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The Dark Tower II

The Drawing of the Three
Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Frank Muller
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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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.

©1987 Stephen King (P)1998, 2003 Penguin Audio

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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Good story, poor sound quality

I loved the story but I had a problem with the recording quality itself. There is a consistant static in the background that cuts out every time they edited two recordings together. I didn't notice it in the car when I was driving but when I had headphones in it was very annoying. The performance was fantastic but who ever set up the recording booth must have goofed up.

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Great stuff!

the characters are fully fleshed out and the story is very special!
i would totally recommend it!

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Leaps better than Book 1

I have to admit I really struggled with the Gunslinger (I read it, I didn't do an audio book). Many people have told me that this series was great and after that first book I wasn't too interested. Well I finally gave this book a try and now I am completely invested in the series. So if you struggled with the first book like me, just stick with it, it gets so much more interesting.
The reader, Frank Muller, was great as well. A perfect voice for Roland.

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I can’t get enough!

I have read the Dark Tower series once. I’m now listening to the entire. It had been years since I have read this book and it is every bit as I remembered. It’s so much fun enjoying it in audiobook form.

Frank Muller is masterful.

#Audible1

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Not bad.

I thought the first was better but I still enjoyed it. I am going to listen to another book by a different author to cleanse my mental pallet then on to the next in the series.

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Edge of your seat thrill.

The reader was the perfect voice for the characters that he read. A + plus

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Oh devil's grass.

once you dive into this rabbit hole..... it's too late...... this series is our world's equivalent of devil grass. THANK YOU SO MUCH

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I am blown away!

Frank Muller is such a great narrator for this story! And what a story it is! This is such a different story from the first book and I fell in love with the characters faster than I could have imagined. I already have book three ready to go. Moving on now.

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One of king's best.

So good. Love the dark tower universe. King in his prime. Highly recommended for readers who love fantasy.

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Incredible

Absolutely loved it. King is a master storyteller that never fails to deliver. On to the next one.

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  • Megan
  • 2016-08-09

great book

I flew through this book. The narrator is different from the first book, but after the initial surprise I got over that and grew to like the narrator. He does a good job with the lady of shadows.

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  • Daniel
  • 2016-06-26

my favorite books revisited

love these books haven't read them in years really enjoying them again always picking up new things.

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  • timguitartaylor
  • 2017-05-07

The story was a little thin, but the narration!!!

If you could sum up The Drawing of the Three in three words, what would they be?

A bit cliched.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

Compared to the first book, this was a little thin on the story.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

Great narrator. Knew how to act, knew when to read, versus when to give a performance. His many voices make this work really well, though the story made me a little weary.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

Frank Muller was made for this sort of work. Sad that he was taken in such a tragic way.

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  • Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!
  • 2017-05-17

Great second volume

The content of this book is more enjoyable than the first. But, the narration is irritating. Muller puts a growl in his voice that doesn't add anything to the story. I'm looking forward to book 3.

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  • kavita
  • 2017-01-03

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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  • Peter Hardie
  • Ft Worth, TX United States
  • 2017-05-04

Not overly impressed

Let's start with the reader. Not everything has to end in a dramatic inflection. Roland bowels is not dramatic.
The story is contrived and designed for a Hollywood movie and he characters are extreme versions of real life. Detta walker fixates on gray meat little white candles every other thought and in a as trashy and cliched way as possible. Eddie is the quintessential New York persona. If the characters had been toned down a little and a little left to the imagination the story could have been made darker and more suspenseful. Instead you just find everyone annoying.
I'm not sure if I can get through the next book...
I may try

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  • Gail
  • 2017-05-16

Slow story to a crawl

I bought this book because of the good rating, but this book is not for me. I skipped the first book on the advise that the second book is better; I can't imagine how dragging the first book is.
The story line is interesting that's why I stuck to the end, but it could have been compressed in just a few hours. There was more yakking than plot development.

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  • Jacob Marcek
  • RAEFORD, NC, US
  • 2017-05-31

Much better than the first.

I read these books a long time ago, and the audible version of the first was deeply disappointing due to poor narration. however, Frank Muller does a much better job, and i enjoyed listening to Roland's quest over the beach.

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  • RJreads
  • Loveland, CO
  • 2017-04-22

Whew. Thank God

I love audible and enjoy most of Stephey Kings novels. This was tortuous. Could not finish and will request a refund.

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  • Shawn
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • 2017-06-13

A good entry

I enjoyed the story. It got a bit dull with the walking along the beach segments, but beyond that it's still a good quasifantasy epic!

26 of 29 people found this review helpful