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The Wind Through the Keyhole Audiobook

The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

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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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    Charles Lewisville, TX, United States 08-06-12
    Charles Lewisville, TX, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Straight from the King"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a Towers fan and you just wanna hear how Stephan King intended the story to sound, this is it. At first I wasn't so sure how would it be to have the author read the story. He is fairly decent and I really enjoyed hearing his inflections and pronunciation of words that I had guessed at. This was a fun story to listen to.


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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-04-12
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "A good supliment to the original dark towers serie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to be better than the print version?

    I listen to 85% of my books as compared to the 15% I read. Mr. King decided to read this book himself. Though I have heard him read other stories, I must agree the other listeners it would have been more enjoyable with a voice actor


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I think Mr. King is one of the best and most enjoyable writers of our time. He is both thoughtful of what the character would be thinking and living as well as keeps his books moving. What makes him such a good writer is his committment to the story and his refusal to be rushed


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, not well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it is an excellent story but not an emotional one


    Any additional comments?

    i think if you have not read/listened to the other Dark Tower stories I think this is not a good story to start with

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    A. Davids Toronto 08-04-12
    A. Davids Toronto 08-04-12 Listener Since 2007

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    "Didn't finish due to very poor narration."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Professional narrator.


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

    In audiobook format yes -- I listened to all the other audiobooks in this series and they were awesome.


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

    No.


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

    Disappointment - wasted money and was unable to complete -- unlistenable.


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    Daniel W Belew 08-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Addition to the Story"
    If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

    Another Story Within


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

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    The final battle, great detailed description of conflict and combative movement.


    What three words best describe Stephen King’s performance?

    Limited character differentiation


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hard to avoid any spoilers but there are many inspirational moments regarding Tim and his mother.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great example of Stephen King being able to weave a story within a story within a story. My favorite part of the book, which I think was why King felt he needed to tell the tale, was Tim Stoutheart's story within Roland's story, within King's series.

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    mark marietta, GA, United States 07-31-12
    mark marietta, GA, United States 07-31-12
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    "Lifeless narration by Steven King"

    Could not get past the first 30 minutes of Steven Kings monotone narration. Such a waste, he should stick with writing and leave narration to the professionals.

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    Martha Cypress, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Martha Cypress, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible Narrator"

    I have said it before and I will say it again. Stephen King is an amazing writer and I have nearly all his books, BUT he should stick to writing because as a narrator he is terrible. I don't want to listen to someone *read* a book. I want the narrator to bring it to life. King tries to do the voices but he only has about three he can do so they all end up sounding the same. I loved the book, the story is a great one and makes me want to go back and listen to the Dark Tower books again. My recommendation to the producers is to let King influence the production but do not let him read it.

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    Virginia A. Campbell Pelham, Alabama USA 07-29-12
    Virginia A. Campbell Pelham, Alabama USA 07-29-12 Member Since 2005

    I am the host of the Brain Science Podcast and Books and Ideas. I have been a member of Audible since 2003. My favorite audiobooks are Sci Fi and nonfiction: especially history and biography

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    "Satisfying Story"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    If you have missed the characters from Stephen King's Dark Tower series you will enjoy this short tale. It is set before the final book of the series and actually contains a story within a story (actually 3 stories if you count Roland and the gang). While taking shelter from the sort of weird storm that could only happen in this lost land. Roland tells a tale from his youth that contains a second tale within. The main tale reveals an interesting tidbit about his relationship to his mother and the embedded Wind in the Woods tale is very satisfying.

    This story can be enjoyed by someone new to the series, but I think it is best appreciated by long-time Dark Tower fans.

    Be sure to listen past the closing credits so that you don't miss the free excerpt from the upcoming sequel to The Shining.


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    Amazon Customer 07-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fit very well into the series"
    Any additional comments?

    It was good to hear of additional adventures of Roland. I really enjoyed the series.

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    Ryan 07-21-12
    Ryan 07-21-12
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    "great writer - terrible narrator"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    NO - SK is such a great writer and a terrible narrator. I ended up buying the book and reading it for SK’s voice was so painful.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen King’s performance?

    EVERYTHING - really


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    Jason SHAKOPEE, MN, United States 07-20-12
    Jason SHAKOPEE, MN, United States 07-20-12
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    "Great supplement to Dark Tower series"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Classic King. Great story and story within the story. The Dark Tower series is by far my favorite story. Was very glad to see a new installment come out.


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