Monday, August 27, 2018

Audiobook Review: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King (The Dark Tower # 2)

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Release Date: October 10th, 2003
Format: Audiobook narrated by Frank Mueller
Source: Audible
My Rating: 

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While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland, The Last Gunslinger, is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America. Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book, and I have a lot of trepidation about talking about this book. On the one hand I think I liked it much better than the first book The Gunslinger. The first book is really just an introduction and it's just about a dude walking around in the desert, this book gets more into the meat of the story and it's chock full of action. On the other hand, I feel like there is a lot problematic content in this book. Look, I get it that anything you like is going to be problematic in some way, but I really dislike the use of racial slurs, and it really bothered me about the use of the n-word in this book. I liked the plot in this book a lot, but that is one aspect about it that I just didn't enjoy, and I feel like I have to point that out before I go any further with this review.

I feel like this book's plot was just way more interesting than the first book. It really gets into the real weird that comes into this book. The story picks up immediately when our Gunslinger Roland takes control of the "prisoner" as he calls him, which is a junkie named Eddie. Eddie was such an interesting character to me. He is so raw and real in the fact that he knows he's messed up in his life. He is so unapologetically himself, and presents himself as he is, faults and all. It was really interesting to listen to him and Roland interact, because they couldn't be more different. There were times when I really had to laugh at bumbling Eddie trying to keep Roland from dying. When Odetta joins them things get really interesting, but I can't talk much about her without giving away spoilers. It is with her character that I have some issues with.

This book is so action-packed! So much stuff happens right off the bat. King takes the reader for a spin by sticking them into the drug trafficking world of the l980s, to the Civil Rights Era in the '60s, and back to the weird in-between place of Roland's world that has been forgotten. I really want to know more about the setting they are all in now. This is series, so I think we are going to get that as we go further, but I think I figured out some things about the Tower. I think "The Tower" might be a metaphor for getting clean of addiction. I know that Stephen King struggled with addiction, and I think that fact that Roland is traveling with an addict to this mysterious Tower is a big tell. There's even a line in the book that Roland might not make it to the tower but he has to try to get there. I think it was that line that really made me think that's what the tower is supposed to represent.

Like the first book in the series, I listened to the second book on audio. There was a different narrator for the second book, so I was a little disappointed because I liked the first book; however, I think Frank Mueller was great! He does some really great New York accents, and I didn't even hate his voice for Odetta! It's very hard for me to like male narrators female voices, because sometimes they are just comically bad. I didn't mind his. All the different accents, voices and just his general performance in this audiobook made me really listen to this audiobook pretty quickly.

I definitely want to continue this series, but I'm not sure yet if I will do the third one on audiobook. What do you think about this book?

Happy Reads Everyone!