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
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.
Loved the story and the trip back to Gillead, but Sai King can't do it all. The narration wasn't on par with the quality of the story. I look forward to buying this in print and re-reading it.
Absolutely not. Narration was sub par so I had to take breaks. The story was good enough that I enjoyed thinking about it when I took breaks.
This was a little different from the black tower series but it was nicely done and provided some insight to earlier years.
Another glimpse into the life and adventures of Roland Deschain.
The retelling of Roland's childhood story, being told by Roland...what an adventure.
Very grateful King provided another book to the Dark Tower Series and a great one at that. I was enthralled from the beginning. King's story telling abilities are amazing and listening to this book was like taking place in an adventure.
Stephen King's reading talents aren't quite top notch, I would have rather the book have been read by George Guidall, but it is nice to know that the delivery is exactly what King intended (since he wrote for the character).
Great book, great listen!
Hottie who can read!
Its pretty good but not the best.
Its a pretty decent companion to the Dark Tower Series.
Boring and monotone. Could barely make it through.
I ended up loving this series so yes; with the proviso that the whole series is read. I believe SK wants this one filed after the Wolves of Calla.
At one point I thought I am wrapped up in a story within a story within a story and loving every minute of it.
Hmm, not sure; but he is getting better at narrating his own stories. I do miss George Guidall.
I love Stephen King's writing and ability to flesh out the characters. I was resistant to this series and did not listen to them for a while. I'm glad I finally broke down and got into these.
The rest of the series was narrated so wonderfully that having to listen to King was almost unbearable.
The stories that Roland tells in this book as the katet is sitting out the starkblast are like mini novels that are easy to lose yourself in. King is the king of full, likeable characters and monstrous villains. The people are so believable, it is like hearing from old friends again. I didn't want this book to end- and have listened to it several times. And since King narrates the book, it is especially good.
Tis book might be compared to The Wastelands because the adventures told in it are so complex.
My favorite scence is when the boy meets and frees the tiger.
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