I've been a Stephen King fan for years. This one did NOTHING for me. I realize it's only the first in a series; I haven't yet read/heard any of the others. I'm hoping the storyline improves.
An Avid Reader
Like a few of the less-than-enchanted reviewers here, I was looking forward to such a well-regarded book. I tried to get into it, but it was too desolate and depressing. None of the characters gave me a reason to care what happened with them. After realizing that I was beginning to lose my will to live, I stopped listening. Just not my cup of tea.
Let me start by saying I love this narrator and have listened to many other books he has read, so this review is not at all about the narrator.
As for the writer and the book subject, I'm glad this book was on sale because I feel cheated out of my money. What garbage - King is way too weird for me. This will be my last King book. The next time I feel the urge to buy a King story, I hope I come back and read this review so I can talk myself out of it!
Not sure if it was the reading or just the story line, this book stunk. I looked forward to reading (listening to) the entire dark tower series, but after part 1 I just cant go on. I wasnt able to finish this book so I cant imagine where the rest of the series is going to be that interesting.
Stephen King is an amazing author: when he's good he's great and when he's bad, he's awful. Gunslinger is Stephen King at his worst. It's pointless, plotless and overwritten. In the Gunslinger, Stephen King never met an adjective he didn't like. Like so many successful authors, it seems no one is willing to edit him. He never uses 1 word when 50 or 150 will do. And it all adds up to an embarrassingly adolescent climax where third rate metaphysics is proclaimed. While Stephen King's authorial strength lies in his unabashed developmental arrest at the age of 12, sometimes it doesn't work in his favor. "From a Buick 8" didn't have a point, but it was wonderfully written so it didn't matter. Stephen King has never written a book that doesn't disappoint at the climax, but the Gunslinger has nothing to offer and delivers even less.
Its a little over the top but a good tale nonetheless. The production of the audiobook was fine. Good pulp fiction.
I found the narrater of this book very distracting, bordering on annoying. His voice was just too grating to listing to easily, and his portrayal of the female or child's voice was almost always with a whining and mewling cast to them. Love Stephan King, and this book series, did not enjoy this listen!
All the characters are dead, literally, and wander about like lost souls whose fragmented thoughts comprise the "story" (if you can call it a story).
Such a waste of time and money.
I bought this audiobook because my teenaged son enjoys action/fantasy/science fiction books. We couldn't enjoy this one, though. It stinks - with a putrid, rotty stench that makes your stomach turn and cramp until you wish you were dead ... That's just my imitation of the style of writing found in this book. We turned it off after about 40 minutes, when the subject being described in agonizing detail was urine.