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The Wind Through the Keyhole Audiobook

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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    Fletcher Federal Way, WA USA 06-12-12
    Fletcher Federal Way, WA USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you"

    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.

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    Sonic0620 Rockford Il USA 06-12-12
    Sonic0620 Rockford Il USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun trip back"

    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.

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    Lex 06-12-12
    Lex 06-12-12

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    "Painful"
    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    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.


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

    As long as he isn't the reader.


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

    Frank Muller, George Guidall, or Scott Brick.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know. The narration was so painful, I hated the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Tina 06-06-12
    Tina 06-06-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Interesting Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    The idea of a story within a story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    It was good, but not as good as the original Dark Tower series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the evil step Father died.


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

    If I had the time yes,


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    Charles 06-06-12
    Charles 06-06-12
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    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, I think following a question and answer format is a waste of my time. Likewise the comments on the narrator. If the story is so bad you can not lose yourself in it and forget the narrator it is not worth the listen.

    This is the first SK I have read in a while that I liked. Not as much as the original DT series but still good. I saw it described as a prequel but it is more a side track off the original story line. It's another small dose of the imagery that hooked me in the original series. This telling makes me remember how much I loved the Stephen King that wrote Black House, The Talisman, and the Dark Tower series. Maybe he is still round after all. BTW, the sneak of Chapter One of The Shinning sequel was great as well. Dr. Sleep appears to be more in the right direction.

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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Great Addition to the Dark Tower Series"

    This was a great book, and I loved how it fit into the exisiting Dark Tower series. The idea of a story inside a story inside a stroy was incredibly well executed. Some of my friends didn't care for Stephen King's narration; however, I thought he was terrific. I always prefer listening to the author because you can hear exactly how the author imagined the words to be said. I would highly recommend this book to anyone--even if they haven't read any of the other Dark Tower books.

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    Linda Crockett, CA, United States 06-02-12
    Linda Crockett, CA, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Stephen King Fan...but"
    What would have made The Wind Through the Keyhole better?

    This book was boring. It added nothing to the overall story. I have read all of SK's books, and this one did not make the cut. Come on Stephen, you must have another book on the caliber of The Green Mile. I know you do.


    Has The Wind Through the Keyhole turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King???s performances?

    Yes, anything he writes.


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

    Boredom.


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    Jay SAUGUS, MA, United States 06-01-12
    Jay SAUGUS, MA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2005

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    "A wonderful addition to the Dark Tower Series"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

    Nearly anyone. I love your writing Stephen, but please leave the reading to someone else.


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    M. Dicke USA 05-31-12
    M. Dicke USA 05-31-12 Member Since 2013

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    "more like little sisters of Eluria then DT"
    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    the narration. King can be ok at times - i do like some of his narration but he really should have let George Guidell do this one. It was my least favorite readings of his audio books.


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

    The transformation of the skin man.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    read the book if you can, it is a great story though doesn't really add to the DT story much. It just stands really well on it's own. And lest hope that it is re-recorded like some of Kings other books.

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    Sarah Moville, IA, United States 05-29-12
    Sarah Moville, IA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2009

    I love magic, fantasy and mystery! I hate sterotypical female characters and the authors who are stupid enough to create these characters!

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    "Fabulous storytelling"

    I was very disappointed that this book went backward instead of forward in the story of the Dark Tower, however, it is a WONDERFUL short stack of stories within the Dark Tower story. When I listen to this series again, I'll listen to it before Wolves of the Calla instead of after.

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