This story was written by King way back in the 80's. It's one of his best, and introduces Roland Deschaine, the Gunslinger. Roland tells tales of his life to Jake, a boy from our world, whom he meets in the desert and decides to take along with him on his quest for Martin, "the man in black." It's set in our post-apocalyptic world, or another world just like ours that co-exists where time has 'moved on.' Like I said, it's one of his best! Well worth the credit!
Ever since I listened to this book I've been hooked on the Dark Tower series. It's a great story and is read very well by George Guidall. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good adventure.
I listened to this nonstop for two days and finished it. Was simply amazing. I listened to it again on the way back from South Carolina with my girlfriend. She loved it as well.
The narrator couldn't be better. The story is so full of detail about the gunslinger world and every character is brought alive in the fullest possible way by the narrator.
I am on book 2 and listened to just a brief minute of it and cannot understand why they switched narrators when Frank Muller is so amazing already. I cannot wait til the later books when he comes back to read. It seems sort of jarring to get used to the gunslinger sounding a certain way and then to change it.
Nevertheless I am totally hooked to this series right now and you should definitely check it out!
As boring as this book was, when compared to King's others, I really enjoyed it. I actually can't wait to start the second one now. This series definitely has potential...
This is actually only the second Stephen King book I've read/listened to, but with the depth of planning and the universe he's weaving in this first book of the Dark Tower series, I'm dying to listen to the rest. The best I can say is it is a splendid hybrid of chivalric intentions and western gunslingers - the world is extraordinarily explained through King's story mechanisms and brings about a weird psuedo-familiarity with genre that keeps you engaged and pondering what actually is happening the whole time. Flawed heroes, dark choices and the hero's unswerving devotion to his cause brings forth a adventure you can't wait to unveil throughout the reading.
This is a great introduction into the world of The Dark Tower series. I have tried to start this series before, but had little time to read it. I finished the audio book in two sittings and was ready for more. I bought the remainder of the series and can't wait to resume the story!
If you have ever thought about reading or listening to this series, just do it. This first book was my least favorite of them, but it started something that I don't want to end. As I am reviewing this, I am halfway through the 6th book and am so glad that I decided to give it a try; it is easily one of my favorite book series.
If you can make it through this book you are in for a great ride. An all time great epic with a poor start.
Be patient and read the 2nd book before you give up.