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
The story was good. I wish we got to see more of Jamie De Curry since we heard about him in the first 7 novels. Overall it was entertaining and but King as narrator was just terrible. His voice as Roland was awful. If this was done with George Guidall it would have been some much better.
I rank it pretty high up there, Stephen King Narrating his own work is pretty cool, although his voice isn't really suited for reading, not saying he did a bad job, It's just that I had listened to the previous dark tower novels, the majority being read by Frank Muller who had a great reading voice. This is still a great listen, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who has read or listened to the previous dark towers.
Well, without giving anything away it's hard to say. I loved every bit of this one though.
Probably not a whole lot, it's just cool that he read it himself.
I loved it, and yeah I got a little choked up at parts, and it had me gnawing my nails off throughout the book.
Grab this if you can, read it or listen to it, either way if you are a tower junkie, pick this one up! You will not be disappointed! Hopefully The King ain't done with The Gunslinger's Universe just yet.
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.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
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
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
No, not well
No, it is an excellent story but not an emotional one
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
In audiobook format yes -- I listened to all the other audiobooks in this series and they were awesome.
Disappointment - wasted money and was unable to complete -- unlistenable.
Another Story Within
The final battle, great detailed description of conflict and combative movement.
Limited character differentiation
Hard to avoid any spoilers but there are many inspirational moments regarding Tim and his mother.
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.
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.
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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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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