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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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  • Jay
  • TEMPE, ARIZONA, United States
  • 04-02-13

Very enjoyable.

If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

questions answered/clarified.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Roland and of course his ka-tet.

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

The proper annunciation of names. The type of voices he used for some of the characters was good in bringing about a better mental picture.

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

Nothing comes to mind right now, still enjoying the book.

Any additional comments?

Very fun and entertaining to have one of my favorite authors read to me one of the best series and characters I have grown to love since I read the first dark tower book 20 years ago.

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Do you like suffering children? Stephen King does

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

No. Stephen King is only engaging as a narrator if you are obsessed with his voice. The only thing that makes it better than the print edition is hearing King pronounce words from his custom, Dark Tower lexicon. My curiosity is settled on a few words.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The tax man was pretty compelling.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Monotonous.

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

It's not that kind of book. I never feel "moved" by SK.

Any additional comments?

I go to Dark Tower because I like the genre mashing between the fantasy, the western, and the postapocalyptic SF.

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  • Anita
  • RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States
  • 03-18-13

A must read for a Dark Tower fan!

Stephen King has written the ultimate Dark Tower companion! SK gives us an insight into Roland's early life as a gunslinger. I've heard several of King's book read by him. I've always found him the perfect storyteller. If you're a Dark Tower fan you, this book is for you!

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  • jacques
  • otterburn park, QC, Canada
  • 03-17-13

pleasantly surprised

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After the first three books in the Gunslinger series, I found the quality of the writing had suffered. (excepting Wolves of the Calla) The stories seemed hastily written and had little respect for what came before. Wind through the keyhole is a book that stands on it's own. A story within a story, it uses the landscape of midworld without depending too heavily on the characters from the gunslinger stories. A nice fairy tale for grownups in a world which is moving on. Mr. King, my faith in you is renewed.

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  • Lee
  • KATY, TX, United States
  • 03-14-13

Awesome Story but an unfortunate Narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, The story is very well written and it bridges the fourth and fifth books of the Dark Tower series.

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

You would want to compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to the other Dark Tower series. The placement and the author reading makes this one a bit difficult to truely connect with the rest of the Dark Tower series but if you enjoyed Wizard and Glass and want to know more about what happened to Roland before he came to the desert.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Quite honestly I am just not a fan of the voice. Steven King doesnt have a strong enough voice for the characters. He sounds more like a villian than a hero.

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

No parts of this book really moved me. I felt sorry for some of the characters but the narration really kept me disconnected from the story.

Any additional comments?

Please Mr. King, I love your books, I have read almost all of them including the Bachman Books. I truely enjoy your writing style, but please leave the narration to someone else.

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  • margaret
  • st louis, MO, United States
  • 03-11-13

I love Roland!!!!

If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

I love hearing about "Roland the young"! He is one of my all time favorite characters. To put a story in a story so masterfully....Wonderful!!

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  • Lester
  • Cedar Park, TX, United States
  • 03-08-13

Hard to listen to

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Better to read the book and imagine Guidal's voice. Stephen King is NOT a good narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

Any voice actor.

Did The Wind Through the Keyhole inspire you to do anything?

The narration inspired me to write this review. I am going to have to really adjust my expectations from narrators since listening to this.

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  • Ilan
  • Fredericksburg, VA, United States
  • 03-07-13

Stephen King - Great Writer & Also A Good Reader!

I disagree with some people here that criticized King for his narration of his own novel.
In my opinion, he did a pretty good job. Obviously, he is not as good as some of the best professional narrators and actors but I did not feel that his narration harmed the pleasure of listening/reading this novel.

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  • Anne
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 02-17-13

Please redo with professional narration!

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

I'm listening to his book on writing but it's not an epic tale it's a craft book.

Any additional comments?

Just thought the sentiment was worth repeating ... Mr. King, Do not narrate your work. You are a master storyteller and I love your books. But, alas, you are not a narrator.

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  • Jackie
  • Onoway, AB, Canada
  • 02-08-13

Why oh why does Stephen King insist on narrating!?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

my time was well spent as the story, of course, was amazing. So if you can get past Stephen King's droning, monotone voice, then it was worth the credit.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was awesome!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Stephen King read this book like he was reading to a 5 year old.

Was The Wind Through the Keyhole worth the listening time?

yes it was

Any additional comments?

I would have paid 2 credits for this amazing story is a different narrator read it.