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Wizard and Glass: (The Dark Tower #4)(Revised Edition) Mass Market Paperback – October 7, 2003
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Frank Muller, the recognized virtuoso of audiobook narration (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption), takes on Stephen King's Goliath tale of sorcerers, time travelers, and sci-fi love. Totaling more than 27 hours and spanning 18 cassettes, Wizard and Glass requires the listener to love Muller's Hannibal Lecter-like voice--either that or suffer in audio hell for the equivalent of three full working days. While some might find his breathy staccatos irritating at best, others will find his voice the perfect accompaniment to King's creepy characters and nightmarish plots. (Running time: 27 hours, 18 cassettes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Frank Muller's reading of King's fourth book in a projected seven-part series (e.g., The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower, Bk. 3, Audio Reviews LJ 2/15/92) is effective in creating a suspenseful and fearful atmosphere. We find Roland, the knight errant/gunslinger, continuing his quest to attain the Dark Tower, the source of destructive forces in his Mid-World. A major portion of this work is a recounting by Roland of his ill-fated love affair with Susan Delgado. The writing is expectedly imaginative, the story line engrossing, and the characters vivid. The listener is carried along through alternating Western, urban, and futuristic settings. The work stands on its own, incorporating a summary of Books 1-3, but will be better appreciated if listened to as part of the whole. Recommended for sf/fantasy collections and Stephen King fans.?Catherine Swenson, Norwich Univ. Lib., Northfield, Vt.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Generally I would say anyone or everyone would like this story, particularly in light of all the great stuff that lead up to this book 4. Still, this is book 4, so it does "help" to start with book 1. Also you get more out of this if you have at least explored some of our own history, music, places, basically life. References to all these thing (music quite a bit) all make this a better story... if know the reference. If not, still good, just better if you do. You all do know who ZZ Top is and their song Velcro Fly... right?
Also I believe you have to either read this as just light, pre-movie fluff or (as I recommend) a true classic foundation of science fiction that crosses the various genres and strikes deep philosophical cords in the meaning of our lives, place that technology holds on or with us, the matter of cause and effect of our actions or of others and many more deeper meanings.
Basically a whole new story beginning on page 171 and culminating on page 928 in my softback printing (last page of the DT4 storyline is 1010 followed by the afterword). This "sidetrip" down memory lane takes a while to develop and the reader's attention is drawn away from the group to another place and group of people. In the side story, Roland is a teenager but is already showing the the judgment, tenacity, and patience of an adult along with the skills of a gunslinger. He also falls in love with Susan. It took this reader a while to get into the story but the plot thickens and becomes interesting. Notice the idea of "beams" which provide direction for the DT group in both DT3 DT4: the concept of beams across the sky was used by the author in the book 11/22/63.
The DT4 book is up to the usual Stephen King standards which is to say an"A" though some predictable plot turns. While a distraction from the goal of the DarkTower, it provides more depth to Roland' character. And the reader maybe can begin to accept the DT series as 'life as a journey" rather than the destination i.e. the Dark Tower. And maybe Roland can find closure.
Roland recounts his youth one evening by the camp fire. His drawn three Susannah, Eddie, Jake plus the billy bumbler Oy are his rapt audience. The story of Susan Delgado and Roland’s youth is like a book within a book and could easily stand on its own. Roland is a newly crowned gunslinger at age 14 and he’s sent away by his father (along with his two best friends Cuthbert and Alain) to the safety of a small village in the west. When the trio arrives they find treachery brewing and Roland finds his first love, the beautiful Susan. Roland is introduced to the Dark Tower via a magic pink glass ball and his quest begins.
The loss that Roland suffers at his young age definitely helps shape him into the man he becomes.
I've read this series multiple times; this is truthfully my least favorite of the road to the tower and I love it still.
There are lots of different types of readers out there. I'm one of those for whom a great book is an escape. This particular series is one that I wrap around myself like a warm blanket. It's cozy and warm and familiar (but by no means safe).
I say thankee, sai King. For you have unwittingly provided a safe harbor. Aye, so it is.