If you aren't ready to commit to King's Dark Tower series (I admit, I haven't read the last two books), but like King's style and stories, this is a great read. If you are curious about the series, this book will give you a feel for the main characters, who appear at the beginning and end of the story. But you will mainly get a great story about a boy, his mother, a bad magician, a good magician...a heroic tale of a boy who faces his fears and failings. Well-read, well-paced.
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.
A side story to the Tower series but a good one.. or two as the case may be.
Kings narration is no Guidall or Muller =(. You will miss their voices but it was not long in the story and I got used to it. No where near as painful as Game of Thrones books 4 and 5.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Don't start here. You need to listen to the first 4 Dark Tower books first. I've said it before, they are some of the greatest works of fiction that has ever been written. So, purchase "The Gunslinger" and start there. You'll not regret it.
Now, about this book:
I didn't like that Stephen King did the narration. I normally like hearing the man speak. I've listened to "On Writing" at least 4 times (maybe more... I lost count over the years) and I love that book. I also have watched a lot of his interviews, and there are a few short stories he's read himself that I liked. However, it was a bad decision for him to read this one. It's not a horrible narration, but I'm so used to hearing George Guidall or Frank Muller that hearing King read it made it hard to get into this one. After a few hours I did start getting into it and the story was good enough that it hardly mattered who's voice was reading it.
I really did like the story ( or rather, the stories). It's not the best in this series, but after so many years it was awesome to hear another Gunslinger tale.
Equal to the book. I usually switch back and forth in order to get the best experience
I love his narrations of his own books. I look for them.
I absolutely enjoyed The Dark Tower Series.....I was really disappointed when I had listened to all of the books, wondering "okay, now what do I listen too!?" Days later I came across The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower 4.5 it helped me get through my Dark Tower withdrawals. Stephen King is amazing as usual. Listen to books 1 - 7 then listen to this story "4.5". If you start with it you could stumble on it's meaning.
I liked hearing about what happened to Roland Dechain, once he returned home from Mejis. It was important character information that was left out between books 4 and 5.
It took me some time to accept Stephen Kings storytelling style. He is not, at all, good at changing voices from one character to another and it even sounded as if he was plugging his nose for one character. Because I was so interested in the story I was finally able to get past his poor narration. He is a MUCH better writer than a narrator.