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
Love to listen to books while passing my time commuting!
I would recommend this book to a friend if they were interested in sci-fi fantasy. I think that if they hadn't read the Dark Tower series previously that this book may intrigue them to start.
My favorite character was Tim because of the courage he possessed and how he so related to being a Gunslinger.
I LOVE the great stories Stephen King comes up with. Unfortunately, though I am not a fan of his reading. It really takes some work to get past his monotone, nasally voice. Sorry, Mr. King . . . you are truly wonderful at writing though!!
I don't think there is a specific moment . . . it is all pretty great.
Stephen King is pretty good at writing a story within a story within a story. I found myself so wrapped up in the inner story that I forgot of the outer ones. That is one of the things Stephen King is so great at . . . sucking you into a story that you forget about reality going on around you.
This is one of those books that is like watching a suspenseful movie or ball game where you are yelling at the television rooting for your team (or character).
I do have to say that I dove into this book hoping that it would satisfy my sorrow for the ending of the Dark Tower series, but it is really more of a tangent and you do get a little disappointment from that. However, once you get into the story that disappointment fades quickly.
love his books, but as alot have said - listening to this was painful to the ears. At certain points I could picture him pinching his nose to create some of the voices.
Picked up pace as most King books do and liked the book inside a book inside a book aspect.
his reading....stick to professional voice talent please!
yes - took a few hours to get passed the disappointment in the reading.
I already have. I think it's some of Stephen King's best.
I loved revisiting the characters from the Gunslinger and hearing about Roland's youth and dropping into Roland's mythology. The stories within stories was a fun device that could be clunky, but wasn't. I observe that many think Stephen King shouldn't be the reader, but I always opt for him reading when I can. I vastly prefer the "direct" communication from storyteller rather than performance.
Narration and story.
Just getting back to favorite characters.
The subtlety of King's character changes. There was only character I thought was not done well.
Yes. I was always eager to get back to it. But, it's too long for a single sitting.
...go buy the hardcopy.
This story is lovely, beautifully crafted, and I'm glad that King wrote it. But King is just NOT a good reader, despite the fact that he wrote the book. This is why I say that if how the reader sounds is the most important part of your experience with audiobooks, you're better off just buying the book and letting your mind do the 'vocal' work.
That said -- if you don't care over much what the reader sounds like, or if you have no problem with readers who lack a variety of inflection or differentiation of character voices, then you might be just fine with King's reading. He certainly has an intimacy with the material that is obvious; his interpretation of the cadence of a character's speech is going to be spot on, since he wrote those characters. I admit, though, it was interesting to see how his versions of Roland and Jake especially was different from both George Guidall and Frank Muller. Still - while interesting, still not really worth the credit spent to me.
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.
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