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The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower | [Stephen King]

The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.
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Publisher's Summary

For those discovering the epic best-selling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—here is an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.

Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement. It has been the basis for a long-running Marvel comic series.

Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," he says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them."

Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Linda Crockett, CA, United States 06-02-12
    Linda Crockett, CA, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Stephen King Fan...but"
    What would have made The Wind Through the Keyhole better?

    This book was boring. It added nothing to the overall story. I have read all of SK's books, and this one did not make the cut. Come on Stephen, you must have another book on the caliber of The Green Mile. I know you do.


    Has The Wind Through the Keyhole turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King???s performances?

    Yes, anything he writes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


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    Jay SAUGUS, MA, United States 06-01-12
    Jay SAUGUS, MA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2005

    Warcraft Addict

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    "A wonderful addition to the Dark Tower Series"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

    Nearly anyone. I love your writing Stephen, but please leave the reading to someone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dicke USA 05-31-12
    M. Dicke USA 05-31-12 Member Since 2013

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    "more like little sisters of Eluria then DT"
    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    the narration. King can be ok at times - i do like some of his narration but he really should have let George Guidell do this one. It was my least favorite readings of his audio books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The transformation of the skin man.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    read the book if you can, it is a great story though doesn't really add to the DT story much. It just stands really well on it's own. And lest hope that it is re-recorded like some of Kings other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Moville, IA, United States 05-29-12
    Sarah Moville, IA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2009

    I love magic, fantasy and mystery! I hate sterotypical female characters and the authors who are stupid enough to create these characters!

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    "Fabulous storytelling"

    I was very disappointed that this book went backward instead of forward in the story of the Dark Tower, however, it is a WONDERFUL short stack of stories within the Dark Tower story. When I listen to this series again, I'll listen to it before Wolves of the Calla instead of after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Ruiz 05-28-12
    Jose Ruiz 05-28-12 Member Since 2010

    New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn

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    "Great story, lots of imagery!"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Yes, a lot of info and background into the world created by Mr King. The language used needed some getting used to ... I'll listen again just to make sure I didn't miss anything before moving on in the series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    A section where the young gunslinger meets a tribe who help him even though they don't speak the same language.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favorite?

    The young boy who ends up becoming a gunslinger inspite of his own doubts and fears.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In a place where worlds meet, the gunslingers of the old west still keep the peace!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 05-28-12
    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 05-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A reblowned wind"
    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I feel Stephen, who is my favorite a writer in this genre, must have pulled this one out of his "holding" bag. Not much of a story. Audio screwed up. Wish I had my credit back. Will look at future Roland adventures with a jaundiced eye. King is worthy of SO much better.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably, cautiously.


    What didn???t you like about Stephen King???s performance?

    Should have gotten a better narrator. John Lee, etc Roy Dotrice probably wouldn't have done it. Frank Muller would be my first choice, but his marvelous voice has been silenced by fate .


    What character would you cut from The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    Not that many to choose from.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen, you owe me a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 05-27-12
    Dan 05-27-12
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    "Great story, bad narrator"
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    Great story as usual from Sai King but his voice is like nails on a chalk board to me. Worth the listen but I hope he lets the pros read his books in the future.

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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 05-27-12
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 05-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Stephen King--Fantastic Fantasy Writier"
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    As an avid fan of Stephen King's outstanding fantasy series, The Dark Tower, I enjoyed peeking through the keyhole into Roland's early days as a gunslinger in the "world that had moved on." As usual, King seduces the reader with his masterful manipulation of the English language. No matter if the reader is reading the book or listening to it, she becomes so immersed that the division between the written word and reality thins.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I find it difficult to select a favorite character because they are so vivid and real. Each one draws the reader forward into whatever tale is being told.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    King knows and loves his characters. As a result, he understands what they sound like and feel. Through King's skillful reading, the characters leap from the pages and into the homes of the reader/listeners. Each one owns a particular and distinct voice that only King can reproduce in its fulness.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My house sparkled and my garden bloomed weed-free as I used every opportunity to listen to this engaging tale.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is often dismissed as a writer of horror fiction; yet he has not written or published in this genre since the 1980s. Most of his significant later books explore the nature of good and evil through stories drawn from every day possibilities. I have been a King fan since the beginning and his books become more complex with each passing year. I use his fiction to teach writing and critical thinking because he has such a superior grasp of language construction. He invites the reader in and gently closes the door.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-26-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-26-12

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Great Stephen King fantasy"

    I loved the Gunslinger series and the character Roland of Gilead. I was so excited for a new book. And this does not disappoint. In this story Roland tells his katet a story from his past. Stephen King is a wonderful reader. I could not stop listening.

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    Troy 05-25-12
    Troy 05-25-12
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    "Where's george guidall reading of this last tale"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes I really liked the story but missed the narrator who got me hooked George Guidall


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a story within a story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King’s performances?

    Maybe if it was a stand alone I have like his narration on other books


    Could you see The Wind Through the Keyhole being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    That would be great


    Any additional comments?

    Keep on writing your a great Author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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