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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

Lu par : George Guidall
Durée : 7 h et 19 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)
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Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.

In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

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

And the Tower is closer....

©1982 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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A well crafted story

As expected it is a very well crafted story! The performance of the reader brings out the nuances and subtleties of every character and situation. An easy recommendation from me!

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Good Reading, clumsy book.

The reading was awesome. But the story... it's a cerebral mess with strange purpose, no real objective for the main caracter, a narration hard to follow, with events not really useful or related to anything. I'm disappointed.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jacobus
  • 19/06/2012

A Surrealistic Western that almost feels familiar

Have you ever wanted so badly to be part of a hype, just to discover that while others are going crazy about it, you are left out in the cold? The first book of the Dark Tower series makes me feel that way. I really want to be in on the joke, but I just can???t find the punch line.

???The Gunslinger??? is a story containing a mix western, fantasy, horror, blood and gore, fantasy and just plain weirdness. Roland of Gilead, the main character, is a sort of serious Cowboy Don Quixote on an obsessive quest, to catch the mysterious, possibly demonic, ???Man in Black.??? The story is set in a universe akin to ours with references very similar to ours, like ???the man Jesus??? and certain holy days. Yet it soon becomes clear that the story is not set in our world or in a typical wild western environment.

At times it feels that the story cries against all logic. I found Roland to be someone quite difficult to identify with. The way he kills of the whole town of Tull, even his sex partner, Allie, as well as the awkward ???relationship??? that he had with a nine year old boy called Jake are bizarre. Do I understand Stephen King correctly; Roland???s love for the boy was more than just parental love? It is disturbing, to say the least.

At the end of the book you do have an idea what a gunslinger is. You will have realised that Roland is the last gunslinger and that his obsession with catching the ???Man in Black??? against all costs, actually points the ethereal Dark Tower. The listener is left with more questions than after the book, than before.

George Guidall???s interpretative reading was fair. I am not sure if it is Stephen King or Guidall???s way of reading that made me feel detached from the story. I found that I had to re-listen certain parts of the recording to try to understand the story, yet for most of the time I followed Guidall???s reading easily.

Taking into account that this is the first book in ???The Dark Tower??? series, I shall also listen to the second book hoping I will discover the punch line and become part of the hype. But so far, I have mixed feelings about the book. I have learned that you could find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if you persevere. This I hope is true in the case of ???The Dark Tower??? series.

I am not sure who the proposed readership of the book is, which also makes it difficult to evaluate the content. I suspect that Stephen King has set the table sufficiently for more to come. It is with hesitation that I laud the book.

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  • Bryan
  • 24/09/2012

Great start for a great tale

What did you like best about this story?

The development of the character of Roland, from a mysterious unknown character into a man with a dark past, and a dark long journey to travel.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Gravelly voice, just what you'd imagine a gunslinger to sound like.

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

Wild west meets the end of the world

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Garry
  • 21/04/2013

A Stephen King saga

Would you listen to The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger again? Why?

No, not again.

Any additional comments?

I got into this as it was written by Stephen King, I found this hard to get into but will continue for the whole series for if anything, Stephen King will draw you in eventually, twist and turn you and spit you out with you knowing you have been through something. I have a high hope for the other books

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  • Bronwyn
  • 04/12/2018

Worse than the movie!

Unfortunately the only words I can use to describe this book are "boring" and "garbage" . The story is uninteresting and somewhat pretentious, and after 6 hours of listening I don't really care where it goes. While the movie was also awful at least it was over in a shorter amount of time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/08/2018

Awesomness

Narrator fits the western type of this story. I like how the story progress slowly but still manages to hold the readers interest.

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  • Ian Lunnon
  • 26/04/2018

I'm sorry.

I have read every book by Stephen king since the age of fourteen and enjoyed them all. I have never been tempted by the Dark Towers. Don't know why really..... just never have. After listening to a lot of his older books that I read long ago and the recent excellence of Sleeping Beauties that in desperation for a king fix I downloaded The gunslinger. Why o why o why. I tried and tried to get through it but gave up with 2hrs remaining. Life's to short. I love your work Stephen but I'm sorry this isn't for me.

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  • Pierre
  • 13/12/2017

Very disappointed, yet brilliant performance.

Very disappointing story... Really looked forward to the series... Expected more, but a solid performance by narrator.

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  • Cynthia Richards
  • 22/11/2017

Perfectly matched story and narrator

My favorite story in the world brought to life by the brilliant George Guidall! Start your Dark Tower journey with Stephen King’s The Gunslinger and you will be hooked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10/11/2017

hooked

gritty, compelling, intriguing and a bit... dangerous. love this book! ol' Stephen at his best

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Marco Olofsson
  • 25/09/2017

Fantastic riverting story, terrible narrator.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I can't say I would change anything about the book, but rather the narrator. Other than that, the book might be a little slow to get into, but it makes it worth your while in the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roland, he's the gunslinger, duh?

How could the performance have been better?

The performance could've been much better if George Guidall didn't have such a thick southern accent that made it nearly impossible for you to understand what he was talking about. The thing about audio books is that hey help you imagine the scene that's happening in the book, by somebody telling you it, but I could barely comprehend what he said.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, absoloutely not. I do not think this book would fit well to the big screen.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Max
  • 17/08/2015

Dark Tower - Revisited

Als ich das Buch das erste Mal gehört habe, war ich enttäuscht. Als ausgewiesener King Fan schätze ich seine klare Linie wenn es darum geht eine Geschichte zu erzählen. – Dies ist hier nicht der Fall. Beim ersten Mal Hören machen die ersten 3 Stunden nicht wirklich besonders Spaß. Als Hörer hat man das Gefühl das man absichtlich verwirrt werden soll – auf denen Fall ging das mir so. Nach 4 Stunden hat man dann teilweise verstanden wie die Welt in der sich Roland bewegt tickt und funktioniert. Danach lässt sich auch langsam der ersehnte Rote Faden in der Geschichte finden. Viele Namen, Orte und Ereignisse sind zu diesem Zeitpunkt allerdings immer noch ein Rätsel.

Hätte ich damals eine Bewertung abgeben müssen hätte ich vermutlich 3 Sterne für alles außer dem Erzähler gegeben. George Guidall macht einen Hervorragenden Job. Dieser erste Teil wirkte auf mich eher wie ein Fiebertraum aus Stephen Kings früher Karriere als der Auftakt zu einer epischen Fantasie Saga.

Beim zweiten Mal Hören stellt man fest wie viele Details, „foreshadowing“ und Andeutungen man beim ersten Mal verpasst hat/ nicht verstehen konnte. Nach diesem Hörgang möchte ich fast 5 Sterne geben – mit der Ursprünglichen Bewertung ergeben sich dann daraus 4.

Mein Fazit: Egal wie verwirrend der Einstieg ist, es lohnt sich. Wenn man sich durch das erste Buch gewunden hat öffnet sich die Pforte zu einer Geschichte die meiner Meinung nach einzig Artig und mit nichts zu vergleichen ist.

Zwingende Hörempfehlung.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • TL
  • 06/02/2016

Mein armes Herz

Ein schöner Anfang für eine der besten Geschichten. Mein Herz bricht jedes Mal aufs Neue und ich hasse und liebe Roland bei jedem Lesen/Hören immer mehr.

Der Sprecher ist gut und schafft es die Stimmung gut rüber zu bringen.

Fazit: es lohnt sich.

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  • Serge
  • 20/06/2018

Stangly worded, easier to read the listen.

Stuggled to get trough it and capture all whats going on.. its sometimes all over the place.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Stefan
  • 01/12/2016

ich verstehe das Buch leider nicht...

Ich weiss nicht, was Stephen King mit diesem Buch sagen will, ich finde einfach keinen Zugang, habe noch vor der Hälfte aufgehört, es dann aufgegeben. Viele sagen, man muss die ersten Stunden durchhalten, dann erschliesst sich der Sinn. Ich kann dieses Buch wirklich nicht empfehlen, eine echte Enttäuschung..

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Ditmar Teschke
  • 25/12/2015

destructive

Welche Emotionen hat dieses Hörbuch bei Ihnen ausgelöst? Ärger, Betroffenheit, Enttäuschung?

this does only drive negative attitudes - and who wants that ?

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

instead of this rather listen to something which will bring you forward and look at others with love

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