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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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    Nathan 03-17-16
    Nathan 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!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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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

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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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

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    Troublesmyths 02-08-16 Member Since 2013
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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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    Tim V. 04-02-16
    Tim V. 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm hooked!"

    First time reader of this series. A little slow at times, but keeps you wanting more. Roland is a bad ass dude!! Can't wait to read/listen to the drawing of three!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    AreEyeCue Norfolk, Va United States 07-24-16
    AreEyeCue Norfolk, Va United States 07-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great"

    this book is awesome I'm glad I was turned on top the series, you see I was getting upset worth the narrators on some of these books, but the Steven king series delivers thanks a bunch...don't hesitate guys this is a good one. if you haven't already read it

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    Ben 05-15-16
    Ben 05-15-16
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    "Best book ever."

    You could hate this genre and love this book, especially the last chapter. This book, and this series, gets exponentially better as it goes on, enjoy the adventure!

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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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    Edouard SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 09-28-16
    Edouard SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 09-28-16

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    "Unintelligible narrator and poor story. Really?"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

    No. I expected more from Sephen King. Wanted to stop one quarter of the way but was on a plane so plowed thru it... it was painful.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was hard to understand. Once I got used to his voice, it was ok but a dozen times I had to "rewind" to hear something again.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother !!!

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    Shivi 08-23-16
    Shivi 08-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Psychedelic!"

    This book is unlike any Stephen King book I've ever read. It's amazing. It's very profound and insightful but in a dark, beautiful way. Very trippy. Highly recommended. George Guidall is the perfect narrator, his voice has the ability to put you in a type of trance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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