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 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.
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I thought Steven King did a good job reading the tale. It was a little disconcerting you hear someone else's voice reading the dark tower but he did fine. The story is awesome, and now I will buy the next one in the series! :-)
ithought it was a great book as an addition to the gunslinger series definitely ok
I loved the story. I wasn't sure if it would grab me like the rest of the series, but it did!
Stephen King's reading of his work was awful. He is so monotone, and rarely tried to give a different voice to his characters. When he did try to make a character sound distinct, it was comical. I don't think that was the desired result...
I truly enjoyed this book, but it desperately needs a new narrator.
After reading some of the reviews I was hesitant to order this book. I am glad I did. I enjoyed it very much. While Stephen Kings voice is different than the narrator's in the Gunslinger series, he did a great job with this story. My advice is to judge it for yourself.
I read this title after reading books 1-7, and while I enjoyed it a lot, there were definitely parts that were of greater interest than others. I would definitively say that this title is not on the same level as books 3 or 7, but it is nonetheless a great addition to King's world. Greatest drawback to this recording is that King reads it. An excellent storyteller he may be, but a voice actor he is not. Especially coming off of the first seven books' audio versions, this will be a hard transition for some listeners.
All said, however, I still recommend this title. More insight into an ever-growing world, and a return to some unexpected characters.
This is "Dark Tower Lite" and that's a good thing! King crafts a series of nested tales which are nicely dovetailed one to the next.
"The wind through the keyhole" is an add on to a great epic tale. We get to take a deeper look into the folk lore of characters we've grown to love.
Stephen King reads this one himself and although I've enjoyed listening to him before. This book could have really gained a lot from having a professional reader like Geogre Guidall or Frank Miller . They bring so much to every character as well as .
I read the whole series and then discovered this little gem that fit in the middle. no matter , I missed all the characters and was glad to visit them again, all though, they are not the main players this time. enjoyed so much I plan to read (listen) again down the road.
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