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.
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"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)
All of you that gave this a good review must be the same people that consider a Yoko Ono album as music! What a waste of a book credit!
Based on King's reputation, I actually tried very hard to understand what was going on here. Dean Koontz' worst book is ten times better than this....maybe by Book seven he'll finally catch up with the man in black and they'll both put each other out of their misery......
Totally unable to follow, story is inconsistent and stupid.
All of them!
Seriously Stephen, what in the world were you thinking!!!
no it hasn't
yes I would, he did an ok job for such a slow book
The story starts off pretty good, it's interesting, and grabs your attention, but the second half of the book is horribly slow, there seems to be a lack of direction in the story, it's as though he had 200 pages he needed to fill but wasn't quite sure how to fill it, so he rambles on. I'm done with the series.
Yes, it is the beginning of a long saga and is absolutely necessary in order to understand the other books. It is not the best in the series but still great
Roland, simply because he is pretty much the only real character you get to know more than just a little.
Fight in Town. The description of the action was fantastic and just lots of fun
Scene with Man in Black and just before. Letting the boy go and making the decision that destiny overcame sentiment was impressive.
Interestingly, confusing with a tun of questions!
I did not know what would happen in the end!
I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.
I got really invested in this book quickly. This is only the 2nd Stephen King book I have ever read and I truly understand why he is.... "STEPHEN KING". I loved the character of Roland and all that he stands for.
Roland for sure he was really the only main character in this 1st book in the series. later in the books I fell in love with Jake but he did not stick out much in this book.
no but he was a great narrator!
I wish that overall there were less curse words in this whole series. All the books run together in my head so I am not sure how bad this book was, but overall I don't like to be cursed at and there is really no need for it, it does not make the story any better or real.
I know there are many that would argue with this, but The Dark Tower series from Stephen King is his best work in my opinion (this book, The Gunslinger, being the first of the series unless you count Eye of the Dragon that takes place MANY years before our hero is born)
Many think that King only writes horror, and he DOES shine brightly when doing so, but this series of books fades away from that genre a bit (not completely however) and culminates into a fantastic quest worthy of its comparison to King Arthur's Round Table and the quest they are most famous for..
If you are new to King's work or have not yet begun this series because of King's departure from his normal formula, PLEASE give this first book a try.. It begins with King's favorite starting line of all the books he's written, and ends with you wanting more..
Narration is also excellent.. It changes between George Guidall and Frank Muller throughout the 7 books, but both do an excellent job...
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
This began a series whose writing spannned more than twenty years. It tells the story of the enigmatic Roland Deschein, the last surviving member of a knightly order of warriors called Gunslingers. Roland is pursuing the mysterious Man in Black, a strange but sinister sorcerer who seemingly brings misfortune or death to those whose lives he touches. But catching the Man in Black is only part of the quest, the easy part. Roland must still reach the Dark Tower, his only reaining reason for living. Can Roland succeed? And what terrible choices will he have to make along is journey?
This was an excellent story, though it may be hard for some to get into. This is the third audio adaptation I've seen. The first was read by Stephen King himself, but unfortunately I couldn't finish that one because I couldn't get into King's narration. The second was read by Frank Muller, who will be sorely missed. This particular adaptation was read by George Guidall. His narration took some getting used to but he's definitely one of my favorites, having a good ear an talent for accents and dialects. His raspy portrayal of Roland is more or less what I would imagine him as sounding like. Needless to say I couldn't put it down for long.
it was not a very good story, just not king work
it was not written by stephen king
very sorry story not king work
I've been a Stephen King fan for years. This one did NOTHING for me. I realize it's only the first in a series; I haven't yet read/heard any of the others. I'm hoping the storyline improves.
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