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
This was a little different from the black tower series but it was nicely done and provided some insight to earlier years.
Another glimpse into the life and adventures of Roland Deschain.
The retelling of Roland's childhood story, being told by Roland...what an adventure.
Very grateful King provided another book to the Dark Tower Series and a great one at that. I was enthralled from the beginning. King's story telling abilities are amazing and listening to this book was like taking place in an adventure.
Stephen King's reading talents aren't quite top notch, I would have rather the book have been read by George Guidall, but it is nice to know that the delivery is exactly what King intended (since he wrote for the character).
Great book, great listen!
Hottie who can read!
Its pretty good but not the best.
Its a pretty decent companion to the Dark Tower Series.
Boring and monotone. Could barely make it through.
I ended up loving this series so yes; with the proviso that the whole series is read. I believe SK wants this one filed after the Wolves of Calla.
At one point I thought I am wrapped up in a story within a story within a story and loving every minute of it.
Hmm, not sure; but he is getting better at narrating his own stories. I do miss George Guidall.
I love Stephen King's writing and ability to flesh out the characters. I was resistant to this series and did not listen to them for a while. I'm glad I finally broke down and got into these.
The rest of the series was narrated so wonderfully that having to listen to King was almost unbearable.
The stories that Roland tells in this book as the katet is sitting out the starkblast are like mini novels that are easy to lose yourself in. King is the king of full, likeable characters and monstrous villains. The people are so believable, it is like hearing from old friends again. I didn't want this book to end- and have listened to it several times. And since King narrates the book, it is especially good.
Tis book might be compared to The Wastelands because the adventures told in it are so complex.
My favorite scence is when the boy meets and frees the tiger.
Say something about yourself!
A professional narrator would have made a big difference.
I have most of the books written by King.
King is a great writer but a lousy narrator. He was monotone and was not dramatic in the reading.
I was sad about the audiobook. A different narrator would have made the book a better experience.
I love it when Stephen King reads his own books. Others might read it better, but there is something special about an authors reading their own books.
Great read, hard to put down. Sorry when it was over.
I wish I would have stayed with the print version. It would have been far less distracting.
I enjoy every trip to mid-word, King's ability to provide a great story never disappoints.
King's skill is in writing. His inability to narrate a story becomes distracting and the characters manage to come off lifeless and flat. It made it difficult to focus on enjoying the experience.
Stick with the print version and enjoy a wonderful chapter in "The Dark Tower"
I really enjoyed this book and didn't even mind Stephen King's narration. It was different than how George narrated the previous books, but I don't think that made it bad. Maybe it's just me, but Stephen's reading of Bag of Bones is one of my very favorites.
Honestly, anything that will bring more time and more stories to this collection, I am all for it.
This constant reader says thanks!
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