We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (6976 )
5 star
 (3215)
4 star
 (1637)
3 star
 (1147)
2 star
 (551)
1 star
 (426)
Overall
4.0 (3442 )
5 star
 (1674)
4 star
 (747)
3 star
 (596)
2 star
 (251)
1 star
 (174)
Story
4.2 (3390 )
5 star
 (1851)
4 star
 (856)
3 star
 (433)
2 star
 (136)
1 star
 (114)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Becky Saratoga, CA, USA 05-31-05
    Becky Saratoga, CA, USA 05-31-05 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    151
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "what is all the hype about?"

    I bought this audiobook because my teenaged son enjoys action/fantasy/science fiction books. We couldn't enjoy this one, though. It stinks - with a putrid, rotty stench that makes your stomach turn and cramp until you wish you were dead ... That's just my imitation of the style of writing found in this book. We turned it off after about 40 minutes, when the subject being described in agonizing detail was urine.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JHawk 77 Nashville, TN 02-08-05
    JHawk 77 Nashville, TN 02-08-05 Member Since 2004

    Hawk

    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Can't go by reputation"

    Disjointed, irregular. This is not Mr. King's best work but it survives on his reputation, not on the quality of this work. I actually deleted it from my mp3 player before I finished it. It was wasting my time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-06-04
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-06-04 Member Since 2003

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    177
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    460
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    "Gunslinger"

    Wildly, wonderfully imaginative and spellbinding, I could hardly put it down. Stephen King is, without doubt,a genius and a master of his craft.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 11-24-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 11-24-03 Listener Since 2002

    MatschMomma

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent!!!"

    I have read all books in the Dark Tower series. I enjoyed it greatly!! I cannot wait to to listen to next four.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 09-04-05
    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 09-04-05 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "INCREDIBLY BORING"

    I bought this based on prior good experiences with Stephen King and the mostly very positive reviews. I was bored out of my skull. Very unrealistic, maybe you might like it if you are into sci-fi or fantasy books, but I could not get into it at all. Virtually all of the characters are men which increases the boringness of it. I tried many times to get through even the first hour and had to keep rewinding because I could not focus. A little bit like Mad Max, if you are into that kind of fantasy. To me it felt like just a huge waste of time to listen to this. I felt like asking, is this supposed to be entertaining or am I supposed to get anything of value out of this or what?

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Airmont, NY, USA 02-17-08
    Michael Airmont, NY, USA 02-17-08 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    136
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Waste of time"

    Too long, even though it was a short book. I could't finish it. Too boring. If you like the "Koontz" style of writing, you will not like this book. Funny thing is, I am a King fan. I am soooo glad that I could'nt get through the first book, I couldn't imagine having to read the entire series. Now, I can just put it to bed and never look back.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 07-15-10
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 07-15-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    111
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    97
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "A waste of money."

    Except for a couple of King's books (like Dead Zone) if I had my way King would be flipping burgers somewhere. I'm glad it was on sale because I feel cheated out of my money. What drivel, even if well written. He's too weird for me. This will be my last King book. The next time I feel the urge to buy a King story I'll re-listen to a James Lee Burke story, or maybe a Dean Koontz or Craig Johnson book.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alex montague, CA, USA 07-08-09
    Alex montague, CA, USA 07-08-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Typical "King""

    Yet another Stephen King story that would be a great read if not completely ruined by the last few pages (or minutes). I don't even know why I bother with his books anymore. The man is rarely ever able to end anything well.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marty brunswick, GA, USA 01-10-05
    Marty brunswick, GA, USA 01-10-05 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "the gunslinger the dark tower i"

    hard to follow

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Luther Danielsville, PA, USA 07-28-04
    Luther Danielsville, PA, USA 07-28-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "the gunslinger the dark tower 1"

    the book is very good will tell my friends about it.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 311-320 of 327 results PREVIOUS1313233NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.