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This is a "bonus feature" book. It's a tale (within a tale (within a tale)) told by Roland while he and the ka-tet take shelter from a storm immediately after Book 4: Wizard and Glass.
The first problem is that this rambling tale brings the overall series to a grinding halt, and it's really not that consequential. It's more like a deleted scene from that second DVD that comes with a movie you really love. It's something to pass the time if you really like the series, but I imagine a casual fan would find it pretty tedious.
The second problem is that Stephen King's narration doesn't fit the book. I happen to like Stephen King's narration when it's one of his "everyman" stories like "Bag of Bones" or "Needful Things." Here, it's a bad fit, kind of like Woody Allen reading the Lord of the Rings.
Finally, the last thirty minutes or so of the audiobook is a preview of "Doctor Sleep", the sequel to "The Shining." This is worth the price of the audiobook. Stephen King is up to top form, and his narration is spot-on. Because of the sneak peak, I left this mediocre audiobook exhilarated, and looking forward to readling the whole thing in 2013.
Well, like the other fans, a return to our beloved characters in the Dark Tower ... even though we were dropped into another story within a story, it was still an adventure and seems to fit nicely into the other Dark Tower books.
Well, quite a few memorable moments, but the main characters are not part of the main story (within the story) ... yet I enjoyed seeing more from the evil wizard as he continued to manipulate even inside the embedded stories.
His ON Writing is an excellent book for any aspiring author or even for those who would like to know more about King's background and writing career.
Yes, the adventure kept the reader (listener) continually craving more ..
The book was a 'slight' disappointment only because I wanted more dark tower 'meat' like beams, wizard's rainbows, tricks by Marvin/Merlin/Flagg and encounters with Suze, Jake, Eddie, and Roland. Otherwise I did enjoy it , just wanted more main character adventure.
- still recommended by all Dark Tower fans. Not recommended for those who have not yet read the Dark Tower as it would not be as exciting to be introduced to a bunch of new characters who show up long enough to sit around while the gunslinger tells stories...
The story is great, and I love that it connects a few pieces of the puzzle together. However, I do wish I would have just read the book instead of listening to Stephen King narrate. He is my favorite writer, but he doesn't really act out any of the voices, or change the fluctuation of his voice much. He almost a little monotone, It's kind of hard to listen to.
A Dark Tower fan, I loved the tale within a tale within the tale. Stephen King paints dark but lovely pictures in words that tend to shock, amuse, and tantalize all at the same time. I don't usually enjoy his narration as much as others, but he did a wonderful job making the characters come alive in my imagination. Some of the references to events in the other parts of the Dark Tower series were difficult to "ken" because I listened to them several years ago, but overall it was complete novel without leaving you with loads of loose ends.
I'm in the process of reading through the Dark Tower books, so I read this after finishing Book 4. While I haven't read the last three books yet, I thought this book fit wonderfully after Wizard and Glass. W&G sorta frustrated me with the flashback that took me away from the characters that I loved for far too long. And although Wind Through the Keyhole is mainly about a character that we have never met before, this character and his journey completely captivated me. It's just a wonderful little story that drew me into the world of Roland and his ka-tet and had me excited to finish this awesome series.
Now, I've listened to the last 4 books and have completely fallen in love with Frank Muller's narration. It's hard for me to think of anyone doing a better Eddie or Susannah voice than him. So I was pretty upset to see that Stephen King was narrating and that most of the reviews pointed out that his narration was terrible.
But let it be known that Stephen King's narration is definitely not terrible. In fact, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The weakest parts are the few that include Roland's Ka-Tet. King doesn't even really try to differentiate the voices of these characters. Thankfully, these moments are short and only at the beginning and end of the book. When King takes on the story about Tim Ross, he has a lot of fun with it. Basically, if you don't come into the book expecting Frank Muller or George Guidall, you can still enjoy it quite a bit.
Screenwriter, director, parent, wife, AVID reader, and Audible addict.
Well..... I tried to like it. Tried really hard. But I kept waiting for the story to take hold-- to begin- in the sense that the previous Dark Tower installments had begun, sweeping me up into the lands and travels of Roland and the rest. It never happened. And while I'm open to meeting and falling in love with new characters, that didn't happen either. Roland and the Ka-Tet are relegated to side-bar listeners, and I'm sorry, Master King, the story that Roland tells here pales beside the stories we have already been fed. Like getting an artichoke for dinner... it tastes great, but...umm ..where's dinner?
I love Stephen King's writing. I love Stephen King's speaking voice. I do not love Stephen King reading his own fiction. While King managed a few brief vocal caricatures, no full vocal characters were delivered, and hello- it's an AUDIO BOOK.
Mr. King, PLEASE write more of Gilead. And serve it to us, with a reader who can do justice with his/her voice, to what you do so wonderfully with your thoughts and words.
Yes, you almost have to gather all of the nuances. Great plot within a plot within a plot...
Trying to remember which plot I was in.
Good fantasy. Ignited a fire for me to look for more stories with such engrossing crafting. I found Dune.
What a waste. King should have left the Dark Tower series alone. This revisiting of the story somewhere in the middle of the series is such a let down. And he should never be allowed to narrate a book on tape again. It's somewhere between boring and coma-inducing.
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I loved the narration, when listening to an audio book I prefer to have a narrator simply read the book to me. I don't want someone to make silly voices for different characters like I'm a toddler. Stephen King did a great job of reading his book without distracting tone inflections. The story was interesting enough, I never pass on a chance to go back through Mid-World