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
i would rank it not on the top maybe on the very bottom... it could have been great but when Stephen King narrates one of his books its just a cryin shame...
i dont know... i was too busy hating the narator...
I am not sure... i really want to listen to his new book coming in 2013 ... a sequal to the shinning but .. i cringe at the thought of Stephen King narrating his own book.. my 5 year old grandson could put more feeling in it..
honestly... its been a couple of months since i listened to it... i could tell you a tag line for all the gun slinger books but the story in this book was absolutly lost in the inability to show any kind of emotion... or distinguishing one characters voice from another...
I dont regret listening to the book but i will end my comments begging Stephen King to have pity on his loyal reader and shell out the money for George Guidall or anyone else but himself to narrate the audio books.. if he ever gets another narrator to to re-narrate Wind through the Keyhole.. i will pay to listen to it again... it would be worth it...
As for as print vs audio, print was easier to get into
Tim in the dogan, and of course Roland
Tim Again, the new dogan, and puzzle to get in was a high point
While Kings narriations was hard to get used to, Once I got used to it, It didnt bother me and I fell in completly and was an amazing story
Although the book starts off with Roland as he is in the Dark Tower Series it moves to when he was a young kid.
If the book had remained with Roland as an older gentleman I would have had to agree that Stephen King as a narrator would have been terrible. HOWEVER, Stephen King does a great job as Roland as a younger man. Do not believe all the bad comments about the narration as its not as bad as they say.
The story was good, but it only has a faint relation to the Dark Tower Series. Its actually a story within a story within a story.
Its still a good listen and I enjoyed considerably.
Pretty much at the top of all audio books
the comraderie of the group making their way to the tower.
When the boy lets the tiger out of the cage
mysteriuos journey through many ages
Great addition to the origianl series
Stephen King's narrative style is dry and flat. That is just what I would expect from a story told by Roland Deshain, which, after all, is the gist of the book. He is not theatrical and doesn't use different voices. He sounds just like a person telling a story to pass the time on a cold day. It does take a few minutes to adjust to this style, especially if you're used to professional story tellers. The story, within a story, within a story is very good. If you have read the Gunslinger series it's like finding a bit more of your favorite thing when you thought it was all gone. If you haven't read the series this might be a good test to see if you want to invest your time in the whole saga.
If the friend was into the Dark Tower type of book, I would. It is a specific genre that I don't usually read, but I had liked other King titles like "The Green Mile, " and did not realize that this was more of a fantasy ride than the other.
I particularly liked the fact that he narrated his own work...I think that way you can inject inflections that increase the intensity of your original meaning, kind of like reaching a point somewhere between reading the book and seeing the movie. I don't know if I would have finished just reading the book, but I did finish listenting to him reading it.
No. Although that might have given an easier understanding of the "story within a story."
While I don't think I would have ordered this book if I had realized what the Dark Tower series was all about, I did enjoy it in a Beowulf kind of way.
I will never again knowingly purchase another title voiced by Scott Brick.
Yes. I might.I've found the Dark Tower books to be a work worth going over a few times, partly for enjoyment, partly to study the craft of writing an enjoyable story. As a study of the Gunslinger's world, this story helps to round out a few details. But, personally, I found little in it to contribute to the major story arc of Roland's tale. It was certainly enjoyable.But, like a visit from an old friend ten years absent, it felt awkward. It was as if in our time apart, we (me, the reader, King, the author, as well as Roland's ka-tet) had each grown in our separate lives. And, coming together again, we were all forced to adjust and fit together differently than our usual accustomed places.It took some time to get used to King as a narrator. His performance is always a little caricatured when compared to the rich, nuanced performance George Guidall delivers for the majority of the rest of the series.All in all, I was glad to learn a bit more from Roland's world. But, maybe I was hoping for something else... a Gunslinger with a horn on his belt, for example...
Most of the story was about Tim. So, who else?
Of course. I have. And, many times.
No, not at all.
Although Stephen King is one of my very favorite authors, someone needs to tell him that he should never, never, NEVER narrate one of his own books again, or any written material for that matter.
I adore the Gunslinger series (this is my second time reliving it), and this story is probably very good, but after a half hour of listening to Mr. Kings monotone voice with absolutely no differentiation between any of the characters' voices or inflections, I found I had totally lost the thread of the story and basically didn't even care what it was.
Since I really want to know this story and to become as immersed in it as I have with the rest of the series, I'm going to buy the book. I prefer the audio versions as it's difficult for me to find the time to sit down and read, but I'll have to make an exception this time.
I love the gather around the campfire style of story telling that Stephen King is so good at. I truly believe that the dark tower series shows his abilities at their best. These characters are real to him and he brings them to life for us, too. The story within the story was seductive, distracting and a window into the world that we have only gotten glimpses of and in hind sight. It was fun to visit with the merry band of travelers again. They teach us that family is not only the people you are born to, but also the friends you choose to surround yourself with.
The details that it adds to the world that Roland drew the New Yorkers into
I was surprised that he did such a good job. I have listened to other performances of his in the past and was convinced that they characters would be out of his scope to vocalized, but was pleasantly surprised.
It took you through a range of reactions and emotions
I'm not sure that I would. It was a really good story though and couldn't stop listening to it.
I'm not sure Stephen King definatly has his own style of fantasy.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself while listening to this book and of course had to move on to the rest of Stephen King's Gunslinger series. So far I find it highly entertaining. It brings a lot of wonder to a book when things of our world are brought into a time and place that they don't but at the same time do fit into. Great Stuff!
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