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
Sorry, I think following a question and answer format is a waste of my time. Likewise the comments on the narrator. If the story is so bad you can not lose yourself in it and forget the narrator it is not worth the listen.
This is the first SK I have read in a while that I liked. Not as much as the original DT series but still good. I saw it described as a prequel but it is more a side track off the original story line. It's another small dose of the imagery that hooked me in the original series. This telling makes me remember how much I loved the Stephen King that wrote Black House, The Talisman, and the Dark Tower series. Maybe he is still round after all. BTW, the sneak of Chapter One of The Shinning sequel was great as well. Dr. Sleep appears to be more in the right direction.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
This was a great book, and I loved how it fit into the exisiting Dark Tower series. The idea of a story inside a story inside a stroy was incredibly well executed. Some of my friends didn't care for Stephen King's narration; however, I thought he was terrific. I always prefer listening to the author because you can hear exactly how the author imagined the words to be said. I would highly recommend this book to anyone--even if they haven't read any of the other Dark Tower books.
This book was boring. It added nothing to the overall story. I have read all of SK's books, and this one did not make the cut. Come on Stephen, you must have another book on the caliber of The Green Mile. I know you do.
Yes, anything he writes.
Nearly anyone. I love your writing Stephen, but please leave the reading to someone else.
the narration. King can be ok at times - i do like some of his narration but he really should have let George Guidell do this one. It was my least favorite readings of his audio books.
The transformation of the skin man.
read the book if you can, it is a great story though doesn't really add to the DT story much. It just stands really well on it's own. And lest hope that it is re-recorded like some of Kings other books.
I love magic, fantasy and mystery! I hate sterotypical female characters and the authors who are stupid enough to create these characters!
I was very disappointed that this book went backward instead of forward in the story of the Dark Tower, however, it is a WONDERFUL short stack of stories within the Dark Tower story. When I listen to this series again, I'll listen to it before Wolves of the Calla instead of after.
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
Yes, a lot of info and background into the world created by Mr King. The language used needed some getting used to ... I'll listen again just to make sure I didn't miss anything before moving on in the series!
A section where the young gunslinger meets a tribe who help him even though they don't speak the same language.
The young boy who ends up becoming a gunslinger inspite of his own doubts and fears.
In a place where worlds meet, the gunslingers of the old west still keep the peace!
I feel Stephen, who is my favorite a writer in this genre, must have pulled this one out of his "holding" bag. Not much of a story. Audio screwed up. Wish I had my credit back. Will look at future Roland adventures with a jaundiced eye. King is worthy of SO much better.
Should have gotten a better narrator. John Lee, etc Roy Dotrice probably wouldn't have done it. Frank Muller would be my first choice, but his marvelous voice has been silenced by fate .
Not that many to choose from.
Stephen, you owe me a credit.
Great story as usual from Sai King but his voice is like nails on a chalk board to me. Worth the listen but I hope he lets the pros read his books in the future.
As an avid fan of Stephen King's outstanding fantasy series, The Dark Tower, I enjoyed peeking through the keyhole into Roland's early days as a gunslinger in the "world that had moved on." As usual, King seduces the reader with his masterful manipulation of the English language. No matter if the reader is reading the book or listening to it, she becomes so immersed that the division between the written word and reality thins.
I find it difficult to select a favorite character because they are so vivid and real. Each one draws the reader forward into whatever tale is being told.
King knows and loves his characters. As a result, he understands what they sound like and feel. Through King's skillful reading, the characters leap from the pages and into the homes of the reader/listeners. Each one owns a particular and distinct voice that only King can reproduce in its fulness.
My house sparkled and my garden bloomed weed-free as I used every opportunity to listen to this engaging tale.
Stephen King is often dismissed as a writer of horror fiction; yet he has not written or published in this genre since the 1980s. Most of his significant later books explore the nature of good and evil through stories drawn from every day possibilities. I have been a King fan since the beginning and his books become more complex with each passing year. I use his fiction to teach writing and critical thinking because he has such a superior grasp of language construction. He invites the reader in and gently closes the door.
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