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.
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.
I have never read Stephen King before, so I was anxious to hear this one. BAD, BAD, BAD. I didn't get through the book and stopped after 3:30 hours. I haven't stopped a book in over two years of hearing books on tape. The story line is slow, the characters are not very interesting, and I found myself switching to the radio often because I was falling asleep at the wheel. This book did nothing to awaken my imagination and my only wish was for the book to end.
It seemed like the whole purpose of this book was to set up another book in the series. There was really nothing interesting or even entertaining about this book. Spend your money elsewhere. This was the worst read out of anything I have listened to from audible.