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The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I | [Stephen King]

The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.
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Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse, left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined, khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond...the Dark Tower.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

©1982 and 2003 Stephen King; (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant, fresh, and compelling...will leave you panting for more." (Booklist)
"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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    lmb 04-19-12
    lmb 04-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Start to the Series"

    I have heard many good things about Stephen King's Dark Tower series, and after finally listening to book one I now understand why. The story is compelling with the right mixture of action and character development. George Guidall does a great job of pacing the story and his performance adds to the already top notch story. After finishing "The Gunslinger" I can't wait to continue get into the next book.

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    Comp-U-Right Florida, U.S.A. 04-16-12
    Comp-U-Right Florida, U.S.A. 04-16-12
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    "Just like radio"
    Where does The Gunslinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gunslinger?

    When the Gunslinger read the boys mind and discovered he died.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the vocal tones of the emotional strain on characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Alternate worlds, time ,space, How the universe is fluid, changing, and the idea that time itself can be manipulated.


    Any additional comments?

    My only wish is that, there was more readers, real women to do parts.

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    ellen milton, GA, United States 04-11-12
    ellen milton, GA, United States 04-11-12
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    "the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    really good book dry at times but the reader is very good at what he does it just takes a minute to get used to him.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    the gunslinger


    If you could take any character from The Gunslinger out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    the gunslinger, he was really one of the only evolved characters.


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    Melissa 04-10-12
    Melissa 04-10-12
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    "Fantastical Fantasy!"

    Where it all began... I understand some reviewers' criticism of the narrator (though I happen t think Mr. Guidall is fantastic), especially compared to the venerable Mr. Muller. However, please, please disregard the advice to skip straight to the 'Drawing of the Three'. Yes, the Drawing is a better book, with a better narrator, but the first book lays the foundation on which the entire series is built. The monologue by the Man in Black about the size of the universe in relation to others... well... it's worth the price of admission right there! Even if the rest of the book is a bit slow and deliberate. Start with the first book - it's a real gem (and it only gets better form here).

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    Amazon Customer United States 04-09-12
    Amazon Customer United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "it's not a mashup, it's a mosaic"
    Would you listen to The Gunslinger again? Why?

    the book itself is well written by a gifted author with more experience than two normal writers put together. the only complaint I've ever heard about it was that it can't decide if it's a western, a fantasy, science fiction, or thriller. what you have here is a finely crafted mosaic with the very best of all of its constituent parts joined into an unbelievable whole.
    George Guidall may have been the perfect choice to narrate. you can hear the weary gunslinger fighting the desert for his life with every line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    every sentence was purposeful and weaves this book into the saga it begins. every reveal is a tantalizing piece of Roland's history kept just out of reach.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Roland's instinctual mastery of his guns when he fights his way out of a trap laid for him by the man in black is almost poetic. The mental distance between his actions and the effect of his shots allow you to feel his fight to remain above the killing his quest demands of him.


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

    it was almost impossible to hit stop once I began listening. Guidall's voice is addictive and the story never really lets you go once it's grabbed you.


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    Katherine 04-09-12
    Katherine 04-09-12
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    "BEST EPIC EVER!"
    Where does The Gunslinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read / heard a lot of books. The Dark Tower is by far, the best of them all. I have listened to this series many times and the Honeymoom is still not over for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Does Oy count? Then, Jake Chambers


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall's voice is captivatively soothing. The timber of his vocal range captures the spirit of Roland, Gilliads only surviving nobility that deals in lead.


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

    If I didn't, it wasn't for lack of trying.


    Any additional comments?

    The Drawing of the Three buries the hook in, line and sinker!

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-08-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "To much going on!!!"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

    Yes


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made it more understandabl


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Great voice


    What character would you cut from The Gunslinger?

    I don't know, I just found it was a little back and forth!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it would be a lot better

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-31-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm not sure what to think about this one."

    I'm told that this is just the first step in what turns out to be a great series and that this is just an odd setup for the rest. It wasn't that I didn't like it, I did but I felt oddly disconnected to all the characters but Roland. I'm not sure if that's how it is supposed to be or just how it effected me. I think the background of the desert is part of the problem for me. Ick!

    I hope the following ones are as great as I'm told they are. King certainly has the talent for a great epic. I don't read all his books but I have read some and like most of them. I don't mind weird but I have a tough time with scary.

    I think that once I've made it through the entire series this is one to go back to and pick up things that I may have missed the first time.

    As for the narrator, he was wonderful. I think that is probably the one thing about this book that no one would argue much about.

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    Kenya 03-27-12
    Kenya 03-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story Telling"

    The performance of the story was spot on. The story was very good, Steinback quality. It left you wanting more but could sand alone.

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    Grady J. San Diego, CA 03-27-12
    Grady J. San Diego, CA 03-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this title to a friend, but only for them to learn the background for the books that follow in the series. That was a review that I read, and I agree. I had trouble making it through this book. But I have enjoyed previous Stephen King books so much that I gave it a chance. Dark Tower I was not that great. But the series gets better. I don't really care for George Guidall reading, but I really like Frank Muller, who does The Dark Tower II, II, and IV.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I hoped for the story to get better.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess he did OK, but I don't really care for George Guidall. The first book that I heard him read, Everyman, I did not like. He became that character for me. Whenever I hear him, I think of that character.


    Was The Gunslinger worth the listening time?

    Yes, because it was short, and gave me the background for the stories (books) that followed.


    Any additional comments?

    Not yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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