The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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“It’s both a pleasure and a surprise to encounter The Wind Through the Keyhole, a new, largely independent narrative set in a previously unexplored corner of Roland’s universe.” (The Washington Post)
“Masterful . . . King shows himself to be an ace storyteller yet again, spinning yarns like a favorite relative about a hero and his adventures in a world like our own but just slightly skewed.” (USA Today)
“Each nested narrative delivers its fair share of suspense, action and solid character work. King knows this fictional universe intimately, and his love for it shines through every page.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Vivid and precise . . . A genre mash-up of horror/western/detective fiction, in which our hero rides into town to wade through gore, solve a mystery, and bring justice to an unruly frontier town.” (Esquire)
“A fairy tale of great adventure and beauty.” (Vulture)
“Pitch-perfect . . . Even those who aren’t familiar with the series will find the conclusion both satisfying and moving.” (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
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.
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.
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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If you're a fan of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King you really have to check this out. Fits in the with the Dark Tower series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SALAAM
the 'gunslinger' series is a highlight of stephen king's writing career.Published 8 months 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 13 months ago by Joel Andrews
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