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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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    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Erroll Port Townsend, WA, United States 03-16-12
    Erroll Port Townsend, WA, United States 03-16-12
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    "Good Story - Good Narrator"

    A mysterious man in a mysterious world. You learn about both, as the story unfolds, in a way that makes you want to know more - engaging dialog, revealing flashbacks, and nail biting action. And George Guidall brings it to life with top notch narration.

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    Adam 03-07-12
    Adam 03-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't get into it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok, but very hard to get into.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes


    Did The Gunslinger inspire you to do anything?

    Not listen to the other ones


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastian United States 03-05-12
    Sebastian United States 03-05-12

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    "What a slow beginning to King's magnum opus"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't enjoy the narrator's overly dry reading, and i didn't particularly like the book.


    Would you recommend The Gunslinger to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not having read or listened to anything else in the series, i am hesitant to say.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Not familiar with enough narrators to comment


    Could you see The Gunslinger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could make a very good franchise. I really want to see Josh Holloway as Roland.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, i haven't read anything else in the series, and it may take me a while to get around to it given this sluggish, taxing book.

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    David 03-05-12
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    "The Gunslinger"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gunslinger to be better than the print version?

    It depends on if you would rather listen or read.


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

    In its own class


    Which scene was your favorite?

    going through the tunnel


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    Sara Robinson 03-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "BEST. SERIES. EVER. !!"
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    My head line pretty much says it all. This book and the rest of the series have been my all time favorite!

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    Tanny Rockport, MA, United States 02-23-12
    Tanny Rockport, MA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "New to Steven King, urged to read this by my son"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I expected the darkness but was surprised at the character development. I did find it a challenge sometimes to follow the progress of the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I have read the second book and will complete the series.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall is one of my top five favorite narrators, he manages to inhabit characters and I always feel he is invested in the story, not just telling it.


    Could you see The Gunslinger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Since this is part of a series and King has such a huge fan base, I think it would be a challenge much like trying to put Gabaldon on the screen. But I do think it would be a great TV miniseries.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised by King, my experience of him had only been the movies of
    The Shining and Carrie. While this is a dark fantasy with about the amount of violence I expected, I did become involved in wanting to know what would happen next and how the relationships would resolve. I listened to 11-22-63 between the first and second books and loved that so I have added King to my list of authors to search when I'm ready for something new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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