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
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?)
Dystopian. I want more!
Nostalgic, Awesome, and Exciting
Wizard and the Glass Maybe it is really its own book.
Monotone slow emotionless
Finding the old teacher lady dead in the living room.
It was a great book but it just wasn't for King to read. But I would recomend it to a friend and have.
Yes I would listen to it again. I crave every little tidbit of info on middle world and this book has new and juicy specifics that aren't in any of the other Tower books.
Tim's trip along the beam during the Starkblast.
Gunslingers are made, not born.
An adequate story.
Mr. King's motone and drag lisp really detract from the story
Reissue please with a professional reader
Yes. I loved the story and the characters -- and I enjoyed how he described the surroundings. It felt magical to me. I know people are dissapointed in the narration, but we have to lose our expectations and just enjoy the story. I remember being completely po'd when George started narrating because to me nobody compares to Frank..and George did not do the character voices very good in my opinion.So just love the story, because it is marvelous. And Mr. King is a brilliant story teller.I'm still waiting for another Dark Tower book...but one that picks up where the last one left off.
Absolutely. The story within a story style was great, and I can imagine listening to the story of Tim Stoutheart over and over.
The other 7 books of the Dark Tower (Obviously), but mostly The Eyes of the Dragon. It has a similar feel and construction, and would even work as a stand-alone 'fairy' tale if you take the time to explain some of the specifics to a younger reader.
The big reveal at the climax of Tim's story. Won't say more, don't want to spoil it.
Yes. I listened to this on a drive for work and found myself having several 'Driveway' moments where I sat in the car and listened long after I arrived at my destination for the day.
I can understand the dislike of Stephen King's narration, but for me it was wonderful. I had the original 3 Dark Tower books on cassette tape back in the early 90's, and I wore out a set listening to them over and over. King always prefaced the tapes by reminding the listener that he wasn't 'a trained narrator', but that he felt one could gain a perspective on the story by having it read by its author. I agree completely. This book, On Writing, Bag of Bones, Blood & Smoke, even the bits of Hearts in Atlantis and Rose Madder that he reads have been among my favorites for years. Nothing against Guidell and Muller; they are fine narrators in their own right. But King is a personal favorite, and I for one wish that he would take me through the rest of Mid-World with his own take on the text :)
I liked the story within a story. I probably would call this book 4.5 more like 4.1.
It has less to do with the current situation in midworld and more about Rolands past.
While it was fun, especially the Wind in Through the Keyhole story that Roland tells, it just didn't feel relevant to the whole series overall. This would have been really good as one of the graphic novels that are currently ongoing.
As for Stephens narration, it wasn't awful but it was flat. I miss the feel that the other narrators gave to it.
Like others have said, it may be work actually buying the book. The only cool thing this has over the book is a chapter from the Shining sequel at the end.
If you like King you'll enjoy this, especially if you are a Dark Tower fan.
Middle of the path of the beam ("road").
I'm with the rest of the reviews, although not as bad. I thought King did an average job of narration. I don't know why "a professional" did not do it, bit I was a little disappointed.
The book takes place in Mid-world, but it's hardly a deep story travelling with the Ka-tet we are all friends with. The book truly does stand on it's own, which is good, but I didn't lose myself in the story as I did with the other books in the series. I think because it's an introduction to all these new characters that I don't have a history with.
There's about 40 minutes of "advertisements" (previews of other books) at the end of the book. I hate that. It wouldn't have changed my buying of the book, but that's not mentioned anywhere in the description. If they are going to do it, make it another file I can chose not to download,
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