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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2305)
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    (2104)
    Story
    (2085)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A Blast from the Past"
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    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story within a story style was great, and I can imagine listening to the story of Tim Stoutheart over and over.


    What other book might you compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The big reveal at the climax of Tim's story. Won't say more, don't want to spoil it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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 :)

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