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The Gunslinger Audiobook

The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves listeners eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

©1993, 2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center." (Milwaukee Sentinel)

"Brilliant, fresh and compelling - will leave you panting for more." (Booklist)

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    Kindle Customer 03-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I love to love space-opera and fanatasy books. Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my ears when it comes to audio books....

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    "A good introduction."

    I started this book series on a recommendation from a friend. I'm not a Stephen King fan per se, but I enjoyed this book. The revised introduction and book says that there were about 35 pages added to the original that makes the book more accessible to first-time readers. It seems to have worked for me.

    George Guidall does a great job and just the grit of his voice seems to add to the desert wasteland's ethos as the Gunslinger slowly marches across it.

    I wouldn't say that I was hooked on this series after this book, but I was left wanting a little more. I did get hooked about 1/3 of the way through the next book in the series, so if you get through this and are satisfied yet not "hooked" my suggestion to you is to get into the second book as soon as possible!

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    Chris 01-27-16
    Chris 01-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "its a great start to a awesome series"

    its the first of the series so there is a lot of set up and information that you get . the story is great and captivating and kept me wanting more. so love this and can't wait to get into the next

    12 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-14-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "LIKE A DULL AX THROUGH A CALF'S BRAIN"

    Y IS A CROOKED LETTER AND CAN'T BE MADE STRAIGHT
    This recording, which replaced the old recording is, I believe the same, old recording, only with King's introduction taken out. An intro in which King said he did not know where this series was going. For me that showed big time in the feel of the story. I enjoyed the first chapter which was, more of a novelette. After that, the story is told mostly in dreams and remembering. Even the first chapter is Roland telling his story to another man.

    DO SOME MEN EVER GROW UP OR ONLY COME OF AGE?
    This series has a huge following, but it is more for those who like descriptive language, dreamy wild scenes, but no plot. If horror was a main subject and not a sub of fiction, this would be under Weird Western. Joe R. Lansdale and Jack Ketchum write in that genre a lot. This story was just a little too abstract for my taste.

    LONG DAYS, PLEASANT NIGHTS
    Guidall is the father of narrators and one of the best still. He makes the story better.

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    Drew Barsness 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Jumbled"

    I love the narrator but the story felt disorganized and confusing. I found I missed a lot of details after finishing it.

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    Amazon Customer 02-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "ok"

    it was ok. I've heard the books get better as they go. I guess I will see.

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    John hauserman 02-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazingly read"

    The narrator was amazing, made me feel as though I was watching it. Easy to listen to and enjoy.

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    Amazon Customer 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible!"

    This is by far the best audio book I've ever listen to the reader is very engaged and does several voices until the characters have different voices it's absolutely excellent and the storyline the creativity and imagination of Stephen King is on surmountable

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    Anthony R Ramos 07-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "rough"

    so dry. my friend said that I should read these books before the movie comes out and I really had a hard time with this one. so slow and so dry.

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    "very interesting "

    I had difficulty following the narrative and had to rewind a few times, but once I got my attention span under control it was great.

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    Bob the troll 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "comes to life"

    I truly loved revisiting Roland .I always feel like I am being pulled on a current or perhaps pulled on a" beam " .
    the narrator was superb ,perhaps not gritty enough but perfect for a fantasy

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful

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