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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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  • cynthia
  • las cruces, NM, United States
  • 01-02-13

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.<br/>

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  • lisa
  • Keswick, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-27-12

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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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

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

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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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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Didn't think I'd like it...

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

LOVED this story! What a great addition to the saga. Fills in some of Roland's back story and gives you a tale inside a tale.

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Wind

I found it entertaining which is why I ordered it. It was good but I wouldn't say great. Another chapter in an overall wonderful story.

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  • Mark
  • Aarhus V, Denmark
  • 11-05-12

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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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.<br/>

Any additional comments?

This reader would not recommend this story.