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Wolves of the Calla

Dark Tower V
Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
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Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland's world; and Oy, the Billy Bumbler.

In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.

As Father Callahan tells the ka-tet the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the Calla folken both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough.

©2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the critics say

"Gonna be a humdinger of a fight! Fore and aft of the showdown, King stuffs the book with juice...One of the greatest cavalcades in popular fiction is back on track." (Booklist)
"The high suspense and extensive character development here...plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his 'Constant Readers' in awe." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good book

Loved it. Reader was clear and well spoken with s very good story. Appreciate everything.

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amazing

this was a great audiobook, one of my favorites.. great performance and wonderful story. highly recommend

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Great addition to the saga. Great action and twist

I felt this Dark Tower book was more linear than other ones but it was still a great story full of action and mysteries. I was wondering why the voice actor changed, but Stephen King mentions the reason at the end of the book. The performance was great although I did like Frank Muller's voice a bit better

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Wasn't sure I'd enjoy this but it was very good.

Stephen King is the master, and has been for many years. I started with him when Carrie came out, and now have almost his whole library on audiobook--partly because I ADORE Frank Muller's voice, and partly because I always wanted to read the Dark Tower series, but lost my sight in the early 90s.
Now, notice I said Frank Muller, but the narrator is George Guidall, as Frank had been injured in 2001, and died in 2008, so he was unable to complete The Dark tower series. I really wasn't sure if I'd be able to switch midstream from one beloved narrator to another. However, George delivered, and I've now finished the series.

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One step closer to the dark tower...

I loved Frank Mueller and wondered why he wasn’t doing the fifth book but King explains why in the afterword. George Guidall took a little getting use to but he definitely grew on me. I loved his Rosalita accent.

Between some chapters there was a long pause. Sometimes I thought the book stopped playing. Figure this has to do with how the book is laid out but it was odd! Didn’t take away from the story at all.

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Fantastic, even transitioning back to the first narrator.

This book was top notch. I’ve been listening to the dark tower novels for a year now and this is a great addition to the series.
The events in this book get your heart racing if you loved the multi-world travels that happened before.
This gets you really good if you like potential alternate reality scenarios.

My only negative is that it’s hard to discern the different old folk with this particular narrator. And that is all.

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I don’t think I’m at all ready to be done the series, but we are nearing the end.

With that being said, I know there is some content in addition the the seven books. Tales that are told around the time just before the start or around the start of the book. I’ll look forward to them, and you should too :) #Audible1

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  • Brad Marlowe
  • 2004-02-07

Frank Muller is Sorely Missed

I agree with an earlier reviewer who stated that the books in this series keep getting better. I found the first one, The Gunslinger, merely average, but am very glad that I stuck it out through books 2, 3, 4, and now 5. I feel fortunate that I came to the series late, in fact only when they emerged on audiobook, because I was able to emerse myself in the whole series to date - over the course of three month's listening. Frank Muller's narration felt a little over the top at first (in the Gunslinger) but I soon warmed to it, and then grew to love it. That must be why this volume, the first that was not voiced by Muller, felt lacking at first. The characters all spoke differently, of course, and that felt like the sequel to a great film in which a new lead actor replaces the one who made the role famous (Hannibal comes to mind), but by hour 6 or 7 - I was back onboard.

All and all - a great read.

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  • Aaron
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 2005-02-03

Frank Muller will be missed.

The long awaited fifth book of the Dark Tower doesn't disapoint from a story standpoint. The story continues right where the fourth book ends without skipping a beat. As in previous books there is plenty of crossover to other King novels as Father Callaghan from Salem's Lot makes his return in this adventure.

Where the disapointment lies for those of us that have followed the adventures of the Dark Tower and other related novels like The Talisman and Black House on audio is the loss of Frank Muller. George Guidall is mediocre at best and compared to Muller he is terrible. He isn't able to create the division in the different characters or bring the out the emotion of the story the way Muller could. His versions of Eddie and Susannah seem generic and uninteresting compared to the life and energy Muller put into them. Sad they couldn't find someone better to finish such an important story.

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  • Ronald
  • 2003-12-05

WOW!

I could not wait to start this fifth book, and I was not at all disappointed. The reader change was difficult to take at first, but I got used to him and enjoyed the story very much. At the end we learn why Mr. King was forced to change readers, it was very sad. I look forward to the last two books in this story with great antisipation.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel F. Webster
  • 2003-11-07

They just keep getting better!

This series just gets better as each page goes by! Stephen King has mingled a lifetime of previous stories into this series. I find that I've been pulled right along with these characters, on the journey to the Dark Tower - an ongoing saga about different whens and wheres, that crosses paths with King's immortal "The Stand". Perhaps King will change his mind and continue to grow this series for years to come. As I, you will not want this to ever end. Truly his best work - and what a mini-series for TV this would make!!

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  • Grant
  • NANTUCKET, MA, United States
  • 2013-03-10

Running on all cylinders

The Dark Tower Series has grabbed me and is holding my attention quite well at this point. I really care about the characters. I really want to walk along with them on their journey along the path of the beam. This story is right out of Peckinpaw and Kurasawa. With a King-like bent. I'm all in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2003-11-20

The Dark Tower Review - Part Five

<B><U>The Dark Tower: </B> Wolves of the Calla</U> opens with a prologue that introduces listeners to the folken of Calla Bryn Sturgis, people in need of ?hard calibers?; people in need of help from Gunslingers. The residents of the Calla are farmers and ranchers but as listeners quickly learn, they are themselves a crop of sorts, harvested every 20 odd years by the wolves. Roland and his band are engaged to put an end to the raids of the wolves forever.

The narrative elapsed time in <U>Wolves of the Calla</U> spans about the space of a month but it is packed with action, back story and tantalizing links to other worlds in Stephen King?s universe. One of the leaders of the Calla folken is a man called Pere Callahan. In a former life, he was known to a small New England town called Jerusalem?s Lot as Father Donald Callahan.

As the Gunslingers prepare to defend the Calla from the oncoming attack of the wolves, listeners learn more about what is going wrong at the Dark Tower and find new ways to travel between the worlds. We also see the true gunslingers in a maturing Eddie Dean and soon to be tested Jake Chambers. In addition, Susannah Dean is about to face her greatest trial. You will have to listen to the story to find out what happens?

George Guidall does a great job of reading this 5th volume of <B><U>The Dark Tower</U></B>. Listeners will definitely miss Frank Muller?s voice for the first hour or so, as Stephen King himself acknowledges in the Afterword, but Mr. Guidall is an excellent choice to take up this spectacular tale in Mr. Muller?s sad absence.

Must read Stephen King books that link directly to <U>Wolves of the Calla</U>: <U>Salem?s Lot</U> and <U>Hearts In Atlantis</U>, the second of which is available from audible.com. Other King books related to <B><U>The Dark Tower</U></B> include: <U>Eyes of the Dragon</U>, and <U>Insomnia</U>, to name but a couple.

Review continues, Summer 2004, with <U>Song of Susannah</U>?

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  • Patrick
  • Wind Gap, PA, USA
  • 2004-10-18

George Guidall is a poor replacement

The loss of Frank Muller's ability to ever professionally read for audio books hurt this audioseries more than I realized.

Guidall does Eddy's New York accented voice just horrible...and does Suzannah's voice only slightly better.

While the book in its actual print version is awesome, a gripping, entertaining read, the audio versions after Book IV are severely lacking under George Guidall's narration.

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  • Chris
  • las vegas, NC, USA
  • 2004-03-23

Frank, you are missed...

This reader is so frustrating! He could do a mcuh better job than he does. Eddie's voice is the most unfortunate. Its sounds exactly like ...Jakes. I start to enjoy the book, 'Eddie' speaks, and suddenly the world in my head disentegrates. God Stephen, I know you could have found a better reader.

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  • Amandamarie
  • thomaston, CT, USA
  • 2004-01-13

EXCELLENT!

ONE WORD......EXCELLENT!
I waited 8 or so years for this one and it was well worth the wait!!
King comes through once again with a great story and unforgettable interactions between the characters and their surroundings.
Kudos to the KING!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Edmond
  • Glendale, ca United States
  • 2004-10-04

George Guidall is not Frank Muller

The story line gets better and better but unfortunately George Guidall puts me to sleep. I keep missing Frank Muller's mastery which made the previous series so memorable. Overall, it's great.

29 of 36 people found this review helpful