I expected the darkness but was surprised at the character development. I did find it a challenge sometimes to follow the progress of the story.
I have read the second book and will complete the series.
George Guidall is one of my top five favorite narrators, he manages to inhabit characters and I always feel he is invested in the story, not just telling it.
Since this is part of a series and King has such a huge fan base, I think it would be a challenge much like trying to put Gabaldon on the screen. But I do think it would be a great TV miniseries.
I was pleasantly surprised by King, my experience of him had only been the movies of
The Shining and Carrie. While this is a dark fantasy with about the amount of violence I expected, I did become involved in wanting to know what would happen next and how the relationships would resolve. I listened to 11-22-63 between the first and second books and loved that so I have added King to my list of authors to search when I'm ready for something new.
The Gunslinger is in the top 10 audiobooks I have listened to.
Roland was the ultimate Knight after his time has gone.
He was very clear and placed the inflections where they should be in each sentence as King intended.
Jake he was an instantly likable character ... You knew he was going to die, but you still didn't want it to happen.
If ever you wondered how good Stephen King is as an Author, Start here and believe me, you will continue til Roland reaches the Dark Tower and then you will want to live it with him again...... and again.
I love to listening to George Guidall
It left me wanting to know more. Of course there are several more installments to come.
It's shorter by comparison but this is just the beginning of the story.
In Search of the Devil
I greatly need to hear the next installment. Can't wait to get it.
Different persons reading each part maybe
the storyline. i just didn't like it
just his voice
i still love stephen kings books though this one is just not one i liked
I took a chance and purchased The Gunslinger after listening to 11-22-63 and Under the Dome (both excellent!). I was not drawn into the story line or the characters of The Gunslinger. The writing is very good, but the story was just never grabbed me. I listened to about 80% of the story but was so bored I just gave up without making it to the end.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
Good vs evil and all that confuses in both... Some of Mr. King's writing is palatable to everyone. Some is not. This might not be your favorite, but it will get under your skin and you will get it. George Guidall gives color, smoke and mirrors to the story; I just enjoy listening to his voice. I couldn't stop listening, it was worth every minute.
George Guidall's wonderful performance really sold the gunslinger's emotion.
The framing of the first chapter was really fun.
This is a truly Epic series. I've read them all as they came out and reread them back to back when the 7th was released. Having them read to you just brings the story alive. Its worth every penny and every minute listening. Its a bit of a shock having George Guidall read book one then Frank Muller read 2,3 and 4 Then back to George Guidall for 5,6 and 7 but both do an excellent job.
i love the audible rendition because it helps me to visualize all the characters.
this is a great Stephen King novel, but not his best work
This book was great! I've now listened to a few more in the series and the narrator is better in other books but Guidall is ok here. King can be confusing, especially when starting a new story because it is a bit like trying to define a dark room by putting your hands out so you need to pay attention. Once you've discovered the boundaries, the setting, the time frame and other essentials the story begins to carry you along. It's a great listen and opening to this series!