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The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Stephen King
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April 24 2012 Dark Tower Novels
In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tetJake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

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Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot Daily Express on THE DARK TOWER Superbly energetic, it's King at his best. Mail on Sunday on WIZARD AND GLASS --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His most recent include 11/22/63, Full Dark, No Stars, Under the Dome, Just Past Sunset, and Lisey’s Story. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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The Dark Tower series has always been coveted by many Stephen King fans, so it's a welcome sight to see another book added to the mythology even though Roland "The Gunslinger" Deschain's quest came to an end several years ago. Taking place between Volume 4 (Wizard & Glass) and Volume 5 (Wolves Of The Calla) we find Roland and his group seeking shelter from a deadly storm during their venture.

The incident recalls to Roland a past murder mystery he investigated in his youth as well as the story that he heard as a child that connects to the storm and the case from long ago. Roland decides to tell these tales to his comrades to pass the time, with the reader falling progressively into each story and then coming back to the present. Longtime readers are rewarded with bits of info that shed some light on a few characters we 're already familiar with, but the structure is very similar to Volume 4's heavy return to the past and therefore only a bit of time is spent expanding Roland 's current journey.

Still, for fans who believed that this series was over, a return to the wickedly bizarre and fantastical world that King created continues to prove itself as a fascinating read. Definitely a must for faithful followers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Dissappoint June 15 2012
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This book fits into the previous series perfectly. I was heartbroken when I finished the last book, knowing that was the end of my time with Roland and his Ka-Tet. This book is mainly based around Roland telling a tale of a childhood story that he was told as a child. The story has the same gripping nature of the rest of the series, and does provide an all too familiar link. It also gives insight into more of Roland's past.
I would have enjoyed more time with Roland and the gang, but all in all, I was very happy with this book, and a feeling of familiar disappoint came at the end of this book; not disappointed in the book but rather that my time with the characters is once again over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Letdown May 26 2012
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Much like all other dark tower fans, Im totally in love with this series, and again, much like dt fans out there, i was afraid this might not fit into the completed story. However, this book did not take anything away from the story it fit in so snuggly, and my fiance who is currently reading the series was able to seamlessly read this book into the previously completed saga. Well done once again SK, pleasant days and pleasant nights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read !!! May 20 2014
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This book compliments the "Dark Tower" series, which were written 30 years ago. It reveals stories of a much younger Roland Deschain (The Gunslinger-main character) and is filled with Mid-World adventures...even if you haven't read the series, I recommend it to all readers, especially King fans.

On another note, The Dark Tower:The Drawing of the Three-The Prisoner, a 5-issue comic book miniseries from Marvel, will be released on September 17, 2014. Another Dark Tower gem for all Stephen King fans out there !!!
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By Ty2K
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This book if you read it on its own without reading any of the other books from 'The Dark Tower' series would be great. However, the only part that puts it into the series is the use of the characters. It really holds no purpose to the other books, however its a nice read to see the ka-tet back together again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matrushka stories Feb. 22 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME
"The Wind in the Keyhole"... is a very odd story. It has three stories layered inside each other -- we have a person telling a story, in which he tells a story to someone else.

And while this new addition to the Dark Tower saga doesn't add a lot to the overall saga, it's a richly textured return to the "world that has moved on." Stephen King spends much of the book (when he's not merrily flipping through narratives) adding more dimensions to his raw, wild world, where a few brave individuals fight against the dark.

Roland, Eddie, Jake, Susannah and Oy take shelter in an abandoned house when a massive storm known as the "starkblast" blows in. To pass the time, Roland begins to tell his ka-tet a story from his youth, before his father's death and the fall of Gilead.

Shortly after his mother's death, his father sent Roland and another young gunslinger named Jamie to Debaria. A small mining town is being ravaged by a "skin-man" -- a shapeshifter who can appear as any kind of predator. With only one witness to the skin-man's rampages, Roland will have to play detective to figure out the killer's identity.

And during one of the quieter moments, he tells a young boy "The Wind Through the Keyhole." It's the story of a boy named Tim, whose father is unexpectedly killed, and whose mother remarries an old friend... who turns out to be an abusive drunk. Desperate to help his mother, he makes a disastrous trip to see an ageless black-cloaked man.... and when that goes horribly wrong, on a quest to find Maerlyn so he can make things right.

He ain't Catherynne Valente, but Stephen King does an impressive job stacking the stories inside each other like a matrushka doll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another awesome Jan. 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book very entertaining. Love the language that gets carried through the series. Looking for the next one now to download.
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Published 1 month ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect copy!
Published 1 month ago by troy
5.0 out of 5 stars whats not to love!
It's Stephen King, whats not to love!
Published 2 months ago by Beeky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
delivered as promised
Published 3 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A story within a story within a story
Very good story telling, as usual. This is not a disappointment, a very good 'side-story' from the original series. Very fun to read!
Published 19 months ago by D. Lyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great King book.
I did like this book and no you don't have to have read the gunslinger series to enjoy it although it does help as you know the participants from the series. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paula M. Mcvicar
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous story by Stephen King
I can't say much more than this: Stephen King knows how to please his long-time fans. I was sad to see the Ka-tet end their quest in The Dark Tower VII, so the reading of this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by N. B. Eoff
3.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a storm in a tea cup.
As Roland tries to shelter from a menacing storm I was reminded slightly of the same kind of atmosphere as the witches conjure up evil at the beginning of Macbeth and,indeed,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Oliver Lambard
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it as I i love every Stephen King book I have read wonderful...
Wonderful read!!! Great addition to the Dark Tower Series, Would love to see more books like this that add to the background and experiences of the characters in the series.
Published 20 months ago by Gale A Amos-Weiterman
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