Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wizard and Glass

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4)Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is really a 5-star book, and a personal favorite. This 4-star rating is for the audio edition.

Frank Muller is a good narrator and I've enjoyed journeying with Roland's ka-tet with Muller covering the story. His voices feel true for Roland, Susannah, Jake, and especially Eddie Dean. Even for Oy.

But I was disappointed when the tale took us back to Mejis. Here, Muller took an approach with the regional dialect that made all of the residents of Hambry sound like uneducated, ignorant, rubes. Some of them are, so they is, but not all of them.

I love the Western drama of the tale of Susan Delgado and Roland's youth. I'm often reminded of the tension from the movie Tombstone, where every move is like one in a game of chess. Like any wrong move will bring it all crashing down in a hail of bullets and gunsmoke.

Muller makes it sound like an episode of "Mama's Family".

Well, the story is still timeless and an all-time favorite, so it is. Ayyyye. So it is.

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