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The Wind Through the Keyhole Audiobook

The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

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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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    Jason Conroe, TX, United States 01-13-13
    Jason Conroe, TX, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book for tower junkies"
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    I made it a goal to read all the dark tower books in 2012. Best choice I have made. This book is a great ad on to the series. Mr. King is a little dry in the telling of the adventure but all in all I would listen again.

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    Cynthia Manhattan, KS, United States 01-12-13
    Cynthia Manhattan, KS, United States 01-12-13
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    "Wonderful story!"
    Where does The Wind Through the Keyhole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the the first fiction audio book I ever completed. I loved the experience and will continue to enjoy audiobooks.


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

    The transitions between the stories made it much easier to follow where you were in the over all process. There were two additional stories embedded into the main story which was Roland telling another tale from his past.


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

    Having the story read to you especially by the author allows you to float and get totally lost in the world King is so good at creating. I felt the emotion and care he had for teh characters he created.


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

    There were parts that were very emotional to me. When Tim was delaing with how is mother was treated by his step father touched me and had me in tears at some points.


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    Teeps Mobile, AL 01-11-13
    Teeps Mobile, AL 01-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Part of me loves hearing Uncle Stevie narrate"
    Where does The Wind Through the Keyhole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle quintile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a Dark TOwer story.


    Did Stephen King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Part of me really loves hearing Uncle Stevie narrate......however I think maybe he'd be best leaving it to others who are more adept at altering their voices for different characters. I always get a jolt realizing he's the one who wrote the great words... but sometimes it's distracting and keeps you from getting into the story.


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

    N/A


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    Steven mill creek, WA, United States 01-07-13
    Steven mill creek, WA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "fits perfectly in the series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    I love the dark tower series and its awesome that king is still working on it.


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

    It's amazing


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    cynthia las cruces, NM, United States 01-02-13
    cynthia las cruces, NM, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great to be visiting old friends"
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    I have always been a fan of the dark tower series and have wished for more. This book didnt disappoint. The performance by stephen king wasnt as good as if you had a more expressive reader but its always good to hear the emphasis the writer was intending when it comes to some parts instead of the interpretation of a reader. All and all it was well worth the time to visit old friends again.

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    lisa Keswick, Ontario, Canada 12-27-12
    lisa Keswick, Ontario, Canada 12-27-12
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    "Loved it - Great addition to the series"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    I generally dont listen to books more than once but this series really requires a reread from start to finish!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the story inside a story which allowed further insight into Rolands past life.


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    melanie United States 12-19-12
    melanie United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    I've been meaning to read the Dark Tower series, and after listening to this story, I think I have to. Steven Kings narration is excellent as well.

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    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 12-12-12
    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great addition to the Dark Tower series"

    It was great revisiting our intrepid heroes of the Dark Tower and spending a bit of time with them after all these years. And the story within the story within the story trick was ambitious and well done. Great yarn in the end. My only complaint is that Mr. King probably would do better by letting someone else read his books. Not much inflection, characters run together, and raspy. The only pleasant part of his voice was the memories of my heavy smoker grandfather who told lots of stories when I was younger.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 11-13-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The 2 stories were above average and entertaining."

    4 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 4 ½ IN THE SERIES.

    This is shorter than the other books in the series. There’s about an hour with the current travelers (Eddie, Jake, etc.), then about eight hours for the following two stories.

    The first story is Skin Man. Roland is a teen, recently became a gunslinger. His father sends him to investigate an area where a shape shifter is killing people.

    The second story is Wind Through the Keyhole. It’s a fairy tale Roland’s mother told him as a child. Jack and Kells are partners cutting down trees. Jack is killed, leaving his wife Nell and 11 year old son Tim. Kells marries Nell. Bad things happen and Tim must make a long journey.

    I did not like the way the author interrupted the stories. The main story is the current day trek. That is interrupted with the Skin Man story. Then in the middle of the Skin man story, we hear the entire Wind Keyhole story. Then we go back and finish the Skin Man story. I don’t like jumping around. Why do authors do this? Still, these are good stories.

    Narrator: Stephen King narrates this. I’m sorry Stephen, but Frank Muller spoiled me. Your narrating is not as good as professional actors. Your books deserve the best. Please don’t narrate.

    Genre: apocalyptic fantasy.

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    3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:

    One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Set in an apocalyptic future, Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.

    I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)

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    Missy Ardinger 11-08-12
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    "I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    The best thing about this for me was having Stephen King read it to me!! Many times when the author reads a book it isn't too great, but he really brought life to the characters! It was like having a master story teller tell me a story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, within the story within the story...as told by our old friend Roland


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favorite?

    Bill Stoutheart Ross


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

    Yes...but I couldn't cause I listened it in my car


    Any additional comments?

    It was very entertaining...I loved being able to hear from Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah and Oy again...I thought their story was done and we would never hear from them again!

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