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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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    drstisanti 07-15-12
    drstisanti 07-15-12
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    "Stephen should have let someone else read this."
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind Through the Keyhole the most enjoyable?

    The story is great, and I love that it connects a few pieces of the puzzle together. However, I do wish I would have just read the book instead of listening to Stephen King narrate. He is my favorite writer, but he doesn't really act out any of the voices, or change the fluctuation of his voice much. He almost a little monotone, It's kind of hard to listen to.


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    Sandie Hicks 07-13-12
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    "Inventive"

    A Dark Tower fan, I loved the tale within a tale within the tale. Stephen King paints dark but lovely pictures in words that tend to shock, amuse, and tantalize all at the same time. I don't usually enjoy his narration as much as others, but he did a wonderful job making the characters come alive in my imagination. Some of the references to events in the other parts of the Dark Tower series were difficult to "ken" because I listened to them several years ago, but overall it was complete novel without leaving you with loads of loose ends.

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    Sam Kansas City, MO, United States 07-11-12
    Sam Kansas City, MO, United States 07-11-12
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    "Stephen King is not that bad of a narrator."

    I'm in the process of reading through the Dark Tower books, so I read this after finishing Book 4. While I haven't read the last three books yet, I thought this book fit wonderfully after Wizard and Glass. W&G sorta frustrated me with the flashback that took me away from the characters that I loved for far too long. And although Wind Through the Keyhole is mainly about a character that we have never met before, this character and his journey completely captivated me. It's just a wonderful little story that drew me into the world of Roland and his ka-tet and had me excited to finish this awesome series.

    Now, I've listened to the last 4 books and have completely fallen in love with Frank Muller's narration. It's hard for me to think of anyone doing a better Eddie or Susannah voice than him. So I was pretty upset to see that Stephen King was narrating and that most of the reviews pointed out that his narration was terrible.

    But let it be known that Stephen King's narration is definitely not terrible. In fact, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The weakest parts are the few that include Roland's Ka-Tet. King doesn't even really try to differentiate the voices of these characters. Thankfully, these moments are short and only at the beginning and end of the book. When King takes on the story about Tim Ross, he has a lot of fun with it. Basically, if you don't come into the book expecting Frank Muller or George Guidall, you can still enjoy it quite a bit.

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    dianne 07-09-12
    dianne 07-09-12

    Screenwriter, director, parent, wife, AVID reader, and Audible addict.

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    "Trouble in Gilead"

    Well..... I tried to like it. Tried really hard. But I kept waiting for the story to take hold-- to begin- in the sense that the previous Dark Tower installments had begun, sweeping me up into the lands and travels of Roland and the rest. It never happened. And while I'm open to meeting and falling in love with new characters, that didn't happen either. Roland and the Ka-Tet are relegated to side-bar listeners, and I'm sorry, Master King, the story that Roland tells here pales beside the stories we have already been fed. Like getting an artichoke for dinner... it tastes great, but...umm ..where's dinner?

    I love Stephen King's writing. I love Stephen King's speaking voice. I do not love Stephen King reading his own fiction. While King managed a few brief vocal caricatures, no full vocal characters were delivered, and hello- it's an AUDIO BOOK.

    Mr. King, PLEASE write more of Gilead. And serve it to us, with a reader who can do justice with his/her voice, to what you do so wonderfully with your thoughts and words.
    Thanks- D.

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    Pertinax 07-03-12
    Pertinax 07-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "King should stick to writing"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    King isn't a good narrator at all. Should have had Geotge narrate this one as well.


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    Brandon CORNWALL, NY, United States 07-03-12
    Brandon CORNWALL, NY, United States 07-03-12
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    "You COULD start here..."
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Yes, you almost have to gather all of the nuances. Great plot within a plot within a plot...


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

    Trying to remember which plot I was in.


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

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Good fantasy. Ignited a fire for me to look for more stories with such engrossing crafting. I found Dune.

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    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 07-02-12
    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 07-02-12
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    "very disappointed"

    What a waste. King should have left the Dark Tower series alone. This revisiting of the story somewhere in the middle of the series is such a let down. And he should never be allowed to narrate a book on tape again. It's somewhere between boring and coma-inducing.

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    Andre Waverly, IA, United States 07-01-12
    Andre Waverly, IA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy science-fiction, history, science and human affairs.

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    "Back to the Dark Tower"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narration, when listening to an audio book I prefer to have a narrator simply read the book to me. I don't want someone to make silly voices for different characters like I'm a toddler. Stephen King did a great job of reading his book without distracting tone inflections. The story was interesting enough, I never pass on a chance to go back through Mid-World

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    T. Lee 07-01-12
    T. Lee 07-01-12
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    "Filled in some Blanks"
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    I may listen to this story again because I am a Stephen King fan, and plan on reading the Dark Tower series again. It's been a long time since the last installment and I've forgotten some of the details.


    Would you recommend The Wind Through the Keyhole to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to those who are fans of the series and may not be aware of the new book.


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

    I don't have a favorite, but I do like the fact that he gave each character his or her own voice.


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

    I thing Rolland bonding with the cooks son was the most moving.


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    Neal 06-26-12
    Neal 06-26-12

    MerlinFL

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    "Over 30yrs w/Dark Tower_how could I not buy it?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to everyone who has been a fan and reader of the Dark Tower series since it was first published in the late 1970s. Fans would know that nearly everything King wrote had some ties to this series. I think it's honestly just a short story to get his name back into the mainstream again. Perhaps even recover some of his fans he lost since he's been writing in or about Florida instead of Maine. As the title I wrote says...after all this time its almost necessary to add in this story about some strange weather phenomenon that never once occurred or discussed in over 30 years. Oh and yet another story of Roland as a young teen gunslinger in a town with a big problem. Also more bits never mentioned in a single "palaver" in over 30 years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was short by King standards, we got to meet Merlin and what he thinks of Martin, and the Crimson King. And what I liked best was the backstory expanded about the "Billy Bumblers" and why they were killed off as well as another ability they have beyond those told.

    Merlin seems to say that the Crimson King has much more power than he does. Why? No idea, but I thought that was interesting mixing mythologies as the whole saga always compared Roland and the Gunslingers as a sort of Knight, even some modified reference to the line of "Eld" who is supposed to be Arthur - as in King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, etc., etc.


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

    King did what King does. I'm a huge fan, but I honestly think even he has discovered that without those voices form the Dark Tower in his head, most of his newer stories are lacking what made him famous a terrific storyteller. The only thing different about the characters were that they were huddled up in a stone building trying to stay safe from the "weather". Oi was the most interesting character in this portion of the story in my opinion.


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

    The same as the opening line...The man in black went across the desert and the gunslinger followed. I might have misquoted exactly, but you get the idea.

    All I can hope if there would be any type of big project based around this entire story is that it be handled like Lord of the Rings with that much depth and accuracy to the real written story. Or perhaps set it up like Game of Thrones in being done as the CABLE TV program so that the entire story can be told as long as the ratings hold out.

    If this were to be done like most of king stories - it would be a tragic waste of his life's work. AND for god sake, PLEASE make certain that Frank Daramont was the director/producer!! he seems to be the ONLY director that understands how king stories should be made and has proven he can do them very well.


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