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The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Narrated by: Frank Muller
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 4
Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
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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 fourth powerful novel in Stephen King's best-selling fantasy quest, The Dark Tower beckons Roland, the Last Gunslinger, and the four companions he has gathered along the road.

And, having narrowly escaped one world, they set out on a terrifying journey across the scarred urban wasteland to brave a new world where hidden dangers lie at every junction: a malevolent computer-run monorail hurtling towards self-destruction, Roland's relentlessly cunning old enemy, and the temptation of the wizard's diabolical glass ball, a powerful force in Roland's first love affair. A tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado.

And the Tower is closer....

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great

should read the series in order. a little bit folksy to start with but the introduction of new characters is good

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Sheemie is the MVP

Fantastic narration of a amazing novel, the story is brilliant and it's the first book of the series I gave 5 stars to. The story of Roland's life and how he came to be is brilliantly written and always kept my interest throughout the whole book. Frnak Muller once again delivering with his voice, a immersive listen.

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Brilliant as expected but is it really cue-thbert?

I still don’t think the pronunciation of Cuthbert is correct (I’m sure it’s not pronounced cue-thbert. ) but hey I could be the one that’s wrong, same goes for Allan. But a great performance, I especially liked Ria and Shemy’s voices. Great reading of an awesome book.

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Epic Volume of Dark Tower Series

Fantastic novel by sai king! Fingers crossed this is adapted into a tv series. Possibilities are endless!

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Decent read

overall a decent read, not as good as the previous but the narrator carried his perfomance over from previous installments

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Enjoyable listen

The narrator did a great job creating the many characters of the story. The reading was clear and the speed and tone were great. It was very enjoyable to listen too.

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An epic adventure

The next step in the Dark Tower series gives a look at Roland’s back story. At times it seemed never ending but as it drew closer to the ending I was left satisfied.

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Love this series

The dark tower is such a fantastic series. Can’t stop listening!! Terrific reader as well

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greatest series ever

I have listened to a lot of Stephen king and this is his best series of books.

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Wonderfully written, beautifully performed.

This reverie volume of The Dark Tower brought back all the bittersweet memories of my very first youthful love. Performed wonderfully by Frank Muller, I found all the little nods contained within at once charming and grounding. Although I saw some twists and turns coming they were met with horror and chagrin as I grew to love some of the characters that met (and dealt) terrible fates. I highly recommend this book. Stephen King is a master of evocative narrative.

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  • Ric
  • 04-10-2012

My favourite of the series!

Loved the flash back of Roland's first love, at first I didn't want to leave the present and the main characters of the series, but then I didn't want to leave Hambry and come back. Frank Muller gets 5 stars for narration!

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  • Snorre Fjellvang
  • 14-06-2019

Very good, strongly recommended part 4

Reheard before begins Ng next book in the series. Very entertaining this time as well. A real western.
the narrator is amazing, the best I heard Ower 40 sound books so far-makes it all even better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2018

Best in the series so far!

The best in the series so far!

The Dark Tower books just keep getting better and better! If you enjoyed The Waste Lands, you will love this!

Most of Wizard and Glass is spent filling out some of Roland’s back story and it is a humdinger! Frank Muller owns Mid World. He brings so much character and feeling to all the characters. He style and delivery suits this story so well to my ears.

Can’t wait to get stuck in the next in the series!

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  • Mr Brian Scully
  • 05-08-2017

Tough going

A good continuation of the story, if only because it is a continuation albeit split in two, but the extended flash back that took up the largest portion of the book was odd, unevenly paced, far too long and not really enjoyable as a story, especially compared to the last two books. There is of course some wonderful world building all over it and the rest of the book outside of the flash back make it an essential read for those insisting of getting into these books. Here's hoping the next one is better.

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  • Zoran Cavic
  • 10-07-2016

Good

Flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks flashbacks nothing but what I said

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  • Megan
  • 04-01-2016

Roland and Susan

Another richly imagined world full of memorable characters that blur the boundaries between good and evil. This is the basis of all Stephen King stories. It makes you ponder the grey areas of ethical decisions and the hold that Ka seems to have on all of us. A must read for the whole of Roland's story.

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  • Sivitrii
  • 09-08-2014

Everyone loves a flashback episode

I really enjoyed this book, it tells an excellent story from the formative years in Roland's past without truly revealing as much as it brings up new questions. We really get the 'western' feel from this story, which blends beautifully with the medieval upbringing of Roland's childhood and immediate future.

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  • Amanda Quick
  • 02-03-2014

Expectedly brilliant

King is a gifted writer who builds great castles with a few bricks, but not everybody wants to meet the shadows in all his many tales. Those who do revel in his gift and are never disappointed.

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 04-06-2013

Disappointing Detour

One good thing I can say is that the cliffhanger from the previous book was resolved.

I have been enjoying this series very much and of course I wanted some information on the background. Especially the back stories that made the characters who and what they are. My disappointment arises because this book in the series has taken me away from the main story almost completely. Yes it fills in some gaps but much more than I needed. I am more interested in what is supposed to be happening now. It's like a novel inside a novel that I wasn't expecting to read and didn't really want to.

It's not a 100% bad story but compared to the excitement, suspense, character development and plot building of other books so far in the series it's fairly boring. I even felt that the characters were bored. Teenage love story ends in tragedy - well we already knew this from reading the first three books in the series so no surprises there.

Frank Muller - brilliant as usual.

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  • Michelle
  • 27-06-2013

Can't praise this series enough

If I could give this series of books 10 stars I would. Fantastic from start to finish. This is just anouther great chapter in Rolands journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2015

Stephen kings epic tale

What did you like most about The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass?

Stephen King has created an interesting group of charactors and some wonderful lands. This book is number four but is a prequel to the books before. The story is based around a young Roland and sets up the story brilliantly. Action packed could even read it as a stand alone book. Really enjoy the dark tower books.

What other book might you compare The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass to, and why?

Lord of the rings, nightwatch.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

Perfect.voice for all the characters

Any additional comments?

Get involved Stephen King best work.

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  • Steve
  • 19-02-2015

So Roland DOES have a heart

What did you like most about The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass?

Roland's blossoming relationship with Susan Delgado. Also, the relationship with Roland's original Ka-Tet of Owain and Cuthbert. You understand a lot of Roland's motivations and why he is the way he is from the events in this story.

What did you like best about this story?

Roland showing how smart and astute he is despite his distraction with Susan Delgado. Also that he can demonstrate the difference between a gunslinger and those who failed the test and are outcast.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favourite?

I enjoyed Cuthbert Allgood's character and Frank's performance of it. It is slightly distracting hearing the name pronounced differently to how I expect to hear it though. Not that it is Frank's fault because King confirmed that it should be pronounced "Key-ooth-bert" instead of "Cuth-bert" as I'd expect. On a related note, King pronounces Deschain as "Des-chain" whereas Frank (and I) would pronounce it more French as in "Desh-ain". I only mention it as King reads "The Wind Through the Keyhole" himself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Naturally, the death of Susan Delgado (No spoiler there because it's confirmed in earlier books) and the fear for Sheemie's life.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant story that gives us the background of Roland's life before his quest for the Dark Tower. I think that "The Drawing of the Three" is a better story but many would disagree. Definitely worth reading as a King fan even if you dislike the Dark Tower series.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 08-08-2012

Follow the yellow brick road....

The ka-tet learn the story of Roland's youth; how he fell in love and just who the wizard and what the glass of the title are.

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  • william
  • 19-07-2012

the dark tower

what i loved about thr dark tower is the story teller.he takes you into into to the story.you become part of the story,a forth travler.

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  • Aaron Ennis
  • 11-07-2020

Equals Book 1

for me this book has equaled book 1 the gunslinger. it is the 3rd time reading it and the 1st time listening. I have had all books in paperback but have yet to finish. I have read 1 3rd of the next book twice and gotten no further. I hope listening rather then reading will finally get me to the Dark Tower.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-2020

FURTHER ON UP THE PATH

AMAZING FINAL NARRATIVE FROM THE LATE FRANK MULLER. BACKWARD TO GO FORWARD WITH THE KATET

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  • Zak Edwards
  • 09-06-2020

5 books down in 2 weeks

The only downside is that I'm running out of books to listen too. Fantastic series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2020

Roland's Past..

This book moves the story forward very little in the 4th part of The Dark Tower series, focusing instead on Roland's youth. A story written in a classic Wild West style, as the young Gunslinger vists Mejis, Mid-Wordl's cousin of Mexico. An exciting, romantic thriller. This book will give you a deeper understanding of Roland and how he became the man he is today. An excellent read.

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  • Genuinebloke
  • 22-05-2020

Awesome genre shift.

I read the series over ten years ago and am re-listening on Audible. First time around I thought this was one of the stronger books and it stand up even better on listening.

The bulk of the narrative flashes back to Roland's youth for a Western-style tale that instantly hooks the listener. There is a genuine sense of threat throughout. I already know how it all pans out and thought this would ruin it for me but it did not at all. Frank Muller's narration is fantastic, especially considering he has to bring in a whole new cast of characters in addition to providing a convincing voice for Young Roland to counter the Old Roland elsewhere in the book.

I'm really enjoying this series (again) :-)