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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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    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


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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
    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Robinson 03-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "BEST. SERIES. EVER. !!"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    WyzrdX 02-20-12
    WyzrdX 02-20-12
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    "Never gets old..... Even after 11 times"
    Where does The Gunslinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Gunslinger is in the top 10 audiobooks I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roland was the ultimate Knight after his time has gone.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He was very clear and placed the inflections where they should be in each sentence as King intended.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Gunslinger and why?

    Jake he was an instantly likable character ... You knew he was going to die, but you still didn't want it to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    If ever you wondered how good Stephen King is as an Author, Start here and believe me, you will continue til Roland reaches the Dark Tower and then you will want to live it with him again...... and again.

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    Joyce Claymont, DE, United States 02-13-12
    Joyce Claymont, DE, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Beginning to a Long Series to Come!"
    Would you listen to The Gunslinger again? Why?

    I love to listening to George Guidall


    What did you like best about this story?

    It left me wanting to know more. Of course there are several more installments to come.


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

    It's shorter by comparison but this is just the beginning of the story.


    If you could rename The Gunslinger, what would you call it?

    In Search of the Devil


    Any additional comments?

    I greatly need to hear the next installment. Can't wait to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CRYSTAL Garland, TX, United States 02-13-12
    CRYSTAL Garland, TX, United States 02-13-12
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    "boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different persons reading each part maybe


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    the storyline. i just didn't like it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    just his voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    i still love stephen kings books though this one is just not one i liked

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    dmac62x 02-13-12
    dmac62x 02-13-12
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    "I listened to about 80% and gave up"

    I took a chance and purchased The Gunslinger after listening to 11-22-63 and Under the Dome (both excellent!). I was not drawn into the story line or the characters of The Gunslinger. The writing is very good, but the story was just never grabbed me. I listened to about 80% of the story but was so bored I just gave up without making it to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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