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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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    Shane Valparaiso, IN, United States 05-15-12
    Shane Valparaiso, IN, United States 05-15-12

    An avid sci-fi/fantasy reader for over 30 years.

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    "This is not my Roland"

    I first began reading about Roland in 1986 when a customer at a bookstore where I worked was kind enough to loan me her hardcover. I read the opening couple of lines and I was hooked. It set up the situation perfectly. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really show much of the Roland I've grown to know over more than 25 years.

    I actually listened to the first two books in the series on audio cassettes as narrated by King. Unfortunately, I've not been able to track them down digitally anywhere so I'll end up converting them, but his narration had more life in the '80's.

    Yes, they're clear that The Wind Through the Keyhole is a story within a story within a story. It didn't seem so clear to me, however, that it has only a tenuous connection to the rest of the series. The best way that I can sum it up is that it's a fine story on it's own, but not a good Dark Tower story.

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    Hank Wyborney Cheney, WA USA 05-15-12
    Hank Wyborney Cheney, WA USA 05-15-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyable return to magical world"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Master story telling that builds layers and layers of suspense, never losing the reader in the journey.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    After listening to the rest of the series read by two incredible performers, I was surprised that I still liked hearing the author's interpretation of his own work. He caught the rhythm of his prose nicely and had a great voice for his "tax collector."


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    Brian 05-15-12
    Brian 05-15-12 Member Since 2007

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    "However you feel about Wizard and Glass - Book 4"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    Book four of the Dark Tower series was my favorite, so hearing more of how Roland came to be the Gunslinger was for me very enjoyable


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It took some time for me to adjust to these being read by the author, George Guidall is a really tough act to follow, a couple of hours in it was no longer standing out.


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    05-14-12
    05-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Disappointed at all!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging
    Entertaining
    Enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is a story within a story within a story! Yet it is written so well that you are never left wondering which story you are listening to!


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is sometimes difficult to listen to the author reading his or her own works. They are writers, after all, not performers! :) On the other hand, you get to hear the story from the source, rather than a performer's interpretation of the "sound" and the "mood" of the story and its characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    After reading all 7 books and then re-reading them before this story was released, it was great to be reaquainted with Eddie, Jake and Susanna again!


    Any additional comments?

    I might need to go back and re-read this series again, inserting this book in between Books 4 & 5 where it was intended! I really enjoyed this story. I've followed Roland and his journey to the Dark Tower since I was 9 years old and stole the book from my brother. Here we are almost 35 years later and Roland is still a part of my life. I wonder if there will be another.....

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    Dane 05-14-12
    Dane 05-14-12
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    "The Wheel Turns"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    Revisiting and learning more about an old friend, Roland of Gillead. And I always love it when King reads his own works, he is a great story teller.


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    SHAWN PINSON, AL, United States 05-14-12
    SHAWN PINSON, AL, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "GREAT, as expected..."

    I was SO excited to hear that Mr. King had written another chapter in The Dark Tower series (you can arrange this one in your library as book number 4.5) and was not disappointed.

    It tells a story inside another story inside another story so it doesn't add much to journey of Roland, Jake, Eddie & Suzanna, but gives you more of Roland's background and life before his journey to the tower really began..

    The only thing I missed were the previous narrators of the other books (George Guidall & Frank Muller) but Mr. King did a good job.. I didn't notice after about 20 minutes in so it certainly didn't ruin the experience for me..

    EVERYTHING about it was fantastic... If you love The Dark Tower, GET IT...

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    Jed Washington Twp, MI, United States 05-14-12
    Jed Washington Twp, MI, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Rolands back!!! Well kind of..."
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I loved the Story about Tim and his adventure. I wish more of the book was about that adventure and maybe a little less about how he got there. It was a nice break from the normal tower adventure and I always love hearing about Roland's past.


    What other book might you compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to and why?

    This book reminded me of a mix between Wizard and Glass and The Legend of King Arthur. The plot rapidly takes the reader into Roland's past, as a young gunslinger. Unexpectedly, the book also turns into a trifecta of tales when one story enters another, and then another within those. The transitions were very good and fluid. I was never confused into thinking I had somehow fell into the confusing dream world of Inception.


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

    I have read about half of King's books and will continue to read them all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very excited when I heard about the new dark tower book as a King fan and Dark Tower nut. After I was done with the last Dark Tower, I felt empty and sad that the journey was over. As soon as I heard Rolands voice again, I had a tremor shoot up my spine. It was good to hear him again.


    Any additional comments?

    The only critisim I have about this book was the voice acting. Sorry Stephen... stick to the writing. I often listen in my car or on my phone and the volume was so low I couldn't hear with my windows down. When I could hear I couldnt pick out the voices between the four gunslingers. This was only confusing for about a chapter or two and I eventually got used to it.

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    TNTSparks 05-13-12
    TNTSparks 05-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A Constant Reader Delight"

    Stephen King has once again given the Constant Reader an excellent story through an addition to the Dark Tower Series. This is a must read/listen!!! It does not matter if you have not read the Dark Tower Series. This story can stand on its own. The story is told by Roland and provides answers to some of the questions that readers have been asking since the completion of the Series.

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    Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 05-13-12
    Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A nice story"

    It is a nice bedtime story. While I love Mr. King's writing his reading aloud is not my favorite!

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    usmillers 05-12-12
    usmillers 05-12-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "UGH! NO STEVEN DON'T READ IT!"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Oh yes, i LOVE the Dark Tower Series and have listened to it a dozen times.


    What other book might you compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to and why?

    ............. the ten oclock people


    How could the performance have been better?

    When we have listened to the series, 100 hours or so, we as 'constant listeners' are sooooo disappointed to have Steven read this book. It is all wrong, dialect, pronunciation, the flow of the story is all wrong. Steven even pronounces names 'wrong'..... through the whole book..... i sure do hope he gets George to Re-Read this! I would totally buy it again to have 'right'.....................


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

    no! hahahah


    Any additional comments?

    OH PLEASE PLEASE ENCOURAGE A RE READ BY GEORGE! THIS IS A GREAT STORY AND AM SOOOO HAPPY WITH THE STORY, JUST BUMMED AT THE STEVEN FOR A BAD NARRATION! UGH!

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