I think Mr. King was playing with a great idea here. It was simply a struggle to get through this book and in the end I hated the main character. I actually attempted to read several years ago and stopped with 10 pages to go...I simply didn't care what happened to the gunslinger.
After some heavy encouragement by a friend, I muscled through this book a second time. Still didn't like it, however, the payoff I am seeing in the books that follow make it worth while.
Essentially The Gunslinger is your price of admission to the amusement park that is the Dark Tower series.
A plot that can be followed
something by Lee Child
He was great BUT he needed an understandable tale to narrate
the writing was brilliant, the words ,just, flowed but there was nowhere to flow to. King's writing kept you turning the pages BUT, the next page was as disappointing as the last.
No real story , tale, substance. a well written boring novel
I love the fact that there is constantly something more to understand. It always maintains it's mystery.
Roland's voice is awesome.
Best book ever!
Roland, so genuine, so real.
The beginning, the ending... Excellence!
Stephen King is the master of his art and George Guidall is the master of his. Just let yourself go to this new world and enjoy.
When I first started to enjoy reading books as a teenager, Stephen King was often my choice. I have read nearly every book he has written over the years. I have many favorites out of his many books, but it has always been The Dark Tower series that I've been most excited about. Since this first book, I always couldn't wait for the next in the series. I would have dreams about Roland and his friends at night after reading. These books are what got me into reading fantasy books, and they will always be my favorites.
After reading the series more than a few times, they were of course some of the first I downloaded as audiobooks. Listening to them only brought new joy to each book. I highly recommend The Dark Tower Books.
The first time I tried to read this I just wasn't in the mindset and couldn't do it; I tried twice more. Then I listened to it and was immediately intrigued! I listened to the next six books in the series and enjoyed every minute of it and both narrators [Frank Muller is missed!]. Get this book!
I have to admit at the outset that this is one of my favorite series... but it didn't start out that way. I loved The Gunslinger; he's such a flawed yet redeemable character. (And I'm so sorry that Clint Eastwood isn't young enough to play him in the inevitable movie; I can't imagine that anyone else could do him justice.)
This book gives you a glimpse of who he is, but it isn't until the fourth book that you really get the back story. I took a break after the 3rd book; I didn't like the way it wound down. It took a while to start the fourth. But I was glad I did, it's a good one. The sixth (Song of Susannah) is also a bit slow, but necessary and interesting (and short).
I didn't really appreciate the series until I had completely finished the last book - especially the Epilogue. The series as a whole is beautifully constructed and has a very interesting premise.
About the narrators, I love George Guidall and had a hard time when it switched to Frank Mueller. But Mueller is a wonderful narrator, just with a different style. And he does (used to do) a lot of audio for King's novels. (He does The Talisman, which is one of my favorites.) He was injured in an accident and can no longer perform.
Anyway, I truly recommend this one. Even if the book isn't your cup of tea, the narration is incredible and makes it enjoyable. If you liked this one at all, give the second one a try and meet Eddie and Susannah before you decide.
Best I ever read and I can't even put into words how much I enjoy The Gunslinger and all the rest of the Dark Tower books. I'm beginning them all over again; this is my second time around. I love them so I go slowly through them because I don't want to miss Anything! Thank You Stephen King.
Downloaded this one on a whim and I was blown away. "The Fall of Camelot" meets "Mad Max" meets a metaphysical mind-f***. Gritty, disturbing, atmospheric, action-packed, and awesome.
the way only Master King can tell it. I've read the entire series three times, and when I finally joined the world of audiobooks, this series was at the top of my list. The narrator brings the story to life, and what a story it is. The series fully unfolds the lives of many, and the world moves on throughout. Roland & Co. will leave you wanting more, and thankfully, there's a LOT more after this one! Buy it - it will NOT disappoint!