Wow. Worth it!
Well, this is my first Stephen King novel and I am nothing less than completely satisfied.
The Gunslinger is a vague and atmospheric character that will hold your attention and help set the mood of the world he travels. His is a world of what seems to be a post-apocalyptic earth, but there are also traces of magic and the supernatural, a dusty and nostaligic dream world...it made me want water!
The story seems to wander a bit, it scatters and goes in different directions, takes on different moods and dilemmas, yet as the pages turned, I found the randomness gripping my attention and not letting go. It is like moving through a western movie set that had been abandoned and reinhabited with King's subconscious fragments...you'll love it! You are in good hands with this story and character.
I couldn't wait to get to the end. When I did, I realized it was, after all, only the beginning!
Can't wait to finish Book II...heard its even better!
I first read this book in high school and now with the release of books 4 and 5, I've gone back to begin the series again. It was just as good the second time!
I can't believe how much this version makes me want to reread the next three books. The new material whets the appetite for what is to come. Now I'm going to have to use 3 more credits on this series!
The only negative about this recording is that the reader does not have the vocal variety of an A+ storyteller. He's good, but not great. Even so, this is a great listen.
Stephen King's Dark Tower series is his finest work ever. Mr. King has a storytellers gift. If you are fan of his other work you will like this series.
I bought this book because it was recommended by someone who is normally spot on when comparing his taste to mine. I was skeptical more than halfway through the book because it doesn't really seem to be going anywhere.
There are slow, methodical descriptions of both the environment the story takes place in and of the characters in the story. I kept on reading despite how rambling it becomes at times because I'm looking for a payoff at some point.
I will confess that by the end of the book I am intrigued by where the story may go but wherever it goes you must know that this kind of story can only be done by a well-established author because it's was the most incomplete book 1 I've ever seen. Most authors can't do that because they never know if they can sell a complete series like this. Especially when so little story and character development takes place. They normally have to choose an ending that has SOME closure but which can still be continued at some point. This book doesn't come anywhere near closure.
Still, something about the last eighth of the book hooked me. I have to see where it goes next...
Before you read this, you should make sure you can stomach a book with a distant payoff which may be several volumes away.
A friend recommended the Dark Tower books a couple of years ago and loaned me the revised paperback edition. I read a ways into it and didn't care for it at all. After joining up with Audible, I downloaded the Gunslinger and still couldn't get into it. I had to literally FORCE myself to finish this short book. Sorry folks but this book must be "endured". The only thing that kept me going was the fact that book two (the Drawing of the Three) promised to be so good. I stuck it out and was glad I did. The rest of the series is fine. Think of that when you are searching for reasons to finish this literary stinker.
At first I thought it might be the narrator's fault but George narrates the last three books in this series and does a good job with them, so nope, the blame for this bomb rests squarely on SK's shoulders.
If you want to see what all the hype is about related to the Dark Tower series, you'll have to gut your way through this book on your journey. Just keep in mind that the books do get better. I mean, they certainly can't get much WORSE.
Random utterly disturbing things would creep up that really weren't necessary. I am scarred for life.
Well, I defiantly won't be picking up another Stephen King novel on a whim. That guy obviously has a sick mind.
It was lifeless. He didn't string the words or sentences together smoothy so it was awkward.
All of them!! There was not one redeeming character. In my opinion, this book should have been re-worked entirely.
Needless to say I deleted this book from my computer.
This was my first Stephen King listen. Maybe I should have started with something milder and worked my way up, but this was too far out there for my liking. It's doused with brilliance and copious with creative imagery and words but it simply goes too far beyond my relm of entertainment. I expected something a little bizarre, but I guess I'm not ready for what King has to serve up with this one.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
IS HE A BAD MAN?
If you look up my description of myself, you will see that I list King second on my list of favorite authors. I read this years ago, but did not get it. In several conversations lately when I mention I am a King fan, The Dark Tower Series is always brought up. Hoping maybe I was in some kind of funky mood when I read it the first time, I gave it another shot. King mentioned in an interview some years ago, that he did not know where this series would lead. That is the feeling I get when I listen to it, that it is going nowhere. The lack of structure is just something I have problems with. I could not make myself enjoy this.
I GUESS THAT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOUR STANDING.
Guidall is the father of narrators and he does a great job. If it was not for his talent, recorded books, may have taken longer to become popular.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
In the Dark Tower book 1 we are thrust into this future post apocalyptic world with a man name Roland. What is revealed in the beginning is simply that Roland is a "gun slinger" and is in pursuit of his enemy, "the man in black", who has lain obstacles in Roland's path for vengeance. This is a very dark fantasy world full of magic, mutants, demons, and many mysteries. You really need to pay attention in this book or you might get lost. The author skips around the main characters past and present and this transition may be one of those things harder to follow for the audio listener. The book starts off with very little information and the listener is forced to discover and come up with their own conclusions during the course of events. The listener is pulled along with an assortment of questions and although I found Roland's conflicts engaging for a time, I did start to get a little tired of the chase and ambiguousness of the story near the end. Questions like "what is the dark tower?" and "who is the man in black?" follow up with incomplete answers and bring up even more questions like those involving what encompasses the universe, creation of life, and God. Since we end with so many questions this book felt incomplete to me. I liked the narration and will consider getting the next book in a future sale.