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.
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"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)
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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.
I love to love space-opera and fanatasy books. Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my ears when it comes to audio books....
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!
honestly don't bother with this book. it's boring, there is so little going on and just an all bad book. The second is better. The second book gives a little synopsis of what happens in this book, and you are able to pick right up. The second is where the story actually gets interesting.
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.
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
Better writing. It was all over the place.
Sure, I have listened to all his books.
No, This is one of the best narrators in the business. He couldn't resurrect the book gone wrong.
Disappointed in the author.
I found this a bit dull, with large chunks of seemingly irrelevant plot. I'm sure it'll make sense eventually, I trust King.
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