less obnoxious and insulting to listen to. Also, this book is missing a villain like the Man in Black, someone mysterious and evil to go up against. There's a lot working against our heroes but nothing like vampire spirits, evil preachers, or a murderous town like in the 1st book. Though I don't love the book, I did enjoy it enough to want to read the next one. This is mostly due to Roland being a perfectly realized and interesting character and the mystery of his quest. Everything else is just a little bland.
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- kavita

Much better than the first book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

So even though this was much better than the first book, it still was not great. Hoping by the third book, I will experience what several friends and family members say about this book series.


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- Jkoe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio