"The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed." I'm hooked from the very first sentence. Who is the man in black? Surely an evil man.
Who is the gunslinger? Is he good? Why is he following the man in black? Will he catch him? What happens if the gunslinger catches him?
This book has some jaw dropping, frightening images as the gunslinger guns down an entire town. Travels through the belly of a mountain with mutant foes. You also learn of the gunslinger's coming of age, the moment he becomes a man. You learn what kind of man he is. You learn that the gunslinger is the last of his kind. A lonely knight searching for the holy grail after all the others have died, gone insane or simply gave up. An obsessed man hunting for his great white whale. A stubborn man in search of what is known as the dark tower.
The dark tower is a nexus connection point of all time and space, and possibly at the top of the tower resides God. Is this a story of a one man's redemption? The gunslinger lives in a worn out world that is nearing it's death. Is he a savior seeking to save his damned world?
Many possibilities... This book sets up an epic tale. You learn of the gunslinger, his world and what drives him. You learn more of the dark tower and the very high price the gunslinger is willing to pay to obtain it.
No matter how the story ends. One thing is for sure, you are in for an incredible ride.
Make the character a little less like Clint Eastwood's recurring gunslinger rolls. I was waiting for the music from
I think Mr King is one of the most gifted authors of our time, but this book was truly bizarre. A lot of words but storyline and plot not well developed at this point.
I like Mr. Guidall's performance. Have enjoyed other stories read by him.
I have yet to decide on the purchase of the sequel.
I expected more since this is a series & I love George Guidell as a reader. Just didn't seem to hold my interest and was anxious to be done with it. I won't be listening to the other books.
Wasn't that interesting to me.
I'm a long time devotee of "The Dark Tower" series. This is my first foray into enjoying the story in an audio format. It is as enjoyable in audio as it is in text. Guidall does a fantastic job of voicing various characters. Hearing the story allowed me to take in more narrative detail that I have in previous readings.
This edition is the unabridged version of the text that King release shortly after the conclusion of the series. It is not as ethereal as the edition I read through out high school and college. Having read the series, the initiated reader will find many narrative threads that connect to events/characters/ideas that pop up down the road.
This is a brilliant beginning to a grand tale.
I hope the next book is as good as everyone states because I was very disapointed and confused by the first book.
The story line was just too far out for me and I like fantasy.
No, this was my first.
Guidall's narration is always good.
Yes I would. The narrator has done a superb job on the reading of this book and gives it character which would help anyone to get into the story if they have not read or heard it before.
I myself would say it would be hard to compare this book to others. This book by Stephen King is not much at all like any of his others. It is a truly outstanding story and the rest of the story only gets better.
I have not heard any of George Guidall's readings before this. Based on how well his reading is for this book, I would consider listening to more of his reading.
This is one of the few books that has really caught my attention. I have read it and reread it several times. The story is one that you can lose yourself in with its variety.
Give this book a try. I do not think you will be disappointed. It is a great start to the Dark Tower series.
George Guidall is one of the great book readers. I've listened to many of his reads, often only because he was the one reading it. He, like Scott Brick, is one of those people I could listen to for hours. And often do!
This is great King, and well worth a listen.
Overall, I would say that this series is best meant for fans of Stephen King, not as much for the general populace of audiobook listeners. I was not a fan of King, and I would now say I am still not. In fact, I would not recommend this series after finishing the last book. I did not want to write a written review of each book until I finished them all and this turned out to be a good idea.
The first book to me was good but difficult to follow. New vocabulary used which is not alway explained well, and a story line that seemed constructed in pieces. It was good enough for me to go on to book two and I did find out that the difficult to follow sections of the book are explained again and in better detail. So you don't have to listen to the book again before moving on to book two.
This book seemed more Sci-Fi in genre with a fantasy component. Written well with interesting characters. Narration was subpar. Almost a deal breaker for moving forward.
All in all, get this book if you love Stephen King. If you don't like King's style, you will become disappointed by about book five in the series. A tough position to be in, too far along to quit the series but too boring to continue on. I decided to finish. I still don't know if that was the right decision.
I love this series; this is by far one of king’s better works. From the first book to the last the worlds King creates are amazing. It has an old west feel deep in a post apocalypse world. His charters really come to life with great development.