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Publisher's Summary

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.
For listeners new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower.
Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.
This Russian Doll of a novel, a story within a story, within a story, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. (The novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.)
Roland tells a tale from his early days as a gunslinger, in 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, The Wind through the Keyhole.. 'A person's never too old for stories,' he says to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.' And stories like these, they live for us.
©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rick on 08-14-17

Narration by the author fails to please

Listening to this book for the second time, without the mystery of an unfolding story to draw me on, I found that I couldn't continue. The author cannot compete with the equally superb narrations of Frank Muller and George Guidall.

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5 out of 5 stars
By GlennC on 02-17-15

really enjoyed

it was wonderful to listen to Stephen King read one of his stories, I really enjoyed it and would like to hear more!

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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 12-23-12

Save it for last.

As a Tower junkie I obviously loved this book but I'm glad I saved it for last. Although he wrote it to fit between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla I would personally recommend saving it so you can return to the story after the last book and revisit the group at their strongest.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Oliver on 05-14-12

Great story, but mixed narration

I loved this book as I have enjoyed all the dark tower books. This said the narration by King himself is at times monotonous, but at other times, such as with the tax collector fantastic. This uneven approach balances out, but initially I found it a bit off-putting.

This said I am loathe to criticise him as he wrote such a great story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By nanoboy on 04-30-16

A nostalgic read for Dark Tower fans

This book is a story within a story within a story. It doesn't add anything to The Dark Tower epic since the main story is a fairytale told to Roland as a child. It's a good story, say true, but it feels like Stephen King had one more story he just had to tell. Read it if you have already read all the novels in The Dark Tower series.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 04-08-18

What a ripoff - King cashing in on the series

What would have made The Wind Through the Keyhole better?

The book starts with the story of the Gunslinger, Eddie, Susana, Jake and Oy. It then goes into a story told by Roland, from his teens, Then within the story, younger Roland tells another story, which consumes a heap of the book.

This is a shameless cash grab by King on the name of the gunslinger series and I am retuning it in disgust

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

not sure after this

How did the narrator detract from the book?

AWFUL, the cheapskate narrated it himself and did a terrible job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

very disappointed

Any additional comments?

I hope King reads this review

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