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Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
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Jan 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobook, dark-tower, fantasy, horror, vampires, 2011, multi-dimensional, mystery-and-thrillers, religion-y, reviewed, owned
Read 2 times. Last read January 22, 2011 to January 25, 2011.

For a long time, this was my favorite book of the series. I love it, the way it just ratchets up the tension, bit by bit, and how we get to know these people, this town and the horror that they have lived with every generation for over 100 years.

This is where the series really becomes amazing. I love Drawing of the Three and The Wastelands, but Wolves of the Calla takes these characters that we've had several books' worth of time to get used to and shows us each of them in a different light.

I love how gentle Roland can be, and is, when he's dealing with the Calla kids. I love how hard Jake is when he learns a secret that could tear a friendship and a family and a community apart. I love how ruthless Eddie is when he stands to protect the weak. These people are no longer just characters that think they could be gunslingers one day, they ARE Gunslingers. They all, each on their own, prove that, and the way they do gives me shivers.

I love progression of the story in this one, and how the threads are all starting to come together. You might think that this is a little late in the game, for things to only start coming together in book 5 of a 7 book series, but believe me, the journey here is as important as where we're going, if not more so. It's the journey, and the traveling companions, that I love more than anything.

I listened to the audio of this book again, and this one was read by George Guidall. In some ways, I preferred his reading to Frank Muller's, but in many others, I thought it was inferior.

I loved, LOVED, Guidall's Roland. I'm not sure just how to explain it, but rather than making Roland sound like Christian Bale's Batman voice, he sounds mature, strong and sure. He sounds like Roland. I always thought that Muller's Roland was a bit too growlly and drawly. But Guidall's was damn near perfect.

Unfortunately, it was quite the opposite with Eddie. Muller's Eddie was perfect. The way Eddie (through Frank) said "Rolund" was perfect, his Brooklyn accent (to my ears anyway) was perfect. Guidall's Eddie sounded like... Joe Pesci almost. High-pitched, nasally, annoying. I got used to it as I went along, but I found myself missing Muller's Eddie. A lot.

Susannah and Jake were OK. I thought that they sounded a bit too similar, and Callahan a little too elderly and feeble, but I can live with those. I did quite like the Calla accents though, especially Rosalita. He voiced her quite differently than I heard her (although I never really gave her much accent in my head, she was just kind of Generic Side-Character Female Voice), but I thought Guidall did pretty well with her accent.

Overall, I thought that Guidell did a good job, but if I could have Guidell's Roland and Muller's Eddie, I could die happy. :)
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Reading Progress

July 29, 2008 – Shelved (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
July 30, 2008 – Shelved as: dyst... (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
July 30, 2008 – Shelved as: horror (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
July 31, 2008 – Shelved as: owned (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
August 1, 2008 – Shelved as: mult... (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
August 16, 2008 – Shelved as: dark... (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
November 24, 2008 – Shelved as: fantasy (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
January 15, 2009 – Shelved as: apoc... (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
December 31, 2009 – Shelved as: favo... (Mass Market Paperback Edition)
January 22, 2011 – Started Reading
January 22, 2011 – Shelved
January 22, 2011 – Shelved as: audiobook
January 22, 2011 – Shelved as: dark-tower
January 22, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
January 22, 2011 – Shelved as: horror
January 22, 2011 – Shelved as: vampires
January 22, 2011 –
page 1
0.14% "Audiobookin' it. :)"
January 22, 2011 –
page 19
2.66% "Lot 298, Block #19"
January 22, 2011 –
January 22, 2011 –
January 23, 2011 –
January 23, 2011 –
72.0% "Awesome Sunday - Knitting and listening to King. :)"
January 24, 2011 –
January 24, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
January 24, 2011 – Shelved as: multi-dimensional
January 24, 2011 – Shelved as: mystery-and-thrillers
January 24, 2011 – Shelved as: religion-y
January 24, 2011 – Shelved as: reviewed
January 25, 2011 – Finished Reading
June 9, 2014 – Shelved as: owned
July 10, 2015 – Shelved as: pre-gr (Mass Market Paperback Edition)

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Bondama Becky - no doubt about it, this IS my favorite book of the entire series. All of the people who live in Calla Bryn Sturgis, and the Mannites - they're all so REAL!! I think King reached the ultimate best of his writing in this book.

Becky I think, like with the Harry Potter series, that the last book has taken over as my favorite. So many losses in both, but they are just so good.

Oddly enough, in both, the 5th book had long been my favorite and is still #2 for me. Weird how that happens, huh?

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