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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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    Baldur Wilton, CA, United States 11-08-11
    Baldur Wilton, CA, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2004
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    "One of my all time favorite."

    This series is King's best ever. I've probably listed to the whole thing 3 times now.

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-04-11
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wasn't for me"

    I couldn't finish it. It lost me and was boring. I really wanted to like it but I just could not get into it.

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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 10-20-11
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Big Stephen King fan but I just could get into it"

    I really really really really tried to listen to this book and hope that I would just love it but I just did not enjoy this audiobook at all. I am a huge Stephen King fan but I really wanted to get started on read/listening to the Dark Tower Series but after Volume 1 I just dont think i want to read/listen to the rest. But I will definately re-listen to it again some time and hope that it works out better for me.

    Big Art

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    DaMob 10-11-11
    DaMob 10-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Apparently a lot of people like this.... I didn't"

    Anyway you look at it, Stephen King is a strange bird but some of his stories are beyond great. Sadly I hated this one. Actually kept listening just hoping it would get better. Needless to say I won't be listening to any more in this series.

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    Don LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 10-05-11
    Don LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 10-05-11
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    "Eh... It was just OK."

    Just OK. Not really that entertaining and I almost turned it off. Not one of King's best.

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    Thomas Allen 05-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The mysterious beginning"

    I just finished the last book of the series and am looking back on the Gunslingers story at the beginning. This first book is a humble beginning to what becomes an incredible and rich tale. But though the book is humble in relation to the larger story, it is still filled with interesting characters and a compelling line. It is a very appropriate and well done start.

    George Guidall, the narrator, took some getting used to. But after a little while I was really enjoying his reading. I especially like his voice for the Gunslinger.

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    Mike VASSAR, MI, United States 04-25-11
    Mike VASSAR, MI, United States 04-25-11
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    "The Gunslinger, how cool."

    Thanks again Steven for giving us a peice of your mind and soul. The first time I heard this, I thought it was going to just be a western book, but discovered to my surprise and satisfaction, that it was much more than that. Thanks again for the Dark Tower Series. They are the greatest.

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    Nik 01-16-11
    Nik 01-16-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "And it begins..."

    I will keep this short. I loved this book because it took me on a really wild ride with Roland, Jake and the the black wizard stalking him...or that Roland was stalking. I'm still not sure. Anyway, King outdid himself in this book and I am harsh on his other novels. I don't know why I did not review this earlier. Probably still pondering Roland's complete psychosis, parallel worlds, strange deserts and underground freaks.

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    Christie Cedar Park, TX, United States 12-04-10
    Christie Cedar Park, TX, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Wish I would not have wasted my credits"

    If it were possible to give this book less than one star, I would. I certainly would not recommend it. The story is all over the place. I had a hard time following the book or understanding its point. Character development is poor. I have put up with this book for 5 hours of listening time and I doubt I will finish it. I have listened to several King books and enjoyed them a great deal. This one just wasn't worth the effort.

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    preston farmington, NM, United States 10-16-10
    preston farmington, NM, United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2014
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    "King's Opus"

    The Dark Tower series is superb. When I read it the first time, I was depressed when it finally came to an end. The second time through, The Gunslinger is still a great read.

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