Wonderful start to a long and very interesting series. Nice characters, nice setup, a definite classic, if you've never read the Dark Tower series, once you listen to this book, you will finish the other 6.
This series is not a normal Stephen King tale. The story of Roland is an apocalyptic tale will have you hooked after the first chapter. A wonderful story by an excellent author.
Having read almost a dozen of Stephen King's novels, I expected this book to be great and was looking forward to the series as a whole. Also, friend of mine from school recommended it years ago. However, after plowing through all eight hours of "The Gunslinger," I must say that I feel like I have been duped. With all the convoluted flashbacks and flashforwards, I could not keep up with what was going on and when it was supposed to be happening. I give the book two stars instead of one solely because I felt like Stephen King built an excellent tone and sense of reality to the Gunslinger's otherwise surrealistic world. Still, this does not make up for the glacial speed at which this confusing plot moves.
I bought this book in a hurry just before going on vacation because of the author's name and it showed up on one of the top ten lists. I tried listening to it with my wife and was very displeased. It is a very very bad book. Dark, very dark. I tried to quit listening but my wife made me finish it with her thinking it would pick up. It didn't. Neither one of us understood the book. The ending was even worse as it didn't seem to have one. All I can say is there goes about 8 hours we'll never get back. I would not buy this book unless you already know about the Dark Tower series and understand what you are in for.
This story is very difficult to follow and sooner or later it totally beat me down. The pompously verbose prose is senseless and inane. The story should have been compacted into a 10 page short story. There just isn't enough story or character development to interest the reader/listener at any level.
The Gunslinger's pursuit of the "Man in Black" is the main story line, which itself is quite boring. The ultimate encounter with the man in black, and the revelations, prove to be a total letdown.
The only glimmer of hope is halfway through the story, the Gunslinger meets a boy. Through the course of their travels, a relationship develops. At this point the story almost seems as if it will lead somewhere, but eventually even that story line absolutely crashes.
I guess this is supposed to be part of the Dark Tower series and the pursuit thereof, which is where this one ends. Frankly I don't care if the Gunslinger finds it, or what happens if he does. I just couldn't stand anymore!!
The first book in the series is by far the best. This story should stand alone without the rest of the series. Also, the narrator does a magnificent job of telling this story. You could not have picked a better artist to tell this tale.
This is an excellent series so far. I am currently on the second book of the series, and it is holding my attention. I have never read Stephen King before and I find that even though this is not a horror, it is written by a dark hand. This is definitely a unique book.
I really like this book and can't wait to continu the series. Steven King did an excelent job and I really feel like I'm there when Roland suffers from heat exaustion.
I have never read Stephen King before, but found myself instantly hooked and desparate to find out what happens to Roland next. Currently, I'm on the third book in this series and wish I had more time to listen. Another review mentioned that this book is slow. I've noticed when people say a movie or book is slow, it is generally because it includes a lot of character development. Once you feel like you know the character, every little bit of the book is interesting. If you feel the book is starting out slow, please, please give it a chance.
Very beautifully written but very abstract, if you like poetic stories with no strong ties to a logical progression of a plot you will love this book, if you require a stronger driven story with plot easier to grab on to this may not be to you.