I would change the narration, who ever was directing this production should be fired. I used to listen to Stephen King read the Dark Tower, Drawing of the three, and Wastelands, on tape. All were well read and entertaining, but this one lead much to be desired. I don't think it's Stephen's fault, again fire the director, he/she didn't do their job.
Re-visiting Roland's world.
He was poorly directed, many things could have been improved.
I don't think that this book would lend it self well to a movie.
I would not recommend this audio production to anyone. (Unless you're a die hard fan like me, and can look past the performance.)
SK did an ok job reading, he did not do voices for Rolend and the Ka-Tet, but he did do voices, some not bad, for the storys within the stories. Over all his preformance was amature, and next time i hope he uses a profesional. The story was good, i realy likes the story with in the story within the story, no doubt the best story, the other two were good, and i found the concept of a "Stark Blast" interestingly creepy. A good addition to the DT series, and i hope he does more.
As I said in the title of this review, I finished this story in one day. I was filled with a nervous excitement at the prospect of a new Dark Tower book, I just couldn't see how King was going to fit a book in between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. To my great relife he didn't try. While this book starts off after the ka tet has left the Green Palace, the story itself is a tale of Roland's youth mixed in with a really cool fairy tale, slightly reminiscent of King's first fairy tale effort, Eyes of the Dragon.
I was pleased and relieved that this wasn't any longer of a tale, nor did it try to place any new aspects of the Dark Tower series within it. Not that you need to hear it from me, but nice work Mr. King.
Not one of the better books of the DarK Tower series but entertaining nonetheless.
Stephen King should have picked someone else to narrator this audio. Would have gave this a four in overall if it would have been narrated by some else.
I choose this book because I am a fan of the Dark Tower. Filled in some holes in the story
Please SK don't read any more books
Typical King Imagination
Roland in his youth, the story added more to the character you met in earlier books.
His lisp made it difficult to listen to. Could only take it in short bursts. He does not have the ability to change his voice to make the different characters sound individual. He really should have paid someone else to do the narration. Don't know if I could ever buy another of his books that he performs in.
Yes, I wanted to but couldn't do to the narration.
Please, Mr. King, get someone else to narrate the next book, especially if it is one of the Dark Tower novels.
This is thoroughly a Dark Tower story, and so I'm willing forgive King for returning to the allegedly finished setting. That said, it's easily the weakest. It's very short, for a Dark Tower novel, and spends so much time on the framing device and the fairy tale in the center that there's very little meat to the story. What is set up as a great mystery like Wolves of the Calla is instead resolved like an episode of a TV show, lasting only a single day in-story.
King's narration isn't quite as pleasing as many of the professional readers, but was perfectly fine. It was interesting to hear how he pronounced various proper names in the series.
The fairy tale that takes up the middle hours of the book is really quite good.
I'd see a movie of the fairy tale. The actual story about going to Debarria would be more like an episode of a TV show.
Perhaps it's because it's been a few years since I read the main series, but the dialect used in the story strikes me as an attempt to imitate William Faulkner more than anything else. Its inconsistencies (characters can't seem to make up their minds on they should say "thee" versus "you," for example) and tendency to change common words ("anyway" becomes "anyroe," etc.) can be a big jarring and break the immersion that it was no doubt intended to foster.
I'm beginning to develop a love/hate relationship with Mr. King. He is the master of story and character development, which makes his writing so enjoyable. Where King is lacking is in the endgame. The the tail end of a book (or series), more often than not, he runs off on a strange tangent or just jams too much into too few pages.
The Wind Through the Keyhole, unfortunately, is not one his good stories...it's bad through and through. This is a collection of three short stories, with only a thread of plot stringing them together. It has no place in the Dark Tower series. I would replace our beloved main characters with new ones, remove all references to Mid World, and edit the title to exclude "The Dark Tower."
On a related note, I remember in book 4 there being graffiti saying "All hail the Crimson King" or something like that. When one of the characters asks who that is, Roland gives the impression he never heard of the guy. The story "The Wind Through the Keyhole," as told to Roland by his mother, references the Crimson King on multiple occasions. Where's the continuity?
Perhaps I would listen to another book by Stephen King, but I'm running out of old stuff. Things have felt stale since Wolves of the Calla (yes, yes...I struggle with books 6 and 7) and the last few titles I have read by him have been difficult to finish.
Yes and No. Mr. King is not a bad performer, I enjoyed his reading of Needful Things. It is nice getting the Author's pronunciation of peoples' names and places. Also, you get a feel for what is important in the storyline.The problem with his reading of anything TDT is that there have been two incredible narrators before him. Mr. King will never match the performance of George Guidall or Frank Muller and should leave all Dark Tower readings to them.
The only redeeming quality of this book is that the story was only (a very long ) 10 hours and ended.
Another redeeming quality is that King does not include, in this a set of short stories, a struggle with alcoholism. I'm growing extremely tired of this being the main theme his writing.
Skip this book, you're missing nothing. While you're at it, skip Dr. Sleep.
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From the moment my father explained to me that there is space, quite a bit of it, in between walls, I learned to not let my imagination travel down certain roads.And, to continue the thought, once I read Stephen King I wasn’t as frightened as I thought I would be … since my ‘under mind’ (in Dark Tower speech, meaning unconscious) had already traveled down those roads. What a surprise to find out it was worth a little fear to read such suspenseful stories. Character isn’t just three dimensional, it’s Whole in King’s writing. And no more so than in the seemingly endless Dark Tower stories, which now include a total of eight volumes. (In case you want a list to compare, here they are in the order the author suggests they be read:
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
That order is found in a forward by the author in “The Wind Through the Keyhole” which is the last book he wrote in the Dark Tower cycle. In his words it should be shelved between Dark Tower 4 and 5.) The wonderful thing about TWTTK, is that it really CAN be enjoyed all by itself. There is enough “pre-story” told to catch the reader up to who the characters are. So, to get the flavor of the Dark Tower series, this book is the one to read. If you like it well enough, it may be all you need to choose to read the rest of the Dark Tower Series. Being a story within a story within a story, this is especially well suited to those who are ‘storiophiles’. That is to say, people who are bound by stories like a junkie to his junk. Good stories, of course. Having read the entire series several times, I have to say I get especially excited when I get to this volume because the story within the story within the story is so artfully done. After Frank Muller’s amazing narration of the first 4 volumes, it was a little hard for me to get used to Stephen King narrating (yes, the same, the author reads this volume himself!) his narration is plenty correct, flows well, and I found within a short time I am lost in the book and have forgotten there has ever been another narrator for the series. While Stephen King does not have the ever-spooky pacing and tone that Frank Muller had which could make a perfectly sweet lullaby sound like death bells, the truth is, for the story within a story within a story, it only makes SENSE that the story writer should, himself read it. To those who have complained, whined and otherwise bedraggled the fact that Sie King reads his own book, I would answer with “Yar. And could any of you have read it better?” I couldn’t and my narration abilities are very good. There is a difference between good narration and acting-narration. That is all that is different. Though, for those of you who insist, I am certain Stephen King actually plugs his nose for one character somewhere around the middle of the beginning of the book.So, there is your "acting narration" if you must have it. The book itself is a fantastical tale that is worth not just one read, but several. And if you’ve read the original 7 volumes and loved them, I would encourage you NOT to give this a pass. It’s pure Stephen King and it adds to Roland’s back-story as well as illustrating the beginnings of his wildly romantic (albeit practical) nature.I would like to thank Stephen King in this review, for reading the book himself. It is the only thing I have that is read by him. Can anyone claim anything else, other than occasional quotes from some speech? This is going to be collector's status, take my word for it.
Not sure, but I think a lot of people might actually enjoy it.
I did like hearing a little more about the time Rolands ka-tet spent traveling, but I wanted more of their story and less of the story within the story.
This book for me really didn't stand up to the quality of the other books of the series.