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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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    K. Matschull Ut, USA 11-24-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 11-24-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Excellent!!!"

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

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    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 09-04-05
    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 09-04-05 Member Since 2003
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    "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
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    Michael Airmont, NY, USA 02-17-08
    Michael Airmont, NY, USA 02-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "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
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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 07-15-10
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 07-15-10
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    "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
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    Alex montague, CA, USA 07-08-09
    Alex montague, CA, USA 07-08-09
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    "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.

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    Marty 01-10-05
    Marty 01-10-05 Member Since 2001
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    "the gunslinger the dark tower i"

    hard to follow

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    Luther Danielsville, PA, USA 07-28-04
    Luther Danielsville, PA, USA 07-28-04
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    "the gunslinger the dark tower 1"

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

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    Kent Franklin, TN, USA 06-16-05
    Kent Franklin, TN, USA 06-16-05
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    "Root canal"

    Please do not start this series. I tried listening into the second book of the "Dark Tower" series and have never been so let down and bored. Too many other good books to listen than to waste your time with this.

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    William Snellville, GA, USA 02-28-04
    William Snellville, GA, USA 02-28-04
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    "Too Far Out"

    Hard to follow what is happening. Did not like story.

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    Carl Austin, TX, USA 01-11-05
    Carl Austin, TX, USA 01-11-05
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I just don't get it. It seems unecesarily convoluted. Just not enough draw in this first book to make me endure more. Too many better stories out there.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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