The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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 an alternate Audio CD 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 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.
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.
In all of its 300 plus pages there is hardly a character or story that can hold the reader’s attention. The pitiful patch of story as there is can be told in (or rather expanded into!) one sentence, with no fear of spoilers: On a stormy day Roland and his friends cross a river to take shelter in a house, and Roland reminisces how he as a young man had killed a monster who was terrorizing the countryside (this reminiscence is rather an excruciatingly boring and unimaginative retelling of the St. George and the Dragon legend). That’s all, the story. To utilize 300 pages to tell it is sheer cruelty towards the reader.
In this book SK has managed to marry two contradictory aims: keep it short (compared to the normal length of his books) but still give an impression of dry verbosity.
The attractive qualities of SK’s writing- his facility with the language, the quirky wit, meticulously etched characters, irony, surprise twists, and most importantly imagination, which are most evident in his early works, and glimpsed in patches in the later works, are completely missing in this unimaginative dry as gravel book. Difficult to believe it is written by SK.
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.Read more ›
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the 'gunslinger' series is a highlight of stephen king's writing career.Published 10 days ago by re1000
The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower - It was nice to travel back to the world of Roland the gunslinger one more time! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joel Andrews
A good read, and a nice little addition to the Dark Tower series. There is so much more of that world to discover!Published 6 months ago by Ross Wolff
A very quick read, wasn't expecting the book to be so short. I guess I should look at the book details more closely, eh? LOL! Read morePublished 8 months ago by AntBee
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