The Dark Tower is now a major motion picture from Dreamworks starring Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black
In his New York Times bestselling The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga to tell a story about gunslinger Roland Deschain in his early days.
The Wind Through the Keyhole is a sparkling contribution to the series that can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V. This Russian doll of a novel, a story within a story within a story, visits Roland and his ka-tet as a ferocious, frigid storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. 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, 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 The Wind Through the Keyhole live for us with Stephen King’s fantastical magic that “creates the kind of fully imagined fictional landscapes a reader can inhabit for days at a stretch” (The Washington Post).
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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
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!
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