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.
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.
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”…
I might, yes. I plan on listening to all the Dark Tower books again in order.
I enjoyed how the Man in Black made an appearance.
I think Stephen King did a better job reading this book then most are willing to give him credit. He did I good job with all the characters, but if I was to pick a favorite I would have to say young Roland.
If Stephen King happens to be reading this review, thank you for writing this book. Another story of Roland was an unexpected treat.
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.
Perhaps if I could have finished it! I couldn't stand King's narration so much, I gave up on the whole book. WASTED CREDITS! Beware....
Everything about Mr. King reading his own book was simply awful.
Very disappointed. Very.
Please realize that what you loved about the last books will be not be realized by listening to this one. Stephen King should stick with writing, and never EVER narrate again.
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.
Its the Dark tower whats not to like.
I love Mr King but not hes reading style. Where is Goerge Guildall?
Book? No the Dark tower needs a Movie. Better yet a mini series.
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