Yes I would listen to it again. I crave every little tidbit of info on middle world and this book has new and juicy specifics that aren't in any of the other Tower books.
Tim's trip along the beam during the Starkblast.
Gunslingers are made, not born.
An adequate story.
Mr. King's motone and drag lisp really detract from the story
Reissue please with a professional reader
Yes. I loved the story and the characters -- and I enjoyed how he described the surroundings. It felt magical to me. I know people are dissapointed in the narration, but we have to lose our expectations and just enjoy the story. I remember being completely po'd when George started narrating because to me nobody compares to Frank..and George did not do the character voices very good in my opinion.So just love the story, because it is marvelous. And Mr. King is a brilliant story teller.I'm still waiting for another Dark Tower book...but one that picks up where the last one left off.
Absolutely. The story within a story style was great, and I can imagine listening to the story of Tim Stoutheart over and over.
The other 7 books of the Dark Tower (Obviously), but mostly The Eyes of the Dragon. It has a similar feel and construction, and would even work as a stand-alone 'fairy' tale if you take the time to explain some of the specifics to a younger reader.
The big reveal at the climax of Tim's story. Won't say more, don't want to spoil it.
Yes. I listened to this on a drive for work and found myself having several 'Driveway' moments where I sat in the car and listened long after I arrived at my destination for the day.
I can understand the dislike of Stephen King's narration, but for me it was wonderful. I had the original 3 Dark Tower books on cassette tape back in the early 90's, and I wore out a set listening to them over and over. King always prefaced the tapes by reminding the listener that he wasn't 'a trained narrator', but that he felt one could gain a perspective on the story by having it read by its author. I agree completely. This book, On Writing, Bag of Bones, Blood & Smoke, even the bits of Hearts in Atlantis and Rose Madder that he reads have been among my favorites for years. Nothing against Guidell and Muller; they are fine narrators in their own right. But King is a personal favorite, and I for one wish that he would take me through the rest of Mid-World with his own take on the text :)
I liked the story within a story. I probably would call this book 4.5 more like 4.1.
It has less to do with the current situation in midworld and more about Rolands past.
While it was fun, especially the Wind in Through the Keyhole story that Roland tells, it just didn't feel relevant to the whole series overall. This would have been really good as one of the graphic novels that are currently ongoing.
As for Stephens narration, it wasn't awful but it was flat. I miss the feel that the other narrators gave to it.
Like others have said, it may be work actually buying the book. The only cool thing this has over the book is a chapter from the Shining sequel at the end.
If you like King you'll enjoy this, especially if you are a Dark Tower fan.
Middle of the path of the beam ("road").
I'm with the rest of the reviews, although not as bad. I thought King did an average job of narration. I don't know why "a professional" did not do it, bit I was a little disappointed.
The book takes place in Mid-world, but it's hardly a deep story travelling with the Ka-tet we are all friends with. The book truly does stand on it's own, which is good, but I didn't lose myself in the story as I did with the other books in the series. I think because it's an introduction to all these new characters that I don't have a history with.
There's about 40 minutes of "advertisements" (previews of other books) at the end of the book. I hate that. It wouldn't have changed my buying of the book, but that's not mentioned anywhere in the description. If they are going to do it, make it another file I can chose not to download,
It was good for what it was. A story within a story within a story.
He is a very flat reader. I never felt like he was portraying the character's emotions properly. If you have listened to a good narrator then you almost cringe when listening to King read.
It could be followed up with another book. It would be interesting to learn more about the young boy's life outside of his small town.
Overall it wasn't a bad story. Once it actually got to the main part of the book I enjoyed it a great deal. I could have done without the beginning with Roland and gang and just started this book from where the main story was knowing it was based in the Dark Tower universe. This could have been book 1.5 or 5.5. The placing of this book in a chronological place in reference to the main dark tower series is irrelevant really. He could have had Roland sitting by a camp fire at the end of book 1 and him just remembering this story and it would have been the same for me as spending an hour listening to Roland and the Katet make their way to a shelter and then having Roland tell the story. But then again I'm not an author. King does a good job and I'm a big fan.
Unlike many here, I got my start in the dark tower series on audio listening to Mr. King narrate the first 3 novels in the series. The change in narrator back then was extremely hard for me, although George does a great job, so to me listening to Wind through the Keyhole was like old home week! I enjoy hearing the author add in the inflection, personalities and pronunciation as he intended when writing the characters...even though he is not a "professional" voice, he does a credible job of distinguishing the characters.
I love the story within a story format and it was wonderful to have this visit with our old friends; Roland, Eddie, Suz, Jake and Oi.
I listened to Mr. King read the first three Dark Tower books and enjoy his performances. He retained the "voice" of the characters as I rememberd them for so long ago.
Nothing like a great audio book. Nothing worse than a bad book - audio or otherwise.
I don't understand why there is so much terrible reaction to King's reading of The Wind Through The Keyhole. I really liked the book, and am a big fan of the series. Maybe it's just me, but I really like to listen to Stephen King read his books, and I think his reading of this was very good. I love George Guidell's work too, by the way. Anyway, that's my humble opinion. I sincerely hope that there are many more returns to The Dark Tower series!
Let's get this out of the way right up front. Stephen King's narration does NOT ruin the book. In fact he might be the only person who can pull off following the legendary performances of the previous narrators.
It's not as action driven as all the other volumes of the Dark Tower series and that might initially turn some people off to this gem. I found it to be a welcome return to the land of the Beam. It's really a story within a story within the story.... as confusing as that sounds it's really not.
It has some beautiful word play beyond the language of the Gunslinger series and I found one passage in particular quite nice.
‘Time is a keyhole, he thought as he looked up at the stars. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do – the wind that blows through the keyhole – is the breath of all the living universe.’
Now that is King at the top of his craft in my opinion. Let's hope the Mr. King has many more intricate "little" Dark Tower stories. I for one cannot wait, say thankee sai.