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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.

©2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Breathtaking

amazing from start to finish. but it is a few short steps in the path to an epic journey.

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Continuing on to the Dark Tower

I’ve had mixed opinions of the previous Dark Tower books but this was one of the good ones in the series. The final twist in the last few minutes have me eager to start the next book.

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Read along with this on my kindle and wow

Amazing, the climax was quite exiciting and well worth the read, great reader RIP Frank

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A great book

Loved it and found it very well paced, I found it to be the best in series so far

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Ive gone a little to-dash with this book

I miss Frank Muller ... storyline is a little slow but overall an ok read

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Worth listening to even if you have read it before

Worth a listen even if you know the story. the Dark Tower series continues to be the best book series I've ever read.

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Great ending!

A bit slow and tedious in parts, but that ending was great! bring on the next book.

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Great story and great story telling

it was a great story. I highly recommend it. There were some great humourous parts and spot on references.

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Leaves you interested

I must admit the Dark Tower series is not my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the adventures of Roland and Co but I do find it long and drawn out in areas. That said the climax of each novel leaves me wanting more and King leaves the mystery open to my interpretation and what is to come in the search of the Dark Tower.

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Holy Hanna.

Amazing work and such a joy to listen to.
As have the ones before.
Had me invested so much I was listening even while I worked.
Can’t wait to start the next. Book 6.

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  • J. Einarsson
  • 10-08-2018

Guidall has big shoes to fill, does it gallantly

The loss of Frank Muller is palpable and tragic. But Guidall carries on very well. I am hooked on this series and this installment is my favorite yet, I think.

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  • Frøya
  • 04-04-2018

thrilling

I love the dark tower series and this is a cool part that seems like a western story where the Gunslingers must help a peacful town og farmers

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  • Craig Perry
  • 04-04-2017

Great, but audio is off

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Despite the narrator change (which is explained, sadly, at the end of the book), there are clear re-dubs within this title, especially in the second half. Either another narrator has stepped in, or has been recorded on different equipment, at a different time.

It's not much, but it is jarring. Also, the actual audio quality is not great, very low, very bassy. And for some reason, there are two parts where it seems a sound effect is used... also very jarring considering not a single one has been used within the last go knows how many hours.

Great story, bad recording, narrator is... ok. Mostly maintains the vocal distinctions but does fall flat on some others. Just started the next book and it does seem that some of these criticisms have been addressed though so fingers crossed.

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  • Robin Åman
  • 23-11-2016

The story moves forward

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was probably faster for me to listen to this than to read it myself. The audio book was long so the paper book would be very long and I would probably take forever to finish it.

Would you recommend The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla to your friends? Why or why not?

Well if you have read the previous four book you kind of have to read this one too.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a great voice, so it is like being read a book by some old grandfather.

Do you think The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, and it has one. These questions should probably not show up for book 5 out of 7 in a series.

Any additional comments?

Only two books left in the Dark Tower series now. Let's see where Mr. King takes us.

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  • Megan
  • 14-01-2016

Another fork in the road

It's a shame that frank muller is unable to continue reading for us. I hope his recovery is progressing.
Wolves of the calla continues to expand on the lives of the travellers and again links other King novels with the dark tower. It is full of all the King delights - good versus evil, the shoot out, the heroes. What's not to like?

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  • C
  • 21-09-2015

Fantastic Story, not so great performance

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla the most enjoyable?

The story is fantastic. The voice is clear and understandable, but you can clearly hear when the cuts are made. Also all the characters sounds the same

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla?

All of them: it's a great book

What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

Sadly Inconstant, not very "in-role".

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

- THE MOVIE THAT DOESN'T TOTALLY WRECK THE ORIGINAL BOOKS -

Any additional comments?

Fantastic story nonetheless. I would have preferred another reader. but it's not that bad.

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  • Sivitrii
  • 01-09-2014

Peak of the roller coaste

Calla was a valuable step in the Dark Tower saga, though it seemed a little like a distraction at first. We see more of the history and reality of the Tower, the Beams, the Guardians and the Low Men through flash backs and similar devices, with important progression of the ka-tet's mission. Enjoyable, especially because everything really speeds up from here, two books from the end and it really feels like you've hit the peak of a roller coaster, it's all been build up but it's a wild ride from here on in.

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 04-06-2013

I don't get it

There are so many good reviews for this book and I just don't get it. I enjoyed the first three books in the series very much but there are too many side trips.

It is becoming obvious how much time has elapsed between the beginning of the series and the last. So much time that I think Mr King has lost the plot. The storyline is getting lost with the rehashing of other stories from other novels. I don't mind occasional flashbacks and sidetracks if they help complete a story but when they become a distraction, long winded and unnecessary to the plot these diversions become boring. Father Callahan! Boring with a capital B.

The continuation of the new storyline has some good moments but they are few and far between and there is so much old stuff to wade through it becomes boring.

Also, I can't say I like the development of Roland's character much. He was a hardnosed cowboy who let a little boy he loved die and now he's just plain soppy. The story of the Dark Tower hasn't moved ahead very much, i.e. there's not much new happening.

I seriously miss Frank Muller's narration but George Guidall does a fair read.

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  • Jamie
  • 21-12-2013

Amazing book, great series, narrator pretty good

Would you listen to The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla again? Why?

The mystery, the strength of story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roland, who else?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So many difficult to choose...

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

Any of the scenes to do with sacrifice

Any additional comments?

Just wanted to mention/reply to the above comment regarding the narrator to this book not being as good as the previous series narrator, Frank Muller. Did you listen to the afterword, whoever wrote this review? I think I'm inclined to believe Frank was better-without disrespect to this narrator, cry your pardon, who I don't think as bad - but Frank Muller was all ready and set up to narrate this one and the rest of the dark tower...then he had a horrible motorcycle accident, leaving him with lots of neurological damage and unable to work. So I feel bad being too hard on the guy, or on this other narrator who does do a reasonable job. Here's wishing Frank Muller all the best.

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  • Fran Turner
  • 13-04-2017

Excellent

Narration was brilliant, drawing the listener in further in when needed. Story line gripping as in the rest of this series so far. Since using audible I watch a lot less television as I enjoy using my imagination. Being dyslexic I get to enjoy books now.

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  • Eric
  • 01-09-2020

one of the best books in the series

this book is endlessly re-readable, as is most of the series. Sadly Frank Mueller had a tragic accident and couldn't finish the series, but Guidall does a solid job taking over the narration here

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  • Jacob
  • 07-03-2014

Liked it a lot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I liked his voice of the gunslinger. His female voices sounded good, but I did not believe Susanah too much. Susanah, being a black woman would probably sound slightly different, but those are details, really. George Guidhall gave this story a voice that I never heard, and say thankee for that. Thankee big big.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"No one ever does live happily ever after"

Any additional comments?

I gave the story 4 out of 5 because I got annoyed by Steven King's numbers fetish, especially the... Well just have a listen

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  • Paul
  • 03-11-2012

George Guidall is the narrator

I have just started this audibook and was disgusted to discover that George Guidall is the actual narrator. He also narrated the first book. Frank Muller narrated books 2 to 4, and in my opinion is a far superior narrator. For example, I liked the way Frank had Roland sounding like a cowboy, and Eddie sounding like a New Yorker. With George, all the ka-tet sound like each other, even Oy the billy-bumbler sounds like the other characters.



It is going to be hard to enjoy the book.

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 14-04-2021

Where is Mia'

What an Amazing journey..these characters are my friends......I'm completely immersed in this epic journey and sad 😭 that Frank Muller will not be continuing the readings of the final three books .....I think Frank really captured the essence of the characters to a tee'......but ultimately it's the storyline itself that grips you and although it takes a bit of time to adjust and trust the new Narrator ....no Narrator could help but be transformed into the likeness of each character.....with the weight of these novels ....best of luck trying to fill franks shoes 👟 or who knows ..as the book takes another sinister twist .....it may have been KA??? Say sorry big big ......Get well soon Frank and will be donating to to your trust fund bro ......your a true Gunslinger Bro ........onward to find Mia ..daughter of none !!!!! 🥺🥺🍖🙏

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  • Daniel
  • 06-04-2021

Great as always. story just keeps getting better

I never actually thought I'd be this far in remembering my confused thoughts in book one but how I was wrong. the characters and story grow on me by the minute listened.

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  • Zachary Binks
  • 30-12-2020

Great next book in the Tower series iffy recording

Great yest again but seemed to lose the second syllable on each chapter/recording start.
Re download didn't resolve but learned to live with it in the end

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  • Chris
  • 11-09-2020

Dark tower

If you want to escape this world and dive into the realm of fantasy this and the other dark tower novels by King are the best way to do so, thank you Mr King for finishing this truly awesome adventure.

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  • David England
  • 16-08-2020

Incredible

LOVED IT, Think it's my fave in the series so far. Highly recommend. On to the next!

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