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
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Dark Tower 4.5 is a great listen. Mr. King???s imagination and wonderful story telling skills come alive in this tale of Gilead and young Roland. There is a story within the story which is where the cover art comes from. In it there are beasts, swamps, magic, evil, good and a young boy???s quest to rescue his mother from darkness. The Wind Through the Keyhole is more a glimpse of the world in and around Gilead than it is about Roland, Eddie and Suzanna. And while I still think of Frank Muller as the voice of the Dark Tower novels, Mr. King???s narration is very good. I very much recommend this for Dark Tower fans.
While King is no all-star narrator he really isn't that bad and does not detract very much at all from this audio book. I listened to the first four as a set up (3rd? time at least) and that was not necessary but it did let me stockpile some credits. This does not add much to Roland's story, but sheds some light. The story and the story within have connections that do not seem forced - some don't like the connections but I think within the other works that connect and the King as character later in the Tower series that the add a lot to the story(ies). Not sure if I'll finish them all again - hate to lose Oy again.
Putting books on the back burner.
I've been reading a lot of reviews that the narration is bad from Stephen King for this audio book. I have to disagree. Maybe I'm just used to of listening to Stephen King's voice, but I don't mind and really don't find him annoying. In many ways, it gives authenticity of the Dark Tower series.
Sure, King is nowhere close from the late Frank Muller (RIP), but I enjoy listening to King's voice. I've read all of his books and King has narrated a great number of his novels, such as Bag of Bones, On Writing, and many other of his short stories. By narrating more of his materials, the constant reader gets an insight of what characters should resemble in the author's imagination.
As for the story in "The Wind Through the Keyhole", it took me a while to get into the book. I have forgotten how complex the Dark Tower series and how Roland tells his story within another story. It's brilliant how all of his stories intertwined with each other and you finally get a bizarre outcome.
I felt soft hearted when I heard Roland, Eddie, Jake, Susannah, and Oy, again.
This is why we are "Constant Readers."
In order to comprehend the full story, one needs to read from book one (Gunslinger) and read the complete series.
The Dark Tower series is the best set of books that you will ever read and or, listen to.
yes,I would advise anyone thinking about becoming involved in the "Tower"series to read this one.
It ties a lot together.Gives depth to Roland's character.
his narative style is very addictive.The pronunciation was superb.
Come,let me tell you a story about a boy becoming a" man of his times"The tale will be tall.The deeds will be large.You will believe!!"
These were the stories Mr. King was born to write.They are the stories we long to hear!
The greatest thing about this book was narration by the author. The words were spoken as he envisioned them, and it made a huge difference for me. I loved it! To have the author read his story to you added another dimension to the Dark Tower saga.
The adventure the boy went on was riveting and especially loved him stepping right on a dragon.
Stephen King is amazing. How can he go back and insert this good a story into the Dark Tower series? It works, it adds to the series, but can also stand alone as a beautifully crafted story. He manages to add even more depth to Roland and Jamie, and fill in a few small holes along the way.
I enjoyed his performance, but sometimes you could tell he labored to make the voices different.
Roland's actions to comfort and protect the young victim in the story are very touching.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I enjoyed touching base with the old characters again and meeting some new ones. King has that special touch of creating people we love and hate and it can be almost magical to listen to one of his stories.
The story is a story within a story of a story that Roland's mum read to him when he was young. That story of Tim, the boy who sets out to find out the mystery of his father's death and the quest to save his mother is one of the best King has ever written.
I like Stephen King, I wish he would leave it to the pro's to read his stories. That said. he does a credible job and I enjoyed his reading better than other narrators who are professionals.
I did, but it was too long to do it. I did listen to it in 3 days so that is pretty fast for a 10 plus hour book.
The story itself is about 9 and a half hours long with an additional chapter of the Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, coming out sometime next year. King seems to read this one too. It sounds like a great book and has me anxious to hear the rest and see how little Danny Torrance survives with his special power.
Having read the rest of the series, I was somewhat dubious about this new book. I was wonderfully suprised. Don't miss out on this if you're a fan of the series. Also, don't be afraid to pick this up as a stand alone novel. The Wind Through the Keyhole is a credit well spent.
Avid reader and author of fantasy novels.
I enjoyed the return to mid-world and all of its mysteries. The chance to hear from Roland and his Ka-Tet one more time is amazing.
Simply the return to a well loved story, and those characters I have missed since the dark Tower 7. Some of the sequence involving Merlyn is pretty cool, that was one of the long gaps I had always been curious about.
I don't mind Stephen reading the story, and you can hear subtle differences in the characters and how they act and sound with Stephens own reading. Though I would have loved to hear Guidall read this one, as I came to know Roland and his group in Guidalls voice.
I loved the Tiger at the Dogan sequence, very cool tie in to the original series.
This is a great story and interesting to learn more of Roland and his life's history. I would have loved to have more story about Roland, Jake, Susana, and Eddie as their appearance is brief (by design). But this does not detract from the return to mid world. I hope there are yet more opportunities to vist Roland.....I say Thank Ya' !
The Wind Through the Keyhole brings us back to our favorite Tet along the beam, then takes us back to Roland's younger days (not long after his visit to Mejis). Within that story is another which opens up the legends of his world.
When King reads his own books, you really get to hear the 'voices' of each character; vocal inflection shows so much more than words on a page could ever hope to. I have copies of King reading the first three books of the Dark Tower Series (The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, and The Waste Lands). It would be wonderful if he could be talked into narrating the rest of the series.
King is always good for a chuckle.
One doesn't need to be familiar with the entire series to enjoy this book. Tower junkies will see the references to the other seven (not to mention how many other Stephen King books), but can easily stand by itself.
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