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The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower | [Stephen King]

The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen 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.
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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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    Holly Acton, MA 05-08-12
    Holly Acton, MA 05-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, not enthralling"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like King you'll enjoy this, especially if you are a Dark Tower fan.


    If you???ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Middle of the path of the beam ("road").


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mugirl113 New Bern, NC 05-08-12
    mugirl113 New Bern, NC 05-08-12
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    "Not a bad story, but terrible narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was good for what it was. A story within a story within a story.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen King’s performance?

    He is a very flat reader. I never felt like he was portraying the character's emotions properly. If you have listened to a good narrator then you almost cringe when listening to King read.


    Do you think The Wind Through the Keyhole needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could be followed up with another book. It would be interesting to learn more about the young boy's life outside of his small town.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it wasn't a bad story. Once it actually got to the main part of the book I enjoyed it a great deal. I could have done without the beginning with Roland and gang and just started this book from where the main story was knowing it was based in the Dark Tower universe. This could have been book 1.5 or 5.5. The placing of this book in a chronological place in reference to the main dark tower series is irrelevant really. He could have had Roland sitting by a camp fire at the end of book 1 and him just remembering this story and it would have been the same for me as spending an hour listening to Roland and the Katet make their way to a shelter and then having Roland tell the story. But then again I'm not an author. King does a good job and I'm a big fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 05-08-12
    Debra 05-08-12
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    "The benefits of author read books..."
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    Unlike many here, I got my start in the dark tower series on audio listening to Mr. King narrate the first 3 novels in the series. The change in narrator back then was extremely hard for me, although George does a great job, so to me listening to Wind through the Keyhole was like old home week! I enjoy hearing the author add in the inflection, personalities and pronunciation as he intended when writing the characters...even though he is not a "professional" voice, he does a credible job of distinguishing the characters.

    I love the story within a story format and it was wonderful to have this visit with our old friends; Roland, Eddie, Suz, Jake and Oi.


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

    I listened to Mr. King read the first three Dark Tower books and enjoy his performances. He retained the "voice" of the characters as I rememberd them for so long ago.


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    Amazon Customer Minnesota, USA 05-07-12
    Amazon Customer Minnesota, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2013

    Nothing like a great audio book. Nothing worse than a bad book - audio or otherwise.

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    "I Don't Get It"

    I don't understand why there is so much terrible reaction to King's reading of The Wind Through The Keyhole. I really liked the book, and am a big fan of the series. Maybe it's just me, but I really like to listen to Stephen King read his books, and I think his reading of this was very good. I love George Guidell's work too, by the way. Anyway, that's my humble opinion. I sincerely hope that there are many more returns to The Dark Tower series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Tipton, IN, United States 05-07-12
    Joe Tipton, IN, United States 05-07-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Welcome back to the world of the Beam...."

    Let's get this out of the way right up front. Stephen King's narration does NOT ruin the book. In fact he might be the only person who can pull off following the legendary performances of the previous narrators.

    It's not as action driven as all the other volumes of the Dark Tower series and that might initially turn some people off to this gem. I found it to be a welcome return to the land of the Beam. It's really a story within a story within the story.... as confusing as that sounds it's really not.

    It has some beautiful word play beyond the language of the Gunslinger series and I found one passage in particular quite nice.

    ‘Time is a keyhole, he thought as he looked up at the stars. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do – the wind that blows through the keyhole – is the breath of all the living universe.’

    Now that is King at the top of his craft in my opinion. Let's hope the Mr. King has many more intricate "little" Dark Tower stories. I for one cannot wait, say thankee sai.

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    Tracey Georgetown, TX, United States 05-07-12
    Tracey Georgetown, TX, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad narration."
    What did you like best about The Wind Through the Keyhole? What did you like least?

    Stephen King is an awesome writer but not a good narrator. Interesting story at least.


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    Tracey Mixon 05-07-12
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    "Bad narration."
    What did you like best about The Wind Through the Keyhole? What did you like least?

    Stephen King is an awesome writer but not a good narrator. Interesting story at least.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Winford Houston, TX, United States 05-06-12
    Winford Houston, TX, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "King Should Stick to Writing."

    The story is really very good.

    The first Dark Tower audiobooks had a fantastic narrator. The guy who read the last two in the series was weak. He changed some of the pornounciations and the characterizations were too different.

    King must have figured he couldn't do any worse.
    He was wrong.

    Having said all that, the obvious King story telling talent still shines through his mediocre narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stihl1 05-06-12
    Stihl1 05-06-12
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    "Irrelevant Strike Out"

    While it's nice to read about the Dark Tower series characters again, this story is pretty much irrelevant to the series and inconsequential to the quest of our old friends. King's reading is lackluster and boring, and I almost fear for his health after listening to him drone on for 10 hours. The reading is uninspired, and they made a huge mistake not getting George Guidell to reprise his narration on the book. I would think that so long after the series came to an end, writing another book would mean a story of consequence or something that pertains to the series. And if King feels the need to write about Roland's past adventures, something relevant to the DT quest would be nice. Honestly, I'd save your $$ and not bother with this offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick2035 Portland, OR 05-05-12
    Patrick2035 Portland, OR 05-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed King's performance"
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    Feels like a visit home for Christmas...family and visits to old friends


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I was originally put off by all the negative reviews of King's performance. But after I began to listen, I found that I enjoyed his voice and characters. Sure, it may not be to level of other professional voice artists, but it is his story, and there is a pleasure in listening to the story creater interpreting his own words.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story and the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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