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The Wind Through the Keyhole

A Dark Tower Novel
Narrated by: Stephen King
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.

For listeners new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower.

Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

This Russian Doll of a novel, a story within a story, within a story, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. (The novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.)

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, a 'skin man,' 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 these, they live for us.

©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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  • nanoboy
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 30-04-2016

A nostalgic read for Dark Tower fans

This book is a story within a story within a story. It doesn't add anything to The Dark Tower epic since the main story is a fairytale told to Roland as a child. It's a good story, say true, but it feels like Stephen King had one more story he just had to tell. Read it if you have already read all the novels in The Dark Tower series.

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Great writer, terrible narrator

They really should have got George Guidall back to narrate. only his voice is how I imagine the Katet I couldn’t even finish it. Heading Roland sound like a middle aged author just didn’t work

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  • Simon
  • Hendra, Australia
  • 08-04-2018

What a ripoff - King cashing in on the series

What would have made The Wind Through the Keyhole better?

The book starts with the story of the Gunslinger, Eddie, Susana, Jake and Oy. It then goes into a story told by Roland, from his teens, Then within the story, younger Roland tells another story, which consumes a heap of the book.

This is a shameless cash grab by King on the name of the gunslinger series and I am retuning it in disgust

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

not sure after this

How did the narrator detract from the book?

AWFUL, the cheapskate narrated it himself and did a terrible job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

very disappointed

Any additional comments?

I hope King reads this review

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Stephen King isn't a great voice actor

The story was great but, King's voice act leaves a bit to be desired, it also breaks from the continuity from the previous voice actor. The story itself however was great!

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  • Huw
  • 16-07-2016

Everything I wanted

A nice little extra for the lovers of the dark tower. Steven stumbles a little at the start but makes the rest of the book feel almost like frank was reading it

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  • Lori
  • Australia
  • 03-09-2015

Loved it

I have been re-visiting the Gunslinger series in audio format, and what a treat to have it read by Stephen King himself. To be honest, I preferred Frank Muller narrating as he is much more lively and does great voices. However Mr King does a pretty good job, and I enjoyed listening to him.

As for a review on the story itself, as a Gunslinger fan, I very much enjoyed this one - but best you look at the other reviews or Goodreads for a more thorough insight into the story :)

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  • Oliver
  • 14-05-2012

Great story, but mixed narration

I loved this book as I have enjoyed all the dark tower books. This said the narration by King himself is at times monotonous, but at other times, such as with the tax collector fantastic. This uneven approach balances out, but initially I found it a bit off-putting.

This said I am loathe to criticise him as he wrote such a great story.

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  • William
  • 23-12-2012

Save it for last.

As a Tower junkie I obviously loved this book but I'm glad I saved it for last. Although he wrote it to fit between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla I would personally recommend saving it so you can return to the story after the last book and revisit the group at their strongest.

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  • Robbie G
  • 26-04-2017

The weakest of the first 4.5 books in this series

Stephen King as an author is fantastic... but as a narrator, his voice drones on and on, and I found it increasingly difficult to maintain my concentration. It also did not help that the book itself was far from the quality of the preceding four books.

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  • Mark
  • 18-05-2012

Great story

I think Mr King gets away with the narration, mainly because Roland is young during most of the narrative in which he features. The Dark Tower stories put me mind of a surreal, wondrous and melancholic dream, after which you awake a little disturbed but also marvelling at how inventive it was. OK it's not Steinbeck, but King has a similar talent for pulling you into the story, making you feel for his characters. More please ! (However, get a pro narrator in for a older Roland). Mark

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  • Mum of wrestling fan
  • 11-03-2018

Simply awful narration

I love the Dark Tower series. The stories are great fun and the narration by Frank Muller and George Guidall is first class. Stephen King’s narration, however is dire. There is no distinction between characters’ voices, his tone is monotonous and drearily dull and he has an awful, nasally drone. Whoever told him narrating this book himself was a good idea needs firing. Immediately. Stephen, you’re a great writer but please, stick to what you do best and leave narrating audiobooks to the professionals.

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  • Luke MacMahon
  • 13-04-2013

The Wind through the Keyhole

Initially I was sceptical about this title on two fronts. Most obviously I was concerned King was just cashing in on an established series to pacify his publisher. Second, King chose to read the book himself, and whatever his capacity to spin a yarn, his voice is a tad dreary. But for the most part my concerns were laid to rest. I still think that King should accept his auditory limitations, however, you get use to his drone over time. More importantly, the book itself is a pleasant enough add-on to the main story. I actually think he made a good choice to make the central characters of the Dark Tower a vehicle for a side story, and while I am no closer to understanding why anyone apart from the Crimson King was so interested in destroying everything, or quite why most of them would ever have wanted to work for him, it was still pleasant to be re-acquainted with Roland and his ridiculously named Ka-Tet (I really will not apologise for any spelling mistake on that one.)

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  • Jan
  • 12-08-2012

Not a stand alone novel

I bought this as it says it's a stand alone novel. However, this isn't true at all as the narrative starts with a very long winded history of everything you need to know before the book starts. I really like King's writing so it's not a slur on him at all - just that perhaps you do actually need to have read all of The Dark Tower books first. I now have this two part audio which I can't listen to until I've bought and listened to all the Dark Tower series! Mis-sold in my opinion, but happy to keep because I know it'll be great to listen to after the seven Dark Tower books...

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  • Peter
  • 16-07-2012

A Good Addition to the Series

I've read the whole Dark Tower series, finishing some years ago, so a revisit was met with eagerness but also some doubt. This was also my first on audio. The story is as good as any in the series and the stories engaging. I could also see this being a good introduction to somebody who hasn't read the others as it stands on its own well.
I had seen previous comments that King's narration wasn't brilliant but I had no problem at all. There's something about the words read as they were written that makes it special. His voice is softer than I imagined and can suffer a bit from monotone in places but I wouldn't hold off just because of this.
All round an enjoyable experience.

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  • Tina
  • 19-03-2019

Great story, monotone narration. Still worth a listen.

If you can get passed the poor narration style then the story is still worth a listen.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 25-01-2019

nice distraction.

A nice collection of short stories from Stephen King. an enjoyable read and nice addition to the series.