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The Dark Tower I

The Gunslinger
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23,757 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba!

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves listeners eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

©1993, 2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center." ( Milwaukee Sentinel)
"Brilliant, fresh and compelling - will leave you panting for more." ( Booklist)

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I almost quit couple of times.

At no point of the story I felt that I cared too much for the protagonist. I felt that the novellas with backstory were meant to tell me something, but the whole point was lost on me.

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Did it enjoy this book

Was not able to get hooked on this book, and couldn't see myself reading the rest of series

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My favorite book.

This is the first book of Stephen King's Magnum Opus. It is a combination of spaghetti western, occult, and science fiction all tied together by romantic and philosophical ideals.

It is very short and gets very dark at certain points: this paired with the wonderful narration of George Guidall is why I believe all should give it a listen.

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weird

The narrator done a fine job but I couldn't get into the story. I am a fan of Mr King and he really has a way with words but sometimes he is just to weird for me. This is one of those times.

53 of 64 people found this review helpful

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should have been a short story

little of this book has any significance other than to convey the mood of the world. The story, when, it finally arrives in one burst of information, is intriguing and very nearly makes the previous monotonous reading worthwhile.

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  • Jkoe
  • Peachtree Corners, GA
  • 06-04-17

Not great

What disappointed you about The Gunslinger?

This book was one of the most boring things I have ever experienced. I toughed it out because everyone said how great the series is. I almost quit several times because it was so slow. I did enjoy book 2 more than this one, so I'm glad I got through this. It was rough.

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What did I just listen to?

This book made no sense! I wish I could get back the hours I spent listening to it. I hope they did not stick to this book during production of the movie.

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Too Strange

just too difficult to follow the storyline. Perhaps I will get the next book to see if I can catch on. Performance was excellent.

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Meh.

He uses the word "sardonic" a lot. I was neither pleased, nor displeased with this story.

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way too far out there for me.

just beyond my point of a logic and entertainment. it reminded me a little of blood meridian, but only in the bad ways.

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