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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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    Michael L. Durfee 05-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "King should Write - NOT Read"
    What would have made The Wind Through the Keyhole better?

    A professional narrator would have made a big difference.


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

    I have most of the books written by King.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    King is a great writer but a lousy narrator. He was monotone and was not dramatic in the reading.


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

    I was sad about the audiobook. A different narrator would have made the book a better experience.


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    Ann Burnt River, ON, Canada 05-19-12
    Ann Burnt River, ON, Canada 05-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Two stories wrapped in another - great!"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I love it when Stephen King reads his own books. Others might read it better, but there is something special about an authors reading their own books.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, hard to put down. Sorry when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan United States 05-19-12
    Ryan United States 05-19-12

    rfrost47

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    "Great story, sub-par narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to be better than the print version?

    I wish I would have stayed with the print version. It would have been far less distracting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy every trip to mid-word, King's ability to provide a great story never disappoints.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    King's skill is in writing. His inability to narrate a story becomes distracting and the characters manage to come off lifeless and flat. It made it difficult to focus on enjoying the experience.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with the print version and enjoy a wonderful chapter in "The Dark Tower"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica G. Elgin 05-18-12

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    "A revisit to the Gunslinger"

    I really enjoyed this book and didn't even mind Stephen King's narration. It was different than how George narrated the previous books, but I don't think that made it bad. Maybe it's just me, but Stephen's reading of Bag of Bones is one of my very favorites.

    Honestly, anything that will bring more time and more stories to this collection, I am all for it.

    This constant reader says thanks!

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    Dani 05-18-12
    Dani 05-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Horrible narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    I didn't listen to it because Stephen King was horrible. I went out and bought the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

    George Guidall


    Any additional comments?

    Please Mr. King stick to writing and not reading to your audience. I loved the book and an glad I bought the actual physical book to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 05-18-12
    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2001

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    "enjoyable visit in mid-world"

    As everyone has noted, King is a better writer than narrator. He should definitely keep his day job. As jarring and irritating as it was in the beginning, it grew on me. ? By the last third of the story it was just there...someone telling me a story.

    It is a stand alone story and doesn't impact on the overall Dark Towers story arch. However, it offers a bit more depth on the Roland character and is a pleasant visit with old friends. I enjoyed the story within a story...within a story format.

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    Chad zimmerman, MN, United States 05-17-12
    Chad zimmerman, MN, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have had a Professional voice actor read this story. As far as the Story goes, it could have been a little more Gun Slingerish. Yes I know it's a story within a story, but for Gad's Sake, it seemed like the biggest character and Villain was the Storm. So we are revisiting really nothing as far as the Dark Tower is concerned.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As with most King stories the Ending seems a bit of a let down...then you let it sit with you. Then you sit alone in the dark and wonder, "Why the hell do I do this to myself?". Then you pull out the old "It is what it is" to make yourself feel better.


    Did Stephen King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    In the beginning it was very hard to tell which character is which. Typical King. Towards the end he got a little more into it, by that I mean he fluctuated his voice a tad more.


    Was The Wind Through the Keyhole worth the listening time?

    Yeah, only if you had listened to the whole Dark Tower series. Then it's a must. On it's own it's...Meh.


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    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 05-16-12
    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 05-16-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Definitely not the best in the series"

    As usual with a King book, you can't put it down once you start. I've read the entire Dark Tower series and this is probably the weakest of the bunch. However, I always enjoy interesting plot devices and this has one of the most unusual King has ever used. I don't think it spoils anything to point it out, but if you want, you can skip to the next paragraph........The book actually tells three stories one inside of another inside of another.

    I've gotten used to him, but I really don't care much for King as a narrator, especially since for many of his books he gets some of the best in the business. He has a flat voice and some mildly annoying speech mannerisms (e.g. he swallows his "L's").

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    Nan N. 05-16-12
    Nan N. 05-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A welcome addition to the Dark Tower series"

    Mr. King sets his intricately woven tale of Mid-World in a time described as following the fourth volume of the Dark Tower series. Contrary to what many of the reviews here have stated, I think Mr. King does an admirable job of reading his book. In particular, his rendition of the chillingly evil Covenant Man is excellent, and had me nervously looking over my shoulder in broad daylight. I doubt even Mr. Guidall could have done a better voice for this character. This story can stand alone, but it's also completely satisfying as a wonderful addition to the saga.

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fleshing out a world gone by"

    I have to admit that I was a bit unsure about this book. As much as people have mixed feelings about the Dark Tower series (particularly the end), I enjoyed the whole of it and wasn't sure about a return trip.

    I shouldn't have worried. Not only was it comfortable to return to the familiar characters (aided no doubt by the reading done by Stephen King himself), the stories added color and depth to the world of the gunslinger, making it feel less like a central hub in the universe according to King and more like a world of it's own with lore and characters all it's own.

    Either as a return to an old haunt or an introduction to the world of the Dark Tower, this book is worth a listen or two and is likely one you'll return to.

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