As the summary of the book states, it's a rare look into the secretive workings of the world's largest retailer. If you've ever shopped at Wal-Mart, as you undoubtedly have, this book is a must. It tells the story of the store's humble beginnings to it's present day effect over global economy, for better or worse.
The first book in an epic series, it takes off to a rather slow start as you are first introduced to Roland, last of the Gunslingers, wandering across his world, which has moved on. The book takes on a surreal feeling as though Stephen King doesn't exactly know which direction he's taking the story, merely free writing the entire title. For this reason, I give it a three star rating, as it is rather uninspiring to listen to it on it's own. However, should you continue to follow the story of the Gunslinger over the next several books, you'll realize the connections King has initiated with this book to the later titles, and come to appreciate it. In all, if you're willing to commit to the series and purchase all the books, you'll enjoy this title. If you're reaching out of your normal genre for something new, I would recommend purchasing books one and two together, as the second book is where the story really begins to shine and come together.
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