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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—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 2003-2004, 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.

Please Note: This audiobook contains previews for both The Dark Tower VII and Dr. Sleep.

©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/04/2012

An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall.

Another excellent Steven King story. It doesn't have the same feel as the rest of the Dark Tower series. It's much more stand-alone beginning-middle-end, because we aren't following most of the characters in this book through 7 novels.

I'd recommend reading this one on paper unless you're accustomed to Stephen King's narration. We were really pampered by George Guidall's vocal range. Stephen King comes across much flatter, and in the beginning his version of Roland's ka-tet can be disconcerting.

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 26/04/2012

King of Writing not Reading

The "Dark Tower" series in audio has been one of my favorite all time listens; so why Stephen? You are a fantastic story teller; on paper. Let the professionals, like George Guidall, do their job.

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  • jeff
  • 24/04/2012

Great to go Back to Midworld but...

If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

Great journey home

What did you like best about this story?

The creativity of it and just the whole new adventure with a great Ka-tet

How could the performance have been better?

Hiring a professional voice over actor. This was a major disappointment not to have the usual narrator do the story. Stephen King has shown many times he is NOT an actor. All voices are read the same tone and with no emotion at all. I am very upset by this point. I was so looking forward to this book and this part ruined it. I hope it wasn't just plain cheapness that didn't allow for a professional voice over actor or perhaps Stephen Kings ego. Very unhappy about this point.

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

I enjoyed the whole story from begining to end. Aside from the voice work it was great and really hope there are more adventures to come with these characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/04/2012

Great to go Back to Midworld but...

If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

Great journey home

What did you like best about this story?

The creativity of it and just the whole new adventure with a great Ka-tet

How could the performance have been better?

Hiring a professional voice over actor. This was a major disappointment not to have the usual narrator do the story. Stephen King has shown many times he is NOT an actor. All voices are read the same tone and with no emotion at all. I am very upset by this point. I was so looking forward to this book and this part ruined it. I hope it wasn't just plain cheapness that didn't allow for a professional voice over actor or perhaps Stephen Kings ego. Very unhappy about this point.

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

I enjoyed the whole story from begining to end. Aside from the voice work it was great and really hope there are more adventures to come with these characters.

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  • Bob Wilson
  • 26/04/2012

Please, Please - do this again with George Guidall

Stephen King, you are a "WordSlinger" you are NOT a narrator. Please do another recording but this time use George Guidall.

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  • G. Novak
  • 25/04/2012

I "lemmed" this!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe in paper.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

Already have.

How could the performance have been better?

Professional reader.

Any additional comments?

I love Stephen King's writing. Not so much his reading. He's OK for short stories but not anything long. I will buy this again if they use a professional reader.

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  • Thomas T. Veldhouse
  • 01/05/2012

Stephen King's narration leaves much to be desired

Perhaps I should give the print version a chance to see if the story seems better to me, but I didn't find the story anywhere near the quality of ANY of the previous Dark Tower books. I wonder if this was written due to popular demand rather than some inspiration from Stephen King. While the idea of the author narrating his own book is nice [i.e. The Kite Runner!], in this case, the narration is sort of jagged and mostly quite monotone; I had a difficult time following who was "speaking" at any point in time.

Sorry...I was not able to finish the book after about 1/2 way through.

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  • Stephen
  • 01/05/2012

Crippling narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Should have used George Guidall for narration like the previous Dark Tower books. They were fantastic.

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

No, not in audiobook format.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'm legally blind and can no longer read traditionally, I rely solely on audiobooks for all my reading. King's narration was so monotone, robotic, and lifeless, my imagination had trouble engaging and mind would drift. Also, I could never really tell who was talking at a given moment and had to constantly rewind to remember who was talking at a given moment. If you are reading on paper, it is very easy to skim back up the page a bit to revisit who is talking, if you happen to miss it or drift off. With a professional narrator, like George Guidall, it's easier to tell who is talking by the voice/mannerisms given to the characters by the narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really don't know if the story was good or bad due to the crippling narration. Very frustrating.

Any additional comments?

This book was was extremely difficult, almost painful, to get through due to King's bad narration, which is a shame as I consider the original Dark Tower audiobook series as the greatest audiobook story of all time, by any author... ever. Disappointing to say the least.

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  • Bryan
  • 25/04/2012

Great story, but narration was awful.

What didn’t you like about Stephen King’s performance?

Very monotone voice. Previous narrators were great, shouldn't have switched. There is no difference in any of the voices. I have re-listened to all of the series, I won't be on this one.

Any additional comments?

Great story for fans, afraid the narration will scare new listeners from the series.

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  • LDoggy
  • 26/04/2012

Blah

Oh well, our worst fears have come to fruition. Getting back to mid-world wasn't the best idea after all.

The story is average, and truly feels as if it has nothing to do with the 7 books we have loved for years. In hindsight, that was the intent all along, but man did I miss Eddie, Jake, Susannah, Oye, and Roland, and I still miss them.

One point I should make however - this in fact may have been a good read, but listening to King's voice (which I didn't mind in Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and others) really detracted from this story. All I could think about was how Frank Muller and George Guidall would have made this better

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  • BikerJoe
  • 10/04/2015

Reunion with the Dark Tower Ka Tet

Of course I did not want to miss the opportunity to meet my old friends from the Dark Tower Series again. Unfortunately the encounter is very brief and does not reveal a lot of new information. I am not sure, whether the narrative has some merit as a standalone story.

Going through the story is like peeling an onion.
In the first layer we meet Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy on their way to the dark tower. They have to take refuge from a starkblast, an extremely strong storm with incredibly low temperatures, and to pass the time, Roland is telling a story from his early days.

In this part we learn a little bit more about the young Roland, his early friends, his father and his complex relationship to his mother. Still a very young man and novice gunslinger he is sent to a far away province to solve a series of mysterious and cruel murders. He finds a young boy, the sole survivor of a ghastly and brutal massacre, and takes him under his protection. To calm him down, he tells him a story, his mother was telling him, when he was a small child, "the wind through the keyhole".

This is the only really great part of the book. It is a story with a little bit of magic, but also filled with the problems of a young boy growing up to become a man, a story of courage and fear, perseverance and despair. Stephen shows his skill in telling a story and he knows, how to enchant the reader.

After all, it is a nice and harmless book, but it does not really add a lot the great Dark Tower books

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