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Darktower 01 Gunslinger [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Stephen King
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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May 25 1998 Dark Tower (Book 1)
Filled with ominous landscapes and macabre menace, Stephen King's latest mass market novel features The Gunslinger, a haunting figure in combat with The Man in Black in an epic battle of good versus evil. A spellbinding tale that is both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike.

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King's (Pet Sematary, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/98) fantastical and allegorical "Dark Tower" series commenced in 1982 with the publication of The Gunslinger. Subsequent volumes have appeared about every five years thereafter. The Gunslinger introduces protagonist Roland as he pursues the Man in Black through bleak and tired landscapes in a world that has "moved on." Roland believes that the Man in Black knows and can be made to reveal the secrets of the Dark Tower, which is the ultimate goal of Roland's quest. The Waste Lands sees Roland and his fellow travelers continuing the quest for the Dark Tower. They journey through imaginative landscapes, over astounding obstacles, and meet with and confront a unique and fully drawn cast of characters, both human and nonhuman. Reader Frank Muller gives voice to the characters with a thoroughly engaging precision, accuracy, and great humanity and with an edge that drives the story onward and seems to amplify King's skill as an author. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.?Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


'Pulse-poundingly engaging' -- Sunday Express on SONG OF SUSANNAH King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic. -- Daily Express on THE DARK TOWER 'Join the quest before it's too late' -- Independent on Sunday on SONG OF SUSANNAH 'Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot' -- Daily Express on WOLVES OF THE CALLA 'Superbly energetic, it's King at his best' -- Mail on Sunday on WIZARD AND GLASS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a bone-dry beginning May 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Stephen King's Dark Tower series of books. I think that "Wizard and Glass" is possibly the best book he has written so far. I am always evangelizing others on the greatness of King's massive uber-story. Yet book one, "The Gunslinger," seems to be one heck of a stumbling block for most folks.
This is understandable. The story begins with Roland (the main protagonist of the series) in his darkest place. He has become hardened, unable to love. The story ends with him making the most heartless of decisions. "The Gunslinger puts the capital "G" in Grim.
Yet this almost unbearably bleak backdrop is essential to what the story of Roland and the Dark Tower becomes. In it we learn of what Roland is--a "Gunslinger"--and how he became one. We learn of the treachery that has set the course of Roland's destiny in motion.
Most of "The Gunslinger" comes off like a flashback wrapped inside a horrible hallucination. Bad things happen and there is no fulfilling end to this part of the tale. It understandably turns a lot of folks off to going any further with The Dark Tower.
I am here to tell you to keep on pressing on. King's story is, in my opinion, turning into one of the most epic and worthwhile tales ever written. The dryness of the Gunslinger is more than compensated for in the following books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing: Got me Hooked June 9 2012
By Chronic
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is amazing, and it does a great job of introducing you to Roland as a character, as he chases the mysterious man in black through the desert. You see his personality and are told about his trials as a gunslinger. After you finish the book, you understand who Roland is, but not all the answers are given. The only warning I will give you, is that if you love the first one, this book will make you want to read all seven of them. And of course, what would a Dark Tower book be without a shootout. Stephen King is a master of the craft, and this book proves that he can write an epic tale just as well as he can a tale of horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just a guy thing July 1 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've just completed the first in The Dark Tower Series, and I have to say, I think, this is one of King's best told stories yet. I was a little disappointed to see one review suggesting that this book is "a guy thing"; so, ladies especially, I wanted you to know (coming from a woman, mother, wife, etc. and long-time King fan) that this book has a little bit of everything told in a parallel world that will keep you turning the pages, in true Stephen King style. Roland, the last Gunslinger, is a likeable, and realistic character who shares a wide range of feelings and reflections that will make you love and hate him. His dealings with his women, his mentors, and his too brief travel mate, Jake, make him a rugged, yet soft-hearted hero, one that I will not too soon forget. The book is hard to put down, and will make you long for the next pages in the saga, even before you've finished.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This series has been on my TBR list since I was a teenager! I own multiple copies of the books in the series: Bound copies on my shelves, Kindle copies, and also audiobooks. Yet, I have never read them! I have finally taken the plunge into the series, and it was not at all what I expected! I was hoping for the "creep factor" that I have experienced in other King novels, but it was missing here.

In the first installment of The Dark Tower series, we are introduced to Roland Deschain, a Gunslinger whose sole purpose is to meet up with The Man In Black. In his journey along the way, he meets up with a boy named Jake and takes him under his wing.

Parts of the book really dragged for me and, even though I finished book, I still feel a bit lost! I will continue on with the series and hope that I get hooked with the next one. This is definitely my least favourite King book, and I much prefer his horror books to this fantasy series so far. However, I am trying to be optimistic that the series will pick up given its popularity. I like the whole good versus evil vibe, and I am hoping that I won't be disappointed!

This is my first narration by George Guidall, and his voice was a nice choice for the book. However, his reading does tend to speed up during the more exciting scenes, and I actually had to put my iPod on ' speed to follow along at a regular pace.

MY RATING: 2 stars!! Meh, it was just "ok".
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've wanted to read the Dark Tower series for some time now, so I dove in.

1) It was short so I was done quickly.

1) It read like a bunch of smaller stories pieced together (which is exactly the case, apparently. Originally this 'novel' was 5 separate short stories by Stephen King which he threaded together and released as a novel).

2) Nothing is explained. Stories are just related with little to no detail, backstory, or explanation. Some of the stories were interesting but no follow up or explanation after they were told left me wanting more.

3) Other reviews have stated this sounds like a badly written university fanfic - technically also true because King based this novel on the poem 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came' by Robert Browning which he read in university.

4) I'm nitpicking now, but it took Stephen King 12.5 years to finish this. Really? And it's still not great after being revised and expanded....

He does state that they get a lot better as they go on so I've buckled up and purchased the next 6 books to see where this goes.

I love Stephen King's work in general and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very slow read
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Published 7 months ago by Luisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tower is not very dark
A difficult read at any time. Liked the Marvel comic better. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
Published 8 months ago by Irwin Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Not your typical Stephen King, but awesome series.Once I read the first book I was hooked and had to read the entire series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GinaJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
When my friend asked me to read this I was skeptikal since I had never read Stephen King. Now I am hooked and on the fourth book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by fromthenorth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Although a little confusing and random in parts, I did really enjoy reading this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published on May 27 2011 by B. Went
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
My copy of The Gunslinger is old. Damn old. It's got a few pictures, for chrissakes.

It's a short novel, but I have to say - I've never read so few pages and become so... Read more
Published on April 26 2011 by IDGS
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