The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The fifth novel in Stephen King's magnificent epic, one of the most popular series in publishing history.
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.
In the fifth novel in King's best-selling epic fantasy series, the farming community in the fertile lands of the East has been warned the wolves are coming back. Four gunslingers, led by Roland of Gilead, are also coming their way. And the farmers of the Calla want to enlist some hard calibers.
Torn between protecting the innocent community and his urgent quest, Roland faces his most deadly perils as he journey through the Mid-World towards the Dark Tower.
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|Listening Length||25 hours and 46 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||14 June 2012|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,193 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
364 in Military Fantasy (Books)
369 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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I do have to agree with other reviewers that this felt a little long and meandering sometimes, and perhaps some content could have been cut - for example Pere Callahan's backstory. Of course I may be wrong and the vampire subplot may prove to have some importance in the series, but based on this book alone it felt a bit odd and out of place. It also seems just a tiny bit self-indulgent for King to reference his own characters (Callahan, Flagg etc) and even to name-drop himself a couple of times!
But these are minor issues, and the reader is free to skim-read sections that don't interest him/her!
This story is a little different from previous instalments. The journey towards the elusive Dark Tower slows as the team, King's own "fellowship", stop to help a town that anticipates a violent and devastating attack from the "wolves", a group of almost-men who may kill or abduct their children. There are many secrets in this book, all of which are revealed satisfactorily, and many of the mysteries surrounding Roland's world are also uncovered - although there are just as many new questions as there are answers.
The writing is, as ever, great; the dialogue particularly brings such clarity to this aspect of King's complex series that you don't feel you're reading fantasy, which, as a writer of the genre myself, can often get bogged down in the narrative. King lightens the novel where it needs light, and darkens the novel when the various truths are revealed. Speaking of light and revelations, we see the protagonist Roland in an entirely new light, adding yet another layer to the full rounded character and his companions. It's wonderful and heart-breaking to see our beloved characters in this way, who by now feel like family.
Do we want Roland to succeed? Always. Do we want him to succeed at the expense of his companions, who are also our friends? There are new aspects of the Dark Tower, its substance and purpose, that almost make us think "maybe they aren't all that important after all ..."
Don't miss it. It's a series back on track after a minor slowdown, and it is so intriguing that you'll still be thinking about it weeks later.
My favourite story by The Master is just as brilliant as ever. The characters are fantastically written and the emotions shown are very easy to feel.
Perhaps the best thing for me was the chance at long last to finally find out what happened to Father Callahan of 'Salem's Lot fame. I loved his character in the Lot and wasn't disappointed at all with the discovery of his life after he left. I think that his story could well have been written on it's own as a sequel to 'Salem's Lot, but then that's just my opinion as a massive Lot fan!
The Wolves stands true in the tale of the quest for the Dark Tower. I was pleased that Oy was still alive and well at the end too. I am very happy that Mr King decided to give Roland some happiness in this book. After reading Wizard And Glass, I really felt sad for the guy.
Another great aspect for me was the side-line of Susannah. This is a remarkable woman and I'm hoping and guessing that she will prevail in her coming troubles. I for one can't wait to meet her 'chap'!!!
I would suggest that you read the first Dark Tower books before attempting this one, or you may find yourself getting a little confused, or feel like you're about to go ToDash!!!
There is no other ka-tet I'd rather read about...Well done Mr King, and thankyou for not disappointing me!!!