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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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    Mark Aarhus V, Denmark 11-05-12
    Mark Aarhus V, Denmark 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Missed the original Ka-Tet. Great feel, though."
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    Being back in the Dark Tower universe/Life of Roland.


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

    Not listened before


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the starkblast had hit and wiped out the swamp people.


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    richmond 11-04-12
    richmond 11-04-12
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    "should be wind through a knot hole"
    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The author should not have narrated this story, I am a BIG King fan, but this gun slinger story left a lot to be desired. Very disappointed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have read all of Kings works so I'll move on to other things i will keep looking.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen King’s performance?

    King is a great story teller in print but should stay away from the narrations.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The story is alright if you havn't read all the other gunslinger stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This reader would not recommend this story.

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    Joe Everyman 10-30-12

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    "Not what I was expecting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First thing I would change is the narration. Steve, baby, boobie, you aren't a narrator. I can distinctly tell that for one of the voices you are just plugging your nose. Stephen King is a mastermind of storytelling.... on paper, he's not a narrator. I don't know who told him he was a good narrator, but they lied. There are actual people out there that do that for a living. Let them.
    This book is like 3 different stories, one within another within another. Roland is telling Jake, Eddie and Susannah a story, and in that story he tells a young boy a story. I was most interested in the middle story which involves Roland and Jamie De Curry as young men shortly after Mejis, even though the bulk of the book is the innermost story he is telling the young boy. Jamie seems like a great character and I would have loved for this book to have been about them on some world-wind adventure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a simple who-dun-it. Nothing too exciting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King’s performances?

    Unfortunately, since I love his books, I will be forced to listen to him if he decides to read them.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. I'm a big Stephen King fan.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love King, you will end up reading this or listening to it. I would suggest reading it as King does not do a good job as the narrator.

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    Michael C. Bartmess Colorado Springs. CO 10-21-12
    Michael C. Bartmess Colorado Springs. CO 10-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Kings challenge continues"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All of Stephen King's latest novels keep the pace and tempo, and The Wind Through the Keyhole is no exception. It is hard to disconnect from the audiobook, which is a good thing if you're working out while listening but not if you're at the end of your commute to work.


    Any additional comments?

    As a Narrator Stephen King is not as talented as George Guidall but King certainly knows how to bring life to his own characters and the narration is top notch among authors reading their own work -- which says then a lot about the craftsmanship of Mr Guidall. I would definitely choose a Guidall narration over King's but it was also intriguing to hear the story through the author's own voice.

    Even though the sequence puts this novel before the Dark Tower series, the book would not serve well to introduce the first time Dark Tower reader to the series. It is well constructed as a stand-alone novel but seems to be written to the audience who has already had the Dark Tower experience. It fills in information that was part of the back story to the Dark Tower, and may answers some questions that might have been left in the mind of anyone who read the Dark Tower and spent the effort to think about the young gunslinger and his life before the journey across the wasteland.

    For anyone who desired to see a little glimpse, a smattering more of the world at the end of the golden age of Gilead, this is a must read (listen) addition to the Dark Tower Series.

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    Ann Wilkins 10-21-12
    Ann Wilkins 10-21-12

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    "Mr King ruined the story as the narrator"
    Where does The Wind Through the Keyhole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i would rank it not on the top maybe on the very bottom... it could have been great but when Stephen King narrates one of his books its just a cryin shame...


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

    i dont know... i was too busy hating the narator...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King’s performances?

    I am not sure... i really want to listen to his new book coming in 2013 ... a sequal to the shinning but .. i cringe at the thought of Stephen King narrating his own book.. my 5 year old grandson could put more feeling in it..


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

    honestly... its been a couple of months since i listened to it... i could tell you a tag line for all the gun slinger books but the story in this book was absolutly lost in the inability to show any kind of emotion... or distinguishing one characters voice from another...


    Any additional comments?

    I dont regret listening to the book but i will end my comments begging Stephen King to have pity on his loyal reader and shell out the money for George Guidall or anyone else but himself to narrate the audio books.. if he ever gets another narrator to to re-narrate Wind through the Keyhole.. i will pay to listen to it again... it would be worth it...

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    Krystin Independence, MO, United States 10-17-12
    Krystin Independence, MO, United States 10-17-12
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    "A welcome edition"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to be better than the print version?

    As for as print vs audio, print was easier to get into


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim in the dogan, and of course Roland


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

    Tim Again, the new dogan, and puzzle to get in was a high point


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

    one setting


    Any additional comments?

    While Kings narriations was hard to get used to, Once I got used to it, It didnt bother me and I fell in completly and was an amazing story

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    John Hammond, ON, Canada 09-26-12
    John Hammond, ON, Canada 09-26-12 Listener Since 2000
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    "Like 3 stories in one - I liked it."
    Any additional comments?

    Although the book starts off with Roland as he is in the Dark Tower Series it moves to when he was a young kid.

    If the book had remained with Roland as an older gentleman I would have had to agree that Stephen King as a narrator would have been terrible. HOWEVER, Stephen King does a great job as Roland as a younger man. Do not believe all the bad comments about the narration as its not as bad as they say.

    The story was good, but it only has a faint relation to the Dark Tower Series. Its actually a story within a story within a story.

    Its still a good listen and I enjoyed considerably.

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    John W Shultz 09-25-12
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    "Great story"
    Where does The Wind Through the Keyhole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty much at the top of all audio books


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

    the comraderie of the group making their way to the tower.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the boy lets the tiger out of the cage


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

    mysteriuos journey through many ages


    Any additional comments?

    Great addition to the origianl series

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    Kathy Murray, KY, United States 09-22-12
    Kathy Murray, KY, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Roland tells a story"

    Stephen King's narrative style is dry and flat. That is just what I would expect from a story told by Roland Deshain, which, after all, is the gist of the book. He is not theatrical and doesn't use different voices. He sounds just like a person telling a story to pass the time on a cold day. It does take a few minutes to adjust to this style, especially if you're used to professional story tellers. The story, within a story, within a story is very good. If you have read the Gunslinger series it's like finding a bit more of your favorite thing when you thought it was all gone. If you haven't read the series this might be a good test to see if you want to invest your time in the whole saga.

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    Ellen Woodstock, CT, United States 09-20-12
    Ellen Woodstock, CT, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Whew!! Glad they made it through all that!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend was into the Dark Tower type of book, I would. It is a specific genre that I don't usually read, but I had liked other King titles like "The Green Mile, " and did not realize that this was more of a fantasy ride than the other.


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

    I particularly liked the fact that he narrated his own work...I think that way you can inject inflections that increase the intensity of your original meaning, kind of like reaching a point somewhere between reading the book and seeing the movie. I don't know if I would have finished just reading the book, but I did finish listenting to him reading it.


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

    No. Although that might have given an easier understanding of the "story within a story."


    Any additional comments?

    While I don't think I would have ordered this book if I had realized what the Dark Tower series was all about, I did enjoy it in a Beowulf kind of way.

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