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
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.....
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.
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...
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.
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.
I have read about half of King's books and will continue to read them all.
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.
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.
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.
Oh yes, i LOVE the Dark Tower Series and have listened to it a dozen times.
............. the ten oclock people
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'.....................
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!
Think this is a werry good and captivating story..
I went true the book in shortest possible time. and that is often a good sign.
Ince to heare from jake, susanna, roland, oy ,eddie and all the others in midworld.
I hope there are more stories like this in the future..
And just to say .. I think Mr. Stephen King makes a good job narating this book
of cause he is no muller or guidall, but he is easy to listen to, and i have herded a lot
worse from other pro narrators..
So just keep them coming Stephen..
All of the previously released darktower.. a good story
I like the typical stephen king description of the gory,, stuff
The central story, about Tim Stoutheart and his adventures and bravery. The magic and beauty are everything every fairytale should ever be.
In the Dark Tower series my favorite character is Oy because of his undying love and loyalty. In this particular story, though, it was the Tyger - and I'll say no more so as not to reveal anything I shouldn't!
It is true that Stephen King is not the best of narrators simply because he is a writer and not an actor, but I do think he does a much better job than many reviews have given him credit for. I like how he reads young characters, so in this book I'd have to say Bill Streeter - the boy in the intermediary of the 3 stories. Also, it was very interesting to hear his (SK's) take on Randall Flagg! Scary!
This is the first time I read anything for the first time about Jake, Susannah, Eddie, Roland, and Oy while already knowing how it "all turns out" so each thing they said was very poignant. I can't say more without revealing what happens in the greater Dark Tower saga, but let's just say their interactions took on a greater meaning for knowing what was to come.
Give Steve a break! He has a strong accent from Maine (probably cuz that's where he is FROM) and the fact is he reads his stories very well. Those who say he is entirely monotone - are you really listening? He's absolutely not! And I appreciate his not attempting to do accents he can't do more than the narrator of Under the Dome who just mangles all the accents. I like listening to him narrate his own books and hope he does more. (besides I can still hear Eddie in Frank Muller's awesome Brooklyn accent no matter who reads him and how, so what else do I need?)
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