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
Stephen King reads the whole story.... He is so monotone that I almost cant follow this 28 min into this and I dont want to continue.
I have read all of the other books in the Dark Tower series and enjoyed all of them. When the graphic novels started appearing on the market, I drew the line -- part of what was so great about this series was a sense of reality brought on by the large gaps in the readers' knowledge, and I did not want those gaps clumsily filled. For this reason, I was skeptical about this new Dark Tower 4.5, but it has far exceeded my expectations. It was a true pleasure to hear Stephen King tell the tale of Tim, a story Roland heard from his mother as a young child in Gilead. I found this particular gap in the Dark Tower series delightfully filled by his new narrative.
Plain and simple to get a DT novel again is great. Recently I listened to all the DT books and must say how disappointing it was going from Frank Muller to George Guirdell. Now since Mr.Muller had an accident and could no longer perform it made the whole thing even sadder yet understandable. However going from George to Stephen shows just how good George actually is which just goes to show Frank was,a Master storyteller. To Kings credit I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Bag of Bones narrated by him, but BoB delt with thoughts and dialogue mainlyof just 1 character, that King portrays quite well. However when he attempts a child, black women, new yorker, and gunslinger it really just becomes him reading a book. With the talent Frank Muller had now gone (Rip) I would have really loved to hear Raul Esparza who did magnificent with under the dome and I think might be right up there with F.M. Even George reprising his role would have been nice. Not sure why King read himself but I think there,are,a,few stories that King can do a good job with and this is not it. Atleast now when listening to all 8 books in order instead of loving the first four and being disappointed listening to the last 3 there will now be 4.5 in between which will totally kill the performance so once you get to 5 it will actually be more pleasant. Great story though without a doubt!
I thoroughly enjoyed every book in Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series, and was surprised to find this one brings us back to Mid-World. You could say it’s just a way for King to tell a couple of stories using familiar characters, but it’s clever and tightly woven and it works well. You need not have read the other Dark Tower books to enjoy this one, but having done so will make this a richer (and even nostalgic) experience.
Early in this book, Roland and his ka-tet encounter one of the strangest types of storms known to Mid-World -- a Starkblast. Riding it out inside a fire-lit cabin, the gang asks Roland for a story, and he responds with two…one nested inside the other.
King himself narrates this audiobook, and while serviceable, really makes me long for Frank Muller and George Guidall.
Anyway, if you miss Mid-World and you’re ready to once again walk the Path of the Beam, “Once upon a bye, before your grandfather’s grandfather was born”…
Maybe just barely above average.
Can't think of any one thing in particular.
Stephen King is by far one of the best authors in modern day fiction, but he should really consider letting someone else read his books.
That's tough, being that this is a pretty in-depth series. I'd have to think really hard on that.
As I mentioned above, King is one of the best in the business. I know he doesn't take criticism well and can be stubborn, but I: a. really wish he would stop narrating his audiobooks, and b. would quit letting people butcher his stories on both television and the big screen. Sorry, that's just how I feel.
Member since 2000,685 rated,1055 in library,52 bought in 2015
This was like starting with "The Gunslinger" again. This story has the same feeling of fresh adventure. As another great storyteller once described this type of story, this is the plausible.impossible.
Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!
King says in a forward that he was suprised to find that Roalnd and his friends still had stories to tell. I, for one, could not be happier. This story take place on the road, just after the Emerald City. It neither adds nor detracts from the series but it is an intriguing story of Roland's youth. I hope Big Steve hears more through the keyhole and there are more adventures.
I would not listen to this book again, although I might read it. I tend to listen to books I like over and over again, but Mr. Kings narration is not good. The story is wonderful, and I would like to get more out of it, but it's just not possible with his read.
I liked the "story within a story" format, which Mr, King has used before. Of course, I am a huge fan of The Dark Tower series, so I enjoyed my time with Roland and his Ka-Tet.
I'm so sorry that Mr. King chose to read this book himself. He's a wonderful writer, but a very poor audio performer. His voice, which is not a pleasant voice anyway, and the way that he performed the story was very distracting and actually put me to sleep several times, which never happens when I listen to a Stephen King novel!
If you like Stephen King, you will enjoy this story. However, beware that the author has done his own wonderful novel a disservice by reading it himself.
I have not read the print version but I sure did enjoy listening to "Sai" King read this wonderful book to me.
I loved the story within the story, within the story. I tired to make the listen last but I just couldn't stop myself from going right back to it whenever I had a free moment.
I always love Roland but there were some ofther fun, new characters in this Dark Tower book. I liked the widow and, of course, stout- hearted Tim, and who doesn't love Oy, the billy-bumbler!
I enjoyed the part where Tim allows the Tiger to live and frees him from the cage. They go on to survive the starkblast together and then what a great moment when the tiger reverts to his human form (I won't do a spoiler here by telling you who this is - you'll have to listen!)
Stephen King is such a wonderful story teller. I hope that he is taking care of his health so that we have more books like this one to look forward to (no walking down busy roads, please, Uncle Stevie!) Buy this audiobook - you will not be sorry, whether you are a fan or a first time King listener.
As I said in the title of this review, I finished this story in one day. I was filled with a nervous excitement at the prospect of a new Dark Tower book, I just couldn't see how King was going to fit a book in between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. To my great relife he didn't try. While this book starts off after the ka tet has left the Green Palace, the story itself is a tale of Roland's youth mixed in with a really cool fairy tale, slightly reminiscent of King's first fairy tale effort, Eyes of the Dragon.
I was pleased and relieved that this wasn't any longer of a tale, nor did it try to place any new aspects of the Dark Tower series within it. Not that you need to hear it from me, but nice work Mr. King.
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