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  • Song of Susannah

  • The Dark Tower VI
  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Song of Susannah

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: George Guidall
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Publisher's Summary

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

To give birth to her "chap", demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind.

Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope, with each other and with an alien environment, "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term.

Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him.

©2004 Stephen King (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the critics say

"There's something about a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion....The biggest cliffhanger of King's career." (Publishers Weekly)

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Poor suz

Like always, the dark tower series is captivating. George does a decent enough job of narrating but nothing compares to frank Mueller from 2,3,and 4.

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  • 2018-10-06

OMG! That is all I can say.

Loved it. Coming so close to end of such a long tale has a very unique feeling. One one hand I can't wait to hit play on the final chapter and on the other I don't know what will happen when it finally all ends. this was certainly a very unique book even among the DT series themselves.

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On the same track as the other books.

I guess so long as we're sticking with the ka-tet, I won't rate a DT book lower that the 4th, but many of the problems of the last books continue: too much filler, not a lot of story.

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Great story

Love the story hate the voices by the narrator too cartoonish and inconsistent. Too bad guy who did the first 3 books got in a car accident

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I really love the Dark Tower series, the King is so good a writer and George Guidall is a good reader. I preferred Frank Muller, he really got the spirit of the caracters!!

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  • 2021-10-09

Wonderful and did not disappoint.

I enjoyed the pace and substance of this last installment. Looking forward to the closing book.

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Guidall is no Muller

Guidall is no Muller. We all know Muller had Roland’s voice.
But it’ll do ya fine. Say true.

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Beloved story

Great book. the only issue i had with the performance was the very long pauses between the chapters.

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Jumped the shark

To explain why this book does not live up to the previous books in the series would be a spoiler alert so stop reading if you have not read the book

To place yourself as the writer in the actual story was way too Pirandello for my tastes. How meta meta post meta can we get? Kind of ruins everything that led up to that point.

Also Guidall is good but once you start with Frank Muller narrating anyone else just can’t live up to the task. Again - Guidall is fine but he is no Muller. Of course Muller had his accident so it’s very unfortunate. Also tough on Guidall to step in and be compared.

If not for King inserting himself this book lives up the series but his presence really turns this on its head.

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good story

Loved it. Didn't want to take the headset off. Dont want the story to end.

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