Extended Audio Sample

Download The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla Audiobook, by Stephen King Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.35615384615385 out of 54.35615384615385 out of 54.35615384615385 out of 54.35615384615385 out of 54.35615384615385 out of 5 4.36 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dark Tower Series Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780743561693
Regular Price: $44.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland's world; and Oy, the Billy Bumbler.
In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town the rocky ground rises towards the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.
As Father Callahan tells the ka-tet the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the Calla folken both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough. Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_000467

Quotes & Awards

  • LOCUS Wolves of the Calla is one of the strongest entries yet in what will surely be a master storyteller's magnum opus.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle One gets the feeling that this colossal story means a lot to King, that he's telling it because he has to....he's giving "The Dark Tower" everything he's got.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer The man can spin a yarn, and a great one at that.
  • People The master of the macabre....[King] is still quite the entertainer
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement.
  • The Kansas City Star It works because King, despite his long resume, keeps insisting on surprising himself and, in so doing, surprising us.
  • The Denver Post Brilliant in technique and ability...Feed your head! Now dig in, 'cause King's latest in this seven-course banquet...is a lip-smacking, brain-filling repast.
  • Bangor Daily News "The Dark Tower" is King's masterpiece....Wolves of the Calla succeeds as a standalone work.
  • Publishers Weekly The high suspense and extensive character development here...plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his "Constant Readers" in awe.
  • The New York Times Book Review [A] hypnotic blend of suspense and sentimentality...sprawling, eventful tale of demons, monsters, narrow escapes and magic portals.
  • Wolves of the Calla is one of the strongest entries yet in what will surely be a master storyteller’s magnum opus.”

    Locus

  • “The high suspense and extensive character development here (especially concerning Jake's coming-of-age), plus the enormity of King’s ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his ‘Constant Readers’ in awe.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans will delight not only in King’s continued gleeful intertwining of multiple genres but perhaps most of all in the return of ’Salem’s Lot’s Father Callahan…an essential addition to any library’s King collection.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2003 Bram Stoker Award Nominee
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2004 Locus Award Nominee
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chap | 4/13/2016

    " The Wolves of the Calla, written by Stephen King and narrated by George Guidall is the fith book in the Gun Slinger series. This is Mr. King's Opus Magnum and many of his other books owe it's origin to this masterpiece. Start at book number one (the gunslinger) and listen or read them all. It is fantastic and well worth the time. George Guidall is a fantastic narrator of this book. After completion of the fith book in the series the characters in the book have become well developed and at this point it is natural to have a favorite. Mine is Eddie Dean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany (chunkymonkey8) | 2/2/2014

    " This one is my favorite of the series thus far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/28/2014

    " The fifth book in King's Dark Tower series sends the reader back to Roland's Midworld as he and the ka-tet strive to reach the dark land of Thunderclap and, hopefully, the Dark Tower. In a series that has shown a really interesting shift between genres, King surprises once again with a bizarre mixing of Old West gunfighter stories and post-apocalyptic sci-fi with influence from Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai". Continues to be a very interesting series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irina Ursache | 1/24/2014

    " This seems to be the last book of the series where Stephen King actually made a clear-headed effort to describe the adventures of Roland and his ka-tet. Farther than this everything truly feels like fluff and borders on the brink of absurdity and lazy writing. I would honestly recommend that people stop at this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew Bryant | 1/20/2014

    " This book killed the series for me... in fact.. I never finished the Dark Tower series because of it. It dragged on and on, added nothing to the story and took hundreds of pages for anything of note to happen. The best came from a short cameo appearance from another famous Stephen King novel. I've heard good things about the last few books, but just couldn't make myself do it after reading Wolves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew O | 1/18/2014

    " I used to read a lot of Stephen King, but it's been several years since have read one of his books, and while the story was good at least 2/3rds of this book was filler, and now I remember why I moved on to other reading. His books tend to be very slow. I was pretty board though all but 3 parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/17/2014

    " Probably the best book in the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SweetPea | 1/16/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite in the Dark Tower series. While the story had interesting points, it didn't feel as compelling as some of the earlier installments. And I would have preferred that Stephen King hadn't inserted himself into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/29/2013

    " This has been the most entertaining book of The Dark Tower for me so far. It seems a little less muddled than the earlier books. I did find the pop culture references a bit forced but I appreciate what King is trying to do by tying his story to others, including his own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tjoel2 | 12/28/2013

    " Re-read for the second time March 2012 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricki | 12/10/2013

    " Did not remember anything of this book! Couldn't put it down....on to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Wallace | 8/8/2013

    " I have read everything Stephen King has written at least twice (he's my favorite living author), but The Stand and The Dark Tower series of books are my favorite of them all! Love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie Donovan | 4/8/2013

    " It's hard to call something other than "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" King's greatest work, so I will call it his most beautiful sonata, but call The Dark Tower Series the opus - the symphony. And I say this without hesitation, with 2 of the 7 left to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Myers | 2/10/2013

    " My favorite book in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjayan | 6/16/2012

    " We're well met, Sai Stephen King. Thankee Sai, Big Big..! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 5/24/2011

    " It was in the middle of book five that my brother-in-law looks over at me and announces "oh, is that the Dark Tower series? Where at the end ......" and he proceeded to tell me what the end of book seven entails. I could have killed him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kione | 5/17/2011

    " EFFIN COOL!!!
    Kinda slow but totally COOL! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 5/6/2011

    " This one may have been my favorite in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 4/24/2011

    " You are treading thin ice, Mr. King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maury | 4/22/2011

    " To be extremely pithy, I thoroughly enjoyed every single bit of this book. I had heard it was the weakest in the collection, but I guess I'm an oddball -- I think it's one of the best so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blair | 4/14/2011

    " I loved this story. I really like the Magnificent 7 even though it is a blatant rip off of The 7 Samurai. This is along the same vein. I love new and fun takes on old classics as long as they are done well and openly sighting their source. King does this masterfully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/8/2011

    " Also a little long, but an excellent book. Excellent series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 4/6/2011

    " This book isn't something I'm in a hurry to re-read. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.