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Publisher's Summary

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

In this fourth volume, Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake survive Blaine the Mono's final crash, only to find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, one that has been ravaged by the superflu virus. While following the deserted I-70 toward a distant glass palace, Roland recounts a story about a seaside town called Hambry, where he fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado, and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of John Farson, the harrier who - with a little help from a seeing sphere called Maerlyn's Grapefruit - ignited Mid-World's final war.

©1997, 2003 Stephen King (P)1998, 2003 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Blazing action." ( Booklist)
"As compelling as ever." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"King at his most ebullient sweeps readers up in swells of passion." ( Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Dark Tower IV

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My favorite of the series so far!

Wonderful story and another masterful performance by Frank Muller. It will be strange to continue without Frank's voice, but the tower waits got no one.

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He truly is...The King!!

I listened to this story and loved it. Cried a little a certain key moments. Never have I thought that the Dark Tower series would be this good. Stephen King is a master of the writing art and Frank Muller is the Master reader. Thank you to both for this grreat story!!

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good book and good narrator, but there was an echo the whole way through. it wasnt too terrible but definitely annoying

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Ka! like the wind

the story was phenomenal, characters were well developed, and the scenes captivated my emotions, what a ride!

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Although Popular

I believe this is my least favourite DT book. its fascinating to see into The Gunslingers past, but it feels slightly cliche and very teen. its teens in love, which is usually passionate, but it feels somewhat overblown and unrealistic.

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Terrible

Laughably bad. Full of errors and inconsistencies. I have a theory that Stephen King did not write the majority of this book, that his wife did. It reads like the sad wish fulfillment of an overweight, insecure, lonely girl, writing about what she wished her life was like. Susan Delgado's ridiculous character goes from gushy pom pom girl to independent free thinking woman and back again as the plot goes on. Every exciting part of the book is marred by cringeworthy lines of dialogue and blatant plagiarism. And to top it all off, Stephen King comes in in the end with an awful afterword to spoil major plot points in the rest of this saga. I'm shaking my head in disgust and disbelief. I look forward to the fifth book as I know it far surpasses this one. Frank Muller is amazing though, best voice in the business.

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Best installment of the series so far.

Although it's long, there was never a dull moment. Riveting story by King, and masterful characterization by Frank Muller!

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A must read for king fans!

Loved this book! My favorite so far in the series and I've been obsessed with the dark tower since i started it.

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Slow story made better by great narration

Not my favorite book in the series by a long shot, however the fantastic narration made up for it and kept me well engaged throughout the listen

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Amazing 4th

This entire series is fantastic! This 4th book ties the first three together oh so well! Many of your unanswered questions from the first, three will be answered in this book! I was moved many many times as I listened! Highly recommended !

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  • Russ
  • 2016-08-26

Frank Muller is the best Audible narrator!!!!

I'm now halfway through Kings dark Tower series, which I think is the best work he's done. I have to add add that my enjoyment of this remarkable story -- with its wide array of characters, plot lines, environments, moods and literary & cultural references -- has been incredibly enriched by the dramatic range and richness Frank Muller's voice and his phenomenal ability to become John Wayne, an African-American prostitute, a gravel-voiced gunslinger, a frightened young boy, a vengeful maiden aunt, a cynical New York junkie or a young woman in love. His impressions of very different well-known people are dead-on, and he can even sing well when called for. He is not only believable in all the roles he plays, but his emotional intelligence adds to the heights and depths of the roller-coaster ride that King takes us on. I will seriously consider buying any book that he narrates; he's that good!!

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  • Stevi Dougherty
  • 2016-08-25

Flashback of brilliance

I am not a huge fan of flashbacks, especially long ones, but man.. This book was absolutely incredible! It might be my favorite of the series so far, which is saying a lot. I look forward to the next 4 books in the series which I am going to start reading in about 5 minutes!

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  • james
  • 2017-10-05

The best of the first 4 books in the series

This recording gets an overall 4 stars because of the quality of the recording. It should be better. This book deserves better. There is a constant static in the background, and a chapter repeats itself towards the end. The story is great. The narrator is great. More attention to detail would have been great.

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  • Zack S.
  • 2016-08-18

I love this series, and this book!

Roland as a young man, more please. this is by far my favorite literary work. 5th time through the series and it has lost nothing for me.

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  • Keith
  • 2016-05-05

Surprise Prequel is Unsurprising Solid-ish

Frank Muller is amazing. I really don't know what else to say. His preformence kept me engaged despite the often slow pacing of the book. The story fits nicely into the seires and covers a lot of ground but it's needlessly detailed at times; creating frustration (i.e. "Get on with it!") instead of anticipation.

I love the world Steven King has created in the dark tower series so I'll stand true and remember the face of my father... But I do hope the next book doesn't feel like a trudg fest.

I would and will recommend this book and series regardless of my griping.

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  • TexasGirl
  • 2016-11-02

Such a great book

I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a fanatic of Stephen Kings books. Though I've read a lot of his work and hardly let myself deviate from this book or any other of his books in the series once I purchased one. That said, this statement speaks to my review that this book is absolutely spectacular. Stephen Kings use of his imagination has been awing in this series so far. I yet again am more than excited to read or listen to the next book of his series. What surprised me about the book was how much emotion it made me feel when he wrote about the characters. The story was touching, thrilling and not without an aspect of wonder in it. I highly recommend that you read this book.

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  • Elijah K.
  • 2016-11-02

great but version has error

there is a skipping issue towards the end. quite annoying, but great addition to series.

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  • Monique L.
  • 2016-10-31

cannot....will not stop

This series of novels from King has changed my desire to read. I wish I started years ago, almost regret not doing so.

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  • Jeremy kouse
  • 2016-05-14

Great book

this was an excellent book like all Stephen King books. I can't wait to read the next book in this series

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  • AlphisNumberOneFan
  • 2016-06-21

perfect

excellent and addictive. I love listening to these stories. glad Steven King wrote this series

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