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
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.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
I loved the Gunslinger series and the character Roland of Gilead. I was so excited for a new book. And this does not disappoint. In this story Roland tells his katet a story from his past. Stephen King is a wonderful reader. I could not stop listening.
Yes I really liked the story but missed the narrator who got me hooked George Guidall
Its a story within a story
Maybe if it was a stand alone I have like his narration on other books
That would be great
Keep on writing your a great Author
I love the Dark Tower series and miss the characters!! Wish it was longer!!!
Susannah is my favorite!! She is fierce and soft at the same time
Yes.. unlike some of the reviewers of his performance I rather enjoyed his reading
The tiger turning into Merlin
Good read if you like the series
It's Steven King there is a good story here and I liked it.
I guess i didn't like the fact thst you could listen and not have any idea of the Dark Tower series. That should tell you how much involvement the 4 main characters have.
It's been many years since I traveled with Roland through Midworld, and I relished the chance to return.
This story ties well with the original series in place and characters, but had a slightly different feel and I say this in a good way. It came across a little more personal as we are treated to a glimpse into Roland's early childhood, his relationship with his parents, and his earliest days as a Gun Slinger.
The layers of stories within a story, blended so perfectly together, again shows the masterful writing of King. Other reviews have found his narration a bit flat, but I found it to add to the more personal feel of this story.
My sincere thanks to the author for his many years of great work and freely admit my selfish enjoyment of it all.
I am disappointed that Stephen King chose to read this novel on his own voice. Other readers are better than him. At least he could have pronounced Roland's last name the way I was used to it already.
Previous narrators have done a great job. Stephen King reads with no warmth and no "pull" of the listener into the story.
Maybe others will like this more than me, but I felt unhappy I even got started with this one. I put it down about an hour into it, just disgusted with it. I guess the characters' dialogue annoyed me "back then" too, but hearing them again -- and this time in Stephen's voice -- annoyed me more than ever, and made me not want to stick around to see how the plot went.
Not a good voice for narration. Stick to writing.
This book is appropriate as a stand alone story or to the devoted reader a deeper look into the Dark Tower series. The story was delightful.
The Widow Smack was my favorite character, there seems to be more to the Widow than what can be seen (or not) beneath the veil. It makes me wonder where she came from, what happened to her and why she ended up in Tree.
Stephen's skill as a narrarator continues to grow with time, his voice now to me is like a comforting old friend..... his voices and characters are given deeper and richer life by his writing and through his spoken word.
As these books accompany me during a total of 4 hours a day in traffic to and from work, it would have to be a heck of a traffic jam if I were to listen to all 7 hours in one sitting. There were times during the book, that I sat in the car waiting for a break in the story or the end of a chapter, as I was too engaged to simply stop.
Stephen King's Dark Tower Series is one that continues to unfold, even though we all know how it turns out in the end, the fact that it never ends is as enchanting as the twists, turns and connections with his other stories........
I enjoy listening to Stephen King read his own books. He is not the best actor but he knows what he was seeing in his brain and he makes it come across.
I found the story within the story to be very well done. This fairy tale could have stood alone as a book. I'm not sure that he needed to insert it into Rowland telling a story, but all in all I really enjoyed it. If you enjoyed the other books in the Dark Tower series then this is a must listen.
Stephen's narration makes this unlistenable. Why not keep with Guidal??
Love his books, and have enjoyed the various narrators. This one ruins the experience. But I will buy it in hard copy because I love the ka-tet.
Anywhere Stephen reads.
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