The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower VIII (Unabridged)
by Stephen King
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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 - 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.
Good book one issue the other narrator was better. It is Mr. King reading the book himself this time but their is no real distinction between the character voices
The wind through the keyhole review
Not the best story in the Dark Tower series, definitely not the best audio book version since King is reading it himself. His monotone voice lacks the emotion to satisfactory describe events, places, and characters. Great story but lack luster narration. J. Gross
Mr King: Please write, but let someone else read.
King is brilliant, and this series/story is good. However, honestly, professional readers are better able to convey King's writing in audio format. King has not been gifted with a speaking voice that is easy to listen to over long periods of time. It begins to wear, and is somewhat too monotone for my taste. It has character -but the kind that lends to conversation, rather than long, long reading. His "writing voice," on the otherhand, is anything but flat, (one of the greatest of our time), but he should leave the reading performances of his work to others.
Now, I love King, but I also have to express a concern that I've long held over his writing. Does anyone actually edit him? I mean for story structure or flow? I fear he doesn't really get any serious opinion with concern to the overall flow of some of his stories, and they tend to float off into weirdness at points. i know that doesn't earn me any friends, but I think his publishers need to try and give him a bit more adivce. This story is fun, but wanders and seems to fall a bit short at times... and while iam at it, iam sick to death of the Randal Flag character showing up everywhere... but, as a wise man once said, even bad cookies are good cookies. When it comes to King (and especially Roland) I guess I'll take what i can get!