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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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    Chuck Westerville, OH, USA 03-10-05
    Chuck Westerville, OH, USA 03-10-05
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    "meaningless dribble that never gets to the point!"

    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......

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. Buell 08-04-12
    R. Buell 08-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I don't get it???????"
    What would have made The Gunslinger better?

    Comprehension!


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King???s story?

    Totally unable to follow, story is inconsistent and stupid.


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

    ??????


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gunslinger?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously Stephen, what in the world were you thinking!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Overland, KS, United States 06-11-12
    Richard Overland, KS, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What a waste of time!"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

    probably not


    Has The Gunslinger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no it hasn't


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    yes I would, he did an ok job for such a slow book


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph DELMAR, NY, United States 06-04-12
    Joseph DELMAR, NY, United States 06-04-12
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roland, simply because he is pretty much the only real character you get to know more than just a little.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Fight in Town. The description of the action was fantastic and just lots of fun


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

    Scene with Man in Black and just before. Letting the boy go and making the decision that destiny overcame sentiment was impressive.


    Any additional comments?

    f

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Deerfield, IL, United States 05-07-12
    Julia Deerfield, IL, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok book, the other ones in the series are better."
    If you could sum up The Gunslinger in three words, what would they be?

    Interestingly, confusing with a tun of questions!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did not know what would happen in the end!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    amy Sachse, TX, United States 04-16-12
    amy Sachse, TX, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.

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    "engaging and addicting!"
    Would you listen to The Gunslinger again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    no but he was a great narrator!


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

    not really...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SHAWN PINSON, AL, United States 04-11-12
    SHAWN PINSON, AL, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "King's Best Work..."

    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...

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 04-01-12
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 04-01-12 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Shortest book in the series?"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Tucson, AZ, United States 01-03-12
    Robert Tucson, AZ, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "not stepen KIngs work, very poor story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    it was not a very good story, just not king work


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    it was not written by stephen king


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    great


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    very sorry story not king work

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Richmond, TX, USA 05-14-07
    Alan Richmond, TX, USA 05-14-07
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    "Blah!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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