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
I thoroughly enjoyed this new edition to the old Dark Tower series. Honestly, at first I was a little sceptical. It's been many years since I've read the series and I wasn't looking forward to having to figure out or remember who all the characters where. Not to worry, rather than focusing on expanding the story of "present day Roland" the reader gets a chance to delve deeper into Roland's past and also learn more of the history and lore of Stephen King's hard tack, dieing world. This is also a stand alone book, so if you haven't read the dark series, you can listen to this just fine. Stephen King share at the beginning a couple of points that will bring you up to speed.
The book is broken down into three stories starting with "present day Roland" and going back further and further into the history of Gilead. I found the way Stephen King formed these "stories within stories" very interesting. It was like going into a sleep or trance state only to come back out refreshed and ready to see another story (one that was still pulling in the back of your mind) come to and end.
I've read (not listened to) the Dark Tower Series, so I didn't come in with a certain narrator in mind. However, I know from other series how frustrating it can be when a new narrator (in this case Stephen King himself) comes in with a new voice. Not being attached to a narrator in that way, I found King's performance very good. What started out a little monotone opened up as the book progressed. Also, there's something interesting in hearing the author speak the accents he's created. I felt I got a better understanding of the history and lore hearing it straight from the Author's lips.
One last thing. There's a preview of Stephen Kings next book. Which means the story ends several chapters before you think it will if you're just looking down at your MP3 player. For me it was Ch. 14 out of 20 in the second download. Just a forewarning... I was expecting another 6 chapters and was like "wait... no... it's over!?"
Took ma about 45 minutes to finally stop hearing King's voice and start listening to the story.
First what i didn't like. The wrapper.
the 4 tolling down the yellow brick road eating samitches and watching the bumbler wig out. Seemed to set up.
2nd thing i didn't care for was the story about the salties. that seemed thin to me.
What i absolutely loved was the inner story! it was fantastic. i could listen to a whole 30 hours of these fairy tales. wish WTKH was just that. about 7 kick ass little stories.
I appreciate the one, just was hoping for more. yes i am greedy,
Nice treat at the end was the first chapter to the follow up of the Shinning.
very much looking forward to it.
Over all, defiantly worth the credit.
The story had nothing to do with the Dark Tower other than a mention, a little this and that , then a short story named The Wind Through The Keyhole. After there is a 45 min add for his next book.
As far as the characters go, I think the tiger was the best , laid back and taking it easy, just making the most of the hole in the cage. That was the hidden agenda of this book wasn't it?
King is a great voice for his work, as the writer he understands the story but his age shows thru in this one. Still I always enjoy his stories more when he reads them.
The Keyhole was a good listen but the first part and the last could have been cut, this should have been 7hrs not 10
I think there might have been a contract that needed to be filled and this short story was streeeeched to fill it. It could have stood on its' own, as I said about 7hrs worth. This is not one I would spend another credit for, if I wanted an add I could watch T.V.
Yes, if they had read at least the first 4 books of the series. I think it fits well in the series, but just picking it up first could be a little confusing, and may throw the readers off of what the rest of the books are like.
Tim's travel through the endless forest
A lot of people are giving this book a bad review because Stephen King himself narrates it. I felt that he did a good job, and I loved the story. It was get back into a story about Roland and his ka-tet. It is odd how much you almost miss characters in a book when you are done reading it and you know the adventure is over. I think Mr. King did a great job in taking us back to Mid-World without messing up the rest of the story. I wouldn't mind if he did it a few more times.
I will for sure listen to it again, I could not stop listening.
This was a pretty short book, but it was very well done. Don't expect a lot of new material from Roland and his gunslingers as there is not much. The book is mostly composed of two long short stories, one of them is the book's namesake and another is a new story about Roland when he was younger.I was THRILLED to have Stephen King read this book, he is an amazing story teller even if he does not have the talent of some of the usual narrators, he made it magic. He did a much better job then he did with Needful Things (although I enjoyed him listening to that one as well). The sneak peak at Doctor Sleep was great too, can't wait for it.
A story within a story, both great.
Although you do have the Master himself reading to you, Mr. King is not a narrator.
I loved it! I will be listening/reading again.
Unlike some of the other folks in the review pool, I actually really love to hear King read his own stuff. He's my favorite to listen to now that Frank Muller is gone- though the fellow who read Duma Key, John Slattery, also was really a great narrator. This story was a wonderful trip back to the Dark Tower, and I loved the story in a story aspect of it- the tale itself had some nice little peeks into many of King's other stories, even a little "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" flavor to it. I'm loving how SK as an old fellow writes- now that I'm an old girl myself- past all the Bachman-like hammer stuff and on to whimsical, supernatural/fantasy stuff- Loved as well the first look at the "Shining" sequel. Well worth my credit! Keep them coming, Mr. King!
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