Just Re-read Drawing Of The Three

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Dana Jean

Apr 11, 2006
Personally I prefer the audio versions Sai King read himself. I wish he would have done versions of all the DT books.
Totally agree with this. I love to listen to him read his work because then you know exactly how he meant it to sound when he wrote it. The sounds, the tone, the inflections -- you get it straight from the writer's mouth.


Ka 'n' stuff
Nov 7, 2011
Whoa whoa wait a minute. He did a reading himself?! Where can I find that?
I think Wind through the Keyhole is the only Dark Tower book he read himself. My comment meant any of SKs books that he reads himself are my favorite audios. Sorry for any confusion.
I was talking about books 1 - 3 as well, he was the original narrator on the NAL verions. I think they were only released in cassette format. If you look in the back of various paperbacks you can find the order form. I have been tempted many time to fill out the form and send it in with my check or money order just to see what they send me.

Always keep you eyes peeled in the second hand store and you may be surprised. I that is how I found my copies of DT1 and 2. I have longed for the The Waste Lands version for some time now.
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Mar 26, 2008
Northeast USA
Totally agree with this. I love to listen to him read his work because then you know exactly how he meant it to sound when he wrote it. The sounds, the tone, the inflections -- you get it straight from the writer's mouth.
It's funny that you say this because SK himself said that Frank Muller "speaks in the voices that are in my head" and he actually listened to all 4 of the books Muller did before writing Wolves of the Calla to reabsorb himself into that world. Pretty high praise considering it's his magnum opus. But hey, to each their own, you like what you like! :)
say, sorry - but what did Roland think to call the airport security checks? I must re-read, I found that most funny.
pg 68
"-if that was the prisoner was able to correctly perform a ritual unknown to the gunslinger (and a world as strange as this must of necessity have many strange rituals); it was called Clearing the Customs"
pg 75
"...only now I think they know what is really wrong. They know he's going to try to profane the ritual"

Sunlight Gardener

Well-Known Member
Jul 22, 2013
Whoa whoa wait a minute. He did a reading himself?! Where can I find that?
He does tons of audiobook readings if that is what you meant. I have him doing Needful Things, Lunch at the Gotham Cafe, 1408, In the Death room, It Grows on You, and a few more I can't remember right now. He actually does it really well and his delivery of the humorous parts especially cracks me up.
Jul 10, 2006
Puget Sound
I'm on my 6th or 7th? journey to the Tower with Roland and his tet. I read it the first three times, then after that I listened to the audiobooks. For some reason, this story seems to grow another layer of magic when you hear it read expertly.
Anyhow... I started listening to Drawing of the Three today driving home from work. The Gunslinger ended about half way home. I changed over to DotT at the next red light. I immediately got chills and was lost in the story. I noticed I was getting close to home and decided to keep driving on past my apartment building because I didn't want to stop listening. I am so sprung it's not even funny. Dad-da-chick.
I miss Jake again. At least this time I know he'll be back. The first time I read the Gunslinger, I hated Roland for that and I cried and cried, all the other times I just cried. Ake
Of the seven, The Drawing of the Three is my absolute favorite. Next in line is the original, and often I have to debate which I like best. They are so different in tone, it is like comparing apples and oranges. It is like trying to explain that Alien and Aliens are very different types of movies even if it is the same universe and same, ongoing story. To me the first book seems almost like literary fiction but with a real story, an actual engine in it that makes it go. We don't like Roland but we are drawn to him and care about what happens. I think everything that happens in The Drawing of the Three, the entire series in fact, pivots on our visceral reaction to the monster Roland was becoming and his betrayal in the first book. I've often debated with myself if I would enjoy The Drawing of the Three as much if I had started the series right there. There is enough in the book itself to give you the backstory of course, but I'm not certain that would have been enough emotional investment in Roland. I need to understand his obsession and dislike him (at least as much as he does himself) to truly go forward.

Roland's trip to the Tower, this one in any case, is a long, suffering road where he is reaching for redemption. However, I submit it isn't a cosmic redemption he is working towards or from some sin or arrogance in the past. The suffering in this specific cycle comes from that first betrayal, when he made the conscious choice to sacrifice an innocent. He has looked too long into the abyss and the second book brings the payback. Having read some of King's commentary on the writing of the first book, how he felt about Roland himself and what transpired, and so on, I can't help but think that Sai King also felt or channeled that metaphysical pound (hell, one hundred pounds) of flesh in retribution. I'm pretty certain had I just picked up in the second book and been told about the betrayal without experiencing it firsthand, that I would have felt different emotions watching him suffer.
Jul 10, 2006
Puget Sound
This is really a great story. It hasn't changed LOL. I'm at the part where Eddie and Roland are shooting it out with the mob. Poor naked Eddie. Poor headless Henry. Poor sick Roland. Man talk about drama.
An aside thing, every time I read the DT I keep seeing things that call me back to the story, like today a man bought a Johnny Cash record and I thought of Henry. I swear this story is a brain worm. I've got 5 more to go too. Oh, six counting Wind Through the Keyhole! Yay!
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