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
No.. once was enough
Ties in with the other Gunslinger books
No, I love Stephen Kings books, but he should NEVER be allowed to read his own works. He just can't handle different voices, or add the emotion. I get the impression that he is just reading the book, not actually acting, like a really good reader will do. His pauses and inflections are never where they need to be.
Loved the story... especially Tim's ..
I haven't read the print version.
I enjoy getting more into the lives of the characters.
Good story and fits well into the Dark Tower saga. I even enjoyed the "story within a story." As for the narration, I am one of the fans who wore out tapes of the first three books. I listened to them again and again for years while awaiting Wizard in Glass. It took me a while to get used to the different narrators of the later books and I never wanted to go back and hear the remakes of the first three with those narrators. As for this story, I enjoyed returning to midworld and hearing more of Roland's life before he began his quest. I hope King eventually tells the backstory through Jericho Hill.
This is a great, quick look back into Rolland's life. Very entertaining little story. Don't be put off by King narrating. At first, it's a bit painful, but you get into the rhythm of his readying fairly quickly.
I very much enjoyed this Dark Tower entry! Stephen King know how to write entertaining characters and great stories! Hopefully he will find another Gunslinger gem in him!
The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.
Stephen King is my favorite writer of all time. I admire his genius and his work has provided endless hours of enjoyment. But he is not an actor, nor is he a narrator. With all of the wonderful narrators available, including those who have performed his other novels brilliantly, I wish he would leave this part of the process to those who have the talent for it. "Read by the author" is usually not better than a true narration, and this is no exception. Stick to the forwards and afterwards, and the occasional cameo, and let the pros breathe life into your phenomenal characters. Please.
Just wanted to say thanks to the author. I'd ached to return to Midworld for quite awhile now. I'm glad Roland reappeared to tell you another tale and you were kind enough to share it with us. Hearing this read in your own voice just made it that much better. Thank you.
This was a fun trip back into dark tower series, but it is also a book that could have been passed up. It doesn't add any new details to the original story. It is not a favorite for me, but it was a fun listen. I will defend King's performance, I thought he did a fine job narrating this story. Are better narrators yes, but I have listened to him narrate before.
I have listen to every book in the Dark Tower series. This series has been one of my favorites. Previous books were well produced with great readers. Steven King is a great author, but he should not have read this book.
As long as he isn't the reader.
Frank Muller, George Guidall, or Scott Brick.
I don't know. The narration was so painful, I hated the experience.
I only finished this book out of commitment. It is very frustrating to end such a long quest with such a bad taste in my mouth.
The idea of a story within a story.
It was good, but not as good as the original Dark Tower series.
When the evil step Father died.
If I had the time yes,
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