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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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A long prologue

I was really excited to start this series, but now after reading the first book I can tell that I have a long ways to go. This book had moments of fun, but in the end it was just an introduction to a much larger story.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

56 of 67 people found this review helpful

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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.

108 of 130 people found this review helpful

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Just as good as I remember

Loved this book decades ago and it still holds up. Can't wait for the movie version!

89 of 107 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.

136 of 164 people found this review helpful

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Book 1 of an Epic Tale

This is just the first book in one of the greatest stories ever written. This is a masterpiece. If the first book seems slow, be patient. Like all good epics, it takes time to play out the tale. But to me this book is not slow, it is gripping and detailed. Some of the genius will only come through to you with rereading the series at a later date.

36 of 43 people found this review helpful

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dreadfully slow

I found it to be a very dull and boring book. hopefully the next book is much better

63 of 76 people found this review helpful

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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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Did it enjoy this book

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

89 of 108 people found this review helpful