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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Brett
  • United States
  • 09-16-13

A must for fan's of the "Dark Tower" series!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to be better than the print version?

Not a big fan of this question as it distracts from what readers really want to know... was the story good?The answer to that was yes. I loved this story. I have read all the "Dark Tower" stories and this one ranks up there as one of my favorites. It is a great addition to the story of Roland.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is another question I don't care for. Knowing who my favorite character is will not help the reader determine whether or not they should listen to this audiobook or not. Instead I will say this: Some of the "Dark Tower" books were not really well thought out or executed. There, I said it. Sorry. I am a huge Stephen King fan but I just did not care for "Song of Susannah" that much. Well, rest assured, this is not another "Song of Susannah" book. It was a much better addition to Roland's tale.

What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

Although I don't believe Stephen King's voice is built for narration, I have to say that I thought he did well with this book. I can see where an author reading his own work can be beneficial to portraying the characters and story line in the right light, but it is not always the best way to create a well liked, well received audiobook. This time I think it worked. Kudos to Stephen King on this one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm not big on going into details about emotion... but I will say that this book moved me. I was just thrilled to be able to return to the land of Roland and reunite with the characters one more time. It was like meeting up with old friends one last time. I look forward to another book like it in the future.

Any additional comments?

I grew up with the "Dark Tower" series. I started the first book when I was a Tween. I fell in love with Roland's world and the way that it entertwined with the real world that I live in. This book could possibly stand on its own but I would highly recommend that readers experience the "Dark Tower" series as they were intended, in order from beginning to end.

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Amazing addition to the Dark Tower Series

Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

Yes, I would listen again because I was engulfed into the story withing 15 minutes. It was like slipping into your all time favorite jeans after not seeing them for years! Stephen King is my all time favorite writer, the Dark Tower Series is my all time favorite series (almost of all his books are referenced, like a SK universe) and it is actually read by Stephen King, himself--AWESOME!

What did you like best about this story?

A new insight to the life of a beloved character... it was amazing to know that he was forgiven for the single act he regretted the most!

What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

His performance was done with such passion, he has brought these characters into life in such vivid detail not only in writing, but in the reading, a true gem for the Constant Reader!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! It was hard to get work done, because all I wanted to do was get back to it! And I so wanted to go back for more when it was done.

Any additional comments?

I hope the Dark Tower universe continues to pull Stephen King back...

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  • Ryan
  • DENVER, CO, United States
  • 08-28-13

A must read for The Dark Tower Series fanatics

There was no question that I was going to read this book when I found out of it's existence but I read the reviews anyway. I have heard Stephen King narrate many of his short stories but that was before I heard Guiddal. I have to agree that the narration was very flat, and compared to the other books, this one was a bit harder to follow if you were listening simply because it was hard to tell characters apart from one another.

I felt like this read was more character development for our main man "RD of G," but that didn't take away from the story. Regardless of narration this book was super easy to get into and the story was as captivating as the rest. Yes, it would be better with Guidall behind the mic, yes, you may enjoy reading this book rather than listening. Either way, if you have read past Wizard and Glass in the series, STOP READING REVIEWS AND START THIS BOOK!

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Another DARK TOWER great

They were all great works, this is just as great. The Dark Tower is a series I enjoyed, it did get long and wondered if it would ever end, and what the end would be, but the series is worth all the listen, or the read.

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  • Phillip
  • GRANT, AL, United States
  • 08-08-13

Great listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a story within a story within a story and is well written.

Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

When I first saw this book I was a bit reluctant to purchase it because I thought that Mr. King should probably stick to writing and let the "professionals" do the narration. However, I quickly learned that he actually does an excellent job in the narrating as well and I really enjoyed it. I've since listened to Bag of Bones and have confirmed my opinion.

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  • Willard
  • West Hartford, CT, United States
  • 07-04-13

Stephen King ages, like fine wine.

What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

The wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower - # 4.5, certainly CAN stand alone, should the reader have lived beneath a rock, when the Dark Tower series dominated the literary fiction world - from 1974 (?) ALLLLL the way to 2004 (??). Yet, it fits so neatly into the niche between "Wizard and Glass" and "Wolves of the Calla" that I feel it a MUST READ, foe every Kingaholic - myself chief amongst these. As with most of King's stories, I became instantly sad and lonely for characters immediately after the initial end-of-story-satisfaction began to dissipate. However, in the case of "Wind Through the Keyhole", I found myself wandering over to the main bookshelf and pulling out both the 4th AND the 5th books, of the series! I could decide to rejoin the characters - prior to this latest adventure, OR move along with them, once again - as I had several years ago - to their NEXT one, in the Calla. What a gift! Thanks, Steve. Oh, and BONUS - he self-narrates this one!! To my fellow "constant reader" (King's phrasing) I say - ENJOY!

What other book might you compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to and why?

Any of the books of "The Dark Tower" = all are equally thrilling, engaging and unforgettable.*This one was reminiscent to my favorite period in the Series ="The drawing of the three."

What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His own enthusiasm for the material and his unique sense of humour.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

YES!! Both.

Any additional comments?

A true serendipity. The series was satisfying, as it was written. I'd read it over the nearly three decades during which it was released, and then RE-READ it, once I owned the entire series!! This unexpected segue was certainly not extraneous to the original story, but added a deeper level of commaraderie, companionship and admiration to and for the "ka-tet."

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You'd think...

What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

I did not enjoy Stephen King's narration. I like the other Gunslinger books, and have listened to most of them. I got to this one, and I couldn't get past his voice. It was grating.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I just couldn't take the nasal voice. You'd think that I'd be excited to hear King read his own work, but I was so disappointed. I really like the story, but I was distracted by the voice.

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WHY?!?!?!

Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

ONLY if it was read by someone else!! This was soooo painful to listen to. The only thing keeping me listening is the fact that I started to listen to the whole series. It has been a long time since I listened to the series and wanted to listen to the Whole story from start to finish. After listening to George Guidall's reading of the "Wizard of Glass" and then starting to listen to this, the only way I can describe this is like taking a pair of knitting needles to your ears to clean the wax out. IT is PAINFUL. All the characters sound just like Mr. King. Sooo sad. This is my second attempt to try and listen to this. I find my mind wandering because it is so monotone blah blah blah. After awhile its like background White Noise. Oh help me get to the end. <br/>NO I WILL NEVER LISTEN to this again. Unless of course a Professional will re-record this. <br/>

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

Just hoping I can get to the end, and remember if I heard any of it. I was looking forward to this book but might have to buy a hard copy and read it myself. Normally I can take Mr. King reading after awhile, but after spoiling us with some Very Talented voice actors, this was torture.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

AWFUL, terrible, boring, all characters sound alike, no distinction, monotone, blah blah blah. I just want to scream.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mr.King Kills a novel. hahahahaha

Any additional comments?

Buy a hard copy and read it yourself. I waaaaant to listen to this but wow it is really hard.

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  • Derek
  • Cottonwood, AZ, United States
  • 05-11-13

King should stick to writing, not narrating.

I wish the publisher would have had a professional narrator read this story. Great writing, but King shouldn't read his own work. The other Dark Tower books had such a wonderful narration. This feels jarring.

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A fun trip back to Mid World

I love it when Stephen King reads his own work , and I loved the whole trip he takes us through the Gunslingers world. Taking place before the Dark Tower series began it's shark approach it is a wonderful listen !