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The Wind Through the Keyhole Audiobook

The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

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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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    Gypsy SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 06-21-12
    Gypsy SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I will enter this world again many times over!"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    YES. The story is great! The Narrater holds you captive with each word. The author again takes you inside the worlds he walks in, not leaving you sitting on the sidelines watching the action.


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

    The ending sentence - whereas I kept flipping my ipod around trying to find the MORE button!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This rates up with the library I have of Listen to Again- which I will do before this year is out.


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

    Yes, I actually started the book in the evening, listening to the first 2 1/2 hrs. The next morning I got up early, told the world I just HAD TO get my garden in order, grabbed my thermos and spent the day outside. I actually DID get through the rest of the book that day, as I puttered around in my yard - an amazing day!


    Any additional comments?

    The day that I have NO new Stephen King stories to listen to will be one of the worst top 5 days of my life. In our house, he is like a treasured relative, and often the subject of conversations. Just waiting to begin the next!

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    rpglegal Cincinnati, OH USA 06-19-12
    rpglegal Cincinnati, OH USA 06-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A Story within A Story within A Story"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    No.. once was enough


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

    Ties in with the other Gunslinger books


    What three words best describe Stephen King’s voice?

    God Aweful!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story... especially Tim's ..

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    Kathryn Goldsboro, NC, United States 06-19-12
    Kathryn Goldsboro, NC, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy getting more into the lives of the characters.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    Roland's part.


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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-18-12
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Maybe King's Narration Is An Acquired Taste?"

    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.

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    katie 06-17-12
    katie 06-17-12
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    "Good story, and don't be put off by King narrating"

    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.

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    James E. Glenn Noblesville, IN, US 06-15-12
    James E. Glenn Noblesville, IN, US 06-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "King brings The Gunslinger back in grand fashion"

    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!

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    Tracey Hoover 06-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Like a trip home to Mid world"
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.


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

    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.


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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

    Lex

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    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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