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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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    R. Greene Milford, MA 12-19-11
    R. Greene Milford, MA 12-19-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Guidall and King -- A great combination"
    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is one of the great book readers. I've listened to many of his reads, often only because he was the one reading it. He, like Scott Brick, is one of those people I could listen to for hours. And often do!


    Any additional comments?

    This is great King, and well worth a listen.

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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-17-11
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Finished the last book, Phew! Now to review."

    Overall, I would say that this series is best meant for fans of Stephen King, not as much for the general populace of audiobook listeners. I was not a fan of King, and I would now say I am still not. In fact, I would not recommend this series after finishing the last book. I did not want to write a written review of each book until I finished them all and this turned out to be a good idea.

    The first book to me was good but difficult to follow. New vocabulary used which is not alway explained well, and a story line that seemed constructed in pieces. It was good enough for me to go on to book two and I did find out that the difficult to follow sections of the book are explained again and in better detail. So you don't have to listen to the book again before moving on to book two.

    This book seemed more Sci-Fi in genre with a fantasy component. Written well with interesting characters. Narration was subpar. Almost a deal breaker for moving forward.

    All in all, get this book if you love Stephen King. If you don't like King's style, you will become disappointed by about book five in the series. A tough position to be in, too far along to quit the series but too boring to continue on. I decided to finish. I still don't know if that was the right decision.

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    Dana Garland, TX, United States 12-12-11
    Dana Garland, TX, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great science fiction story"

    I love this series; this is by far one of king’s better works. From the first book to the last the worlds King creates are amazing. It has an old west feel deep in a post apocalypse world. His charters really come to life with great development.

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    Zerelda 12-09-11
    Zerelda 12-09-11
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    "The greates seareas ever all 8 books were great!!!"
    If you could sum up The Gunslinger in three words, what would they be?

    Everything in one, robots witches monster time jumps cowboys good evil


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

    Hoe Rolland was.


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

    I love all s.k. Books read


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

    Wont more


    Any additional comments?

    The greatest athor ever in humen time

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    Genevieve CADDO MILLS, TEXAS, United States 12-05-11
    Genevieve CADDO MILLS, TEXAS, United States 12-05-11
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    "Best Stephen King Story I've heard/read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gunslinger the most enjoyable?

    It's a psychological thriller, rather than a


    What other book might you compare The Gunslinger to and why?

    It's sort of like the Time Machine, because even though they don't REALLY go through time, it seems as though the whole story is moving backward and forward through time, as if The Gunslinger is his very own time machine!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene Where Roland describes his trial to transition into manhood, and to become a Gunslinger.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jake said,


    Any additional comments?

    It's extremely captivating. From the very first words, I was hooked. I bought both this and the Drawing of the Three, and before I was halfway done with The Gunslinger, I wanted to buy the other 5 as well. This is by far my favorite Stephen King novel/series.

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    Steven 12-05-11
    Steven 12-05-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Great start to the Series"
    What did you love best about The Gunslinger?

    This story just whetted my appetite for the entire series and made me want to read the all. I have read copious amounts of Stephen King stories and this ranks up there with the best of them. I love the way Mr. King make references to the characters of his other books like


    What other book might you compare The Gunslinger to and why?

    Reminds me of the old movie serials and of Shane and not so perfect lead character that rises above most of his faults to become a true hero.


    What three words best describe George Guidall???s voice?

    Mr Guidall did a fine job on the narration but he is not my all time favorite.


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

    Yes I could sit and listen to this story in one sitting if I could only have such an opportunity. LOL


    Any additional comments?

    As I have said previously Mr. Guidall does a passable job with the narration. I must say that I own this title on cassette tape with Frank Muller ( he is sorely missed RIP)as the narrator and was so much more enamored with his voice. His inflection and pronunciation are different then Mr. Guidall. Audible please re-release this version on your site and I will definitely but the title again.

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    Christopher Waterloo, IA, United States 12-02-11
    Christopher Waterloo, IA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator"

    I imagine George Guidall is a very nice gentleman. Yet I did not care for his narration of this book. I am on book 2 of this series and the narrator is 10 times better.

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    Denise Northridge, CA, United States 11-13-11
    Denise Northridge, CA, United States 11-13-11
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    "bummer"

    Was looking forward to the whole series. Sadly I was put off by the first book. Just couldn't get involved in the story. Too many flashbacks and odd offshoots. Oh well. Still love Stephen King. Just not the Dark Tower Series.

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    Baldur Wilton, CA, United States 11-08-11
    Baldur Wilton, CA, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2004
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    "One of my all time favorite."

    This series is King's best ever. I've probably listed to the whole thing 3 times now.

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-04-11
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wasn't for me"

    I couldn't finish it. It lost me and was boring. I really wanted to like it but I just could not get into it.

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