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The Dark Tower I Audiobook

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba!

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves listeners eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

©1993, 2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center." (Milwaukee Sentinel)

"Brilliant, fresh and compelling - will leave you panting for more." (Booklist)

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    "should have been a short story"

    little of this book has any significance other than to convey the mood of the world. The story, when, it finally arrives in one burst of information, is intriguing and very nearly makes the previous monotonous reading worthwhile.

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    jon muir 07-11-17
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    Seriously confusing story. I've heard the other books are better. Don't know if this series is for me...

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    Just as I remembered it. It was good to hear it read to me. Sorry it's done.

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    He uses the word "sardonic" a lot. I was neither pleased, nor displeased with this story.

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    "I almost quit couple of times."

    At no point of the story I felt that I cared too much for the protagonist. I felt that the novellas with backstory were meant to tell me something, but the whole point was lost on me.

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    "Why is this a standalone book?"

    The book itself never seemed go anywhere (despite the fact that they were traveling for the entire book). Instead, any key event or plot point that happened was obviously setting up something that wouldn't resolve (or take any meaning) until a future book in the series.

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    "My favorite book."

    This is the first book of Stephen King's Magnum Opus. It is a combination of spaghetti western, occult, and science fiction all tied together by romantic and philosophical ideals.

    It is very short and gets very dark at certain points: this paired with the wonderful narration of George Guidall is why I believe all should give it a listen.

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    What disappointed you about The Gunslinger?

    This book was one of the most boring things I have ever experienced. I toughed it out because everyone said how great the series is. I almost quit several times because it was so slow. I did enjoy book 2 more than this one, so I'm glad I got through this. It was rough.


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    it was a good book, and I'll probably get the second one. but I wasn't fully into it.

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    "Book 1 of an Epic Tale"

    This is just the first book in one of the greatest stories ever written. This is a masterpiece. If the first book seems slow, be patient. Like all good epics, it takes time to play out the tale. But to me this book is not slow, it is gripping and detailed. Some of the genius will only come through to you with rereading the series at a later date.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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