LOVED this story! What a great addition to the saga. Fills in some of Roland's back story and gives you a tale inside a tale.
Being back in the Dark Tower universe/Life of Roland.
Not listened before
When the starkblast had hit and wiped out the swamp people.
The author should not have narrated this story, I am a BIG King fan, but this gun slinger story left a lot to be desired. Very disappointed.
I have read all of Kings works so I'll move on to other things i will keep looking.
King is a great story teller in print but should stay away from the narrations.
The story is alright if you havn't read all the other gunslinger stories.
This reader would not recommend this story.
First thing I would change is the narration. Steve, baby, boobie, you aren't a narrator. I can distinctly tell that for one of the voices you are just plugging your nose. Stephen King is a mastermind of storytelling.... on paper, he's not a narrator. I don't know who told him he was a good narrator, but they lied. There are actual people out there that do that for a living. Let them.
This book is like 3 different stories, one within another within another. Roland is telling Jake, Eddie and Susannah a story, and in that story he tells a young boy a story. I was most interested in the middle story which involves Roland and Jamie De Curry as young men shortly after Mejis, even though the bulk of the book is the innermost story he is telling the young boy. Jamie seems like a great character and I would have loved for this book to have been about them on some world-wind adventure.
It was a simple who-dun-it. Nothing too exciting.
Unfortunately, since I love his books, I will be forced to listen to him if he decides to read them.
Yes. I'm a big Stephen King fan.
If you love King, you will end up reading this or listening to it. I would suggest reading it as King does not do a good job as the narrator.
All of Stephen King's latest novels keep the pace and tempo, and The Wind Through the Keyhole is no exception. It is hard to disconnect from the audiobook, which is a good thing if you're working out while listening but not if you're at the end of your commute to work.
As a Narrator Stephen King is not as talented as George Guidall but King certainly knows how to bring life to his own characters and the narration is top notch among authors reading their own work -- which says then a lot about the craftsmanship of Mr Guidall. I would definitely choose a Guidall narration over King's but it was also intriguing to hear the story through the author's own voice.
Even though the sequence puts this novel before the Dark Tower series, the book would not serve well to introduce the first time Dark Tower reader to the series. It is well constructed as a stand-alone novel but seems to be written to the audience who has already had the Dark Tower experience. It fills in information that was part of the back story to the Dark Tower, and may answers some questions that might have been left in the mind of anyone who read the Dark Tower and spent the effort to think about the young gunslinger and his life before the journey across the wasteland.
For anyone who desired to see a little glimpse, a smattering more of the world at the end of the golden age of Gilead, this is a must read (listen) addition to the Dark Tower Series.
i would rank it not on the top maybe on the very bottom... it could have been great but when Stephen King narrates one of his books its just a cryin shame...
i dont know... i was too busy hating the narator...
I am not sure... i really want to listen to his new book coming in 2013 ... a sequal to the shinning but .. i cringe at the thought of Stephen King narrating his own book.. my 5 year old grandson could put more feeling in it..
honestly... its been a couple of months since i listened to it... i could tell you a tag line for all the gun slinger books but the story in this book was absolutly lost in the inability to show any kind of emotion... or distinguishing one characters voice from another...
I dont regret listening to the book but i will end my comments begging Stephen King to have pity on his loyal reader and shell out the money for George Guidall or anyone else but himself to narrate the audio books.. if he ever gets another narrator to to re-narrate Wind through the Keyhole.. i will pay to listen to it again... it would be worth it...
As for as print vs audio, print was easier to get into
Tim in the dogan, and of course Roland
Tim Again, the new dogan, and puzzle to get in was a high point
While Kings narriations was hard to get used to, Once I got used to it, It didnt bother me and I fell in completly and was an amazing story
Although the book starts off with Roland as he is in the Dark Tower Series it moves to when he was a young kid.
If the book had remained with Roland as an older gentleman I would have had to agree that Stephen King as a narrator would have been terrible. HOWEVER, Stephen King does a great job as Roland as a younger man. Do not believe all the bad comments about the narration as its not as bad as they say.
The story was good, but it only has a faint relation to the Dark Tower Series. Its actually a story within a story within a story.
Its still a good listen and I enjoyed considerably.
Pretty much at the top of all audio books
the comraderie of the group making their way to the tower.
When the boy lets the tiger out of the cage
mysteriuos journey through many ages
Great addition to the origianl series