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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba!

In this third volume, several months have passed, and Roland's two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Eddie Dean has given up heroin, and Odetta's two selves have joined, becoming the stronger and more balanced personality of Susannah Dean. But while battling The Pusher in 1977 New York, Roland altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers, a boy who - in Roland's world - has already died. Now Roland and Jake exist in different worlds, but they are joined by the same madness: the paradox of double memories.

Roland, Susannah, and Eddie must draw Jake into Mid-World and then follow the Path of the Beam all the way to the Dark Tower. Along the way our tet stumbles into the ruined city of Lud, and are caught between the warring gangs of the Pubes and the Grays. The only way out of Lud is to wake Blaine the Mono, an insane train that has a passion for riddling, and for suicidal journeys.

©1991, 2003 Stephen King (P)1998, 2003 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"The reigning King of American popular literature." ( Los Angeles Daily News)
"Enjoyable - whets the appetite for more." ( Bangor Daily News)
"Splendidly tense and rip-roaring." ( Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Dark Tower III

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That ending...

Thankfully the series is alread complete, or the ending would have been brutal. Great book though.

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Book 3 and still awesome.

Maybe one of the best series of books I have read or listened to, Stephen King always catches my interest and keeps it focused on these crazy world is mind visita...Truly, a King among authors!!!

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wonderful narration

thank you Frank Muller for an amazing story....Mr. king you've done it again. thank you

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Entrancing

easily one of my favoritea in the whole series . the city of lud and rhe xharayers theres are amazingly written and of course OY

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There are other worlds than these!

This was the book that caught my eye the most from my grandmother's dresser book stash (Rose Madder second). Having just finished the Harry Potter series I was left with a hole. HP was the first series I finished and it had went on for 70% of my existence. This was in 2007 and I am just now reading the Dark Tower now after my grandma's recommendation to wait.

I feel like this series is best experienced as a treat ; after exploring the many other worlds Stephen King has created for us. Or admittedly you could just Google the list of recommended books that go along with this series as they are referenced.

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A ride from start to finish.

If you loved the first two books of the series, you'll be happy to know that King continues to impress with his third installment of this strange, beautiful journey. I have completely fallen in love with the characters and their relationships. Stephen King does an incredible job of creating captivating villains that actually feel dangerous. Frank Muller narrates the story in a way that brings life to the characters and makes the listener feel immersive.

On to Book 4!

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Awesome book.

This is by far my favourite book so far. I look forward to listening to the other ones.
The only thing I have bad to say about it is I can hear someone talking in the background.
But the Narrators voice is for each characters really bring you into the story.

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Still great

No matter how many times I revisit, this story is fantastic! First time going through the Dark Tower series on audio - excellent performance.

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king at his best

love love love love so good love love love love love so good so good must listen, amazing reading

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Doesn't let go

of you have followed this this series up to here, hang on. Terrific story telling. Can't wait to hear more.

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  • james
  • 2017-09-19

Good narrator, good story, bad production

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

Yes, after warning them that the quality of the recording is not up to par with other recent audiobooks

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Tower III?

When Jake was kidnapped by Gasher and taken underground.

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

Gasher

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's too long for that

Any additional comments?

It is unfortunate that the recording features constant white noise in the background. Book II and Book IV also has this annoying distraction. The recording is pieced together in a distracting way. However, the story is good and the narrator is fantastic; otherwise, I would not keep going. At this point, I'm invested in this well above average book series.

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  • fernando lopez
  • 2016-07-30

Ok here we go

loved it !! you realy start to feel a strong attachment for the main characters and the development of the bad guys are takeing shape . can't wait to hear the next book.

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  • Alisa
  • 2016-04-28

Magnificent

This is my favorite of the Dark Tower books. Frank Muller at his best. I miss him so. I will probably get way more than my money's worth with this on for I will read it over and over in my many trips to the Dark Tower. Long days and pleasant nights.

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  • Christie D. Brown
  • 2016-08-03

Love!

I am Christie of Matthews, daughter of Chris. and this book made me remember the face of my fathers!

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  • Michael J. Luis
  • 2016-11-19

Draws you in and leaves you hanging

What did you love best about The Waste Lands?

I enjoyed the characters and the way King just draws you into his story. This was a fantastic followup to the Drawing of The Three. I did not like the ending in that it did not feel like a good conclusion, with the conclusion really being with the beginning of Wizard and Glass.

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

His voices and tone give an amazing energy to the characters of Eddie and Roland.

If you could take any character from The Waste Lands out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Susanna Dean. She just seems like an amazingly strong person.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 2016-08-10

Excellent Series

Would you listen to The Waste Lands again? Why?

This is a great book and great series. Very complex but once you get invested you have to listen!!

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  • Christopher Boucher
  • 2016-08-08

He's a great reader...

Though I'm not sure he captured Susannah very well, not that I could have done any better.

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  • Margie
  • 2016-11-26

Love This Series

So glad I decided to read this series. Can't wait to begin the next book.

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  • Michael Ferry
  • 2016-11-18

great!

Frank Muller is an excellent narrator for this story, and I'm glad he is narrating the next one!

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  • Jedimasterlenny
  • 2016-11-16

Frank Muller shines.

Where does The Waste Lands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say that this ranks in the top 10 easily. I have almost 100 titles in my audio library right now so I don't say that lightly.

What did you like best about this story?

Frank Muller. The story is astounding but his narration outshines even the intricate nuances of Stephen King's Midworld.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

His voices are so convincing and effortless. Even with as many characters as there are in this series, you could listen to Frank's performance with zero dialogue attribution and it would be entirely understandable.

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

I honestly can't say. It would spoil things which I do not intend to do for you. Pay close attention in the last "part" of the book - you'll be glad you did when you read the next one.

Any additional comments?

This book is a gem. The narration cements its place in my top 10 list.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2021-06-07

Great entry in the dark tower mythos

Blaine the Mono terrified me when I first read this book and he still does. Great entry into the mythos - obviously a bit frustrating to have the book end on a cliffhanger but at least the next book is already out.