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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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love this

I thought Steven King did a good job reading the tale. It was a little disconcerting you hear someone else's voice reading the dark tower but he did fine. The story is awesome, and now I will buy the next one in the series! :-)

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im glad i bought it as a part or the dark tower se

ithought it was a great book as an addition to the gunslinger series definitely ok

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Great book, horrible narration.

I loved the story. I wasn't sure if it would grab me like the rest of the series, but it did!

Stephen King's reading of his work was awful. He is so monotone, and rarely tried to give a different voice to his characters. When he did try to make a character sound distinct, it was comical. I don't think that was the desired result...

I truly enjoyed this book, but it desperately needs a new narrator.

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A solid entry in the mythos.

I read this title after reading books 1-7, and while I enjoyed it a lot, there were definitely parts that were of greater interest than others. I would definitively say that this title is not on the same level as books 3 or 7, but it is nonetheless a great addition to King's world. Greatest drawback to this recording is that King reads it. An excellent storyteller he may be, but a voice actor he is not. Especially coming off of the first seven books' audio versions, this will be a hard transition for some listeners.

All said, however, I still recommend this title. More insight into an ever-growing world, and a return to some unexpected characters.

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A nest of stories

This is "Dark Tower Lite" and that's a good thing! King crafts a series of nested tales which are nicely dovetailed one to the next.

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An interesting add on that fits well.

"The wind through the keyhole" is an add on to a great epic tale. We get to take a deeper look into the folk lore of characters we've grown to love.

Stephen King reads this one himself and although I've enjoyed listening to him before. This book could have really gained a lot from having a professional reader like Geogre Guidall or Frank Miller . They bring so much to every character as well as .

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GREAT FIND!

I read the whole series and then discovered this little gem that fit in the middle. no matter , I missed all the characters and was glad to visit them again, all though, they are not the main players this time. enjoyed so much I plan to read (listen) again down the road.

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Loving this series

This book was a bit more lighthearted and was needed at this point in the series. Loving this series! Getting ready to start the next one.

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A Mistake

I cannot even get through listening to this book. I love Stephen King as an author BUT YOU ARE A TERRIBLE NARRATOR! I hate that I can't listen to it because I love the dark tower books. This was a mistake and I do not know why you tried to narrate this yourself.

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Read the book, or wait for a better narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I had to bail in the second chapter, so ignore the "Story" rating (I couldn't get to this part without rating the story). Writing the book doesn't make you the best narrator. King is not as monotone as, say, Tim Robbins (The Great Gatsby), but was intolerable.

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