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.
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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.
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.
EVERYTHING - really
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.
Couldn't even finish the audio book as king's reading was more horrific then his books. Will get the paperback and hopefully channel George Guidall while reading it.
Since the early 80's I've read every Stephen King novel as soon as it came out. Which means I waited a long time to get through the main Dark Tower series. But while I was happy to hear that a new novel would be coming out, I was worried it would be the "Godfather 3" of the series. Fortunately, I think the new novel fit right into the overall series and I was happy Mr. King decided to revisit his old stomping grounds.
Unlike many of the reviewers, I didn't find his narration to be all that bad. Stephen King is definitely not a professional level actor - he has proven that multiple times - but I thought he did an adequate job in this case.
I have been a Stephen King reader since Salem’s Lot and have enjoyed most of his books. My husband and I are particular fans of the Dark Tower series and looked forward to this novel with anticipation. Unfortunately not only is the story not up to par with King doing a story within a story within a story but he narrates himself and shouldn’t. His voice just isn’t suited to it and his inflections and voices are awful! Such a dissappointment!
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