For listeners new to the Dark Tower saga, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.
This 'Russian doll' of a novel, a story within a story within a story, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. (The events of the novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.)
Roland tells a tale from his early days as a gunslinger, in 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: 'The Wind through the Keyhole.' 'A person's never too old for stories,' he says to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.' And stories like these, they live for us.Includes an exclusive audio extract of King's forthcoming novel Doctor Sleep.
©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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"A nice return to old friends but a bit superfluous"
I'd say it's fairly average and, although considered 4.5 in the 7 (now 8) book Dark Tower series, is a bit superfluous. I was hoping for more on Roland's life and past but it lacked in many ways.
I enjoyed reading about Roland's first assignment after Mejis and learning about Jamie de Curry. Roland is always going to be the main attraction of these books.
Stephen King narrated this himself. He doesn't do a bad job but when you listen to Grover Gardner, Frank Muller and George Guidall reading his books, King comes across as flat and like a teacher reading to the class in school.
Nothing particularly moved me but, considering the book is meant to be a Dark Tower book, the enjoyable fairy tale story just left me feel that the story could have been self contained and I would have preferred more on Roland and his Ka-Tet,
Two good stories, one inside the other, but should be apart. I'd have rather heard about Roland and his Ka-Tet than the fairy tale although it was relevant to what is going on with them. An average book really. If you include it as part of the Dark Tower series, you can easily miss it out and not miss anything and the worst of the 8. On its own standing, it's a decent book but not up to his other higher standard books. Probably for completists like myself.
"A great addition to the Dark Tower world"
I initially avoided this book as it wasn't part of the original seven books in the series, and imagined it would be a bit tacked on. When I got around to reading it, I was pleasantly surprised. This is actually one of the best books in the series, quite possibly the best except for the classic original novel. It's imaginative, draws together several compelling story lines, and to top it off, it's read by King himself. King always does an excellent job with narrating his own stories.
I felt this was a bit of a marketing ploy to milk more out of the Dark Tower. Not a lot happened and wasn't of any benefit to the other books in the series.
"a story within a story within a story..."
some have commented that they enjoyed the story but not the narration; although in my opinion Mr King is not the best narrator, his narration here works well. firstly this is a story within a large complicated multi- book work that takes place when Roland was young (and he is prety old now) involving characters we do not know. secondly, the main content is yet another story told by young Roland to another boy. this taken to consideration it sort of makes sence to have a young sounding storyteller... I enjoyed the story as i have all the rest of the saga and now miss the characters... sad I know but what can you do.
"Wind Through the Keyhole A Dark Tower Novel"
Hi I have read all the Dark Tower Novels Loved all of them including this Stephen King reads with the same inspiration that he writes brings the characters to life Love His books if you like the gunslinger well you must read this one keep them coming stephen
"Dark Tower worlds a must!"
The Dark Tower series has been a real find for me. I have been hooked from the very first page. If you like Stephen King you must read The Dark Tower series!
"a good insite"
A good book and nice for the dark tower series to keep running. The book isn't so much about Roland, Eddie, suse, and Jake. But gives you a bit of an insite in to the rolands world
"Needs a professional narrator"
Nothing wrong with the tale - as good as the rest of the Dark Tower but it is disappointing that a professional narrator (ideally George Guidall) was not used. Stephen is too monotone, however he isn't a complete disaster.
"unsure about authors narration."
Not keen on Stephen Kong's narration. Although he may give some insight into the characters tone, he is not a professional actor/reader so can sound a bit monotonous and mumbly! Will keep listening, he may get better.
"Great story, dreadful narration"
Another intriguing journey to Midworld. Loved the story but next time Steve - leave the narration to a professional. The reading was flat and droning with no emotion at all. If this audio is re-released with George Guidall narrating I will buy again.
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