The Gunslinger : The Dark Tower

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: The Dark Tower
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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A good introduction.

I started this book series on a recommendation from a friend. I'm not a Stephen King fan per se, but I enjoyed this book. The revised introduction and book says that there were about 35 pages added to the original that makes the book more accessible to first-time readers. It seems to have worked for me.

George Guidall does a great job and just the grit of his voice seems to add to the desert wasteland's ethos as the Gunslinger slowly marches across it.

I wouldn't say that I was hooked on this series after this book, but I was left wanting a little more. I did get hooked about 1/3 of the way through the next book in the series, so if you get through this and are satisfied yet not "hooked" my suggestion to you is to get into the second book as soon as possible!
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- Nathan "I love to love space-opera and fanatasy books. Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my ears when it comes to audio books...."

LIKE A DULL AX THROUGH A CALF'S BRAIN

Y IS A CROOKED LETTER AND CAN'T BE MADE STRAIGHT
This recording, which replaced the old recording is, I believe the same, old recording, only with King's introduction taken out. An intro in which King said he did not know where this series was going. For me that showed big time in the feel of the story. I enjoyed the first chapter which was, more of a novelette. After that, the story is told mostly in dreams and remembering. Even the first chapter is Roland telling his story to another man.

DO SOME MEN EVER GROW UP OR ONLY COME OF AGE?
This series has a huge following, but it is more for those who like descriptive language, dreamy wild scenes, but no plot. If horror was a main subject and not a sub of fiction, this would be under Weird Western. Joe R. Lansdale and Jack Ketchum write in that genre a lot. This story was just a little too abstract for my taste.

LONG DAYS, PLEASANT NIGHTS
Guidall is the father of narrators and one of the best still. He makes the story better.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio