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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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    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.

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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-26-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2014

    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

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    Rochelle L. Darville 05-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good fix!"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    I love the Dark Tower series and miss the characters!! Wish it was longer!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Susannah is my favorite!! She is fierce and soft at the same time


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes.. unlike some of the reviewers of his performance I rather enjoyed his reading


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

    The tiger turning into Merlin


    Any additional comments?

    Good read if you like the series

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    Charles Reading, PA, USA 05-24-12
    Charles Reading, PA, USA 05-24-12
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    "Good BUT very little of the 4 main characters"
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    It's Steven King there is a good story here and I liked it.


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

    the ending...


    Any additional comments?

    I guess i didn't like the fact thst you could listen and not have any idea of the Dark Tower series. That should tell you how much involvement the 4 main characters have.

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    Dan DeLany 05-24-12
    Dan DeLany 05-24-12
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    "A PERSONAL TOUCH"

    It's been many years since I traveled with Roland through Midworld, and I relished the chance to return.
    This story ties well with the original series in place and characters, but had a slightly different feel and I say this in a good way. It came across a little more personal as we are treated to a glimpse into Roland's early childhood, his relationship with his parents, and his earliest days as a Gun Slinger.
    The layers of stories within a story, blended so perfectly together, again shows the masterful writing of King. Other reviews have found his narration a bit flat, but I found it to add to the more personal feel of this story.
    My sincere thanks to the author for his many years of great work and freely admit my selfish enjoyment of it all.

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    William 05-24-12
    William 05-24-12
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    "So Many Better Readers..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am disappointed that Stephen King chose to read this novel on his own voice. Other readers are better than him. At least he could have pronounced Roland's last name the way I was used to it already.

    Previous narrators have done a great job. Stephen King reads with no warmth and no "pull" of the listener into the story.

    Maybe others will like this more than me, but I felt unhappy I even got started with this one. I put it down about an hour into it, just disgusted with it. I guess the characters' dialogue annoyed me "back then" too, but hearing them again -- and this time in Stephen's voice -- annoyed me more than ever, and made me not want to stick around to see how the plot went.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not a good voice for narration. Stick to writing.


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    Taryn Huntingtown, MD, USA 05-23-12
    Taryn Huntingtown, MD, USA 05-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Wonderful Return to MidWorld"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is appropriate as a stand alone story or to the devoted reader a deeper look into the Dark Tower series. The story was delightful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Widow Smack was my favorite character, there seems to be more to the Widow than what can be seen (or not) beneath the veil. It makes me wonder where she came from, what happened to her and why she ended up in Tree.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    Stephen's skill as a narrarator continues to grow with time, his voice now to me is like a comforting old friend..... his voices and characters are given deeper and richer life by his writing and through his spoken word.


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

    As these books accompany me during a total of 4 hours a day in traffic to and from work, it would have to be a heck of a traffic jam if I were to listen to all 7 hours in one sitting. There were times during the book, that I sat in the car waiting for a break in the story or the end of a chapter, as I was too engaged to simply stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King's Dark Tower Series is one that continues to unfold, even though we all know how it turns out in the end, the fact that it never ends is as enchanting as the twists, turns and connections with his other stories........

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    Broken Washer 05-23-12
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    "A nice addition but not integral to the main story"
    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy listening to Stephen King read his own books. He is not the best actor but he knows what he was seeing in his brain and he makes it come across.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story within the story to be very well done. This fairy tale could have stood alone as a book. I'm not sure that he needed to insert it into Rowland telling a story, but all in all I really enjoyed it. If you enjoyed the other books in the Dark Tower series then this is a must listen.

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