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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba!

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves listeners eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

©1993, 2003 Stephen King (P)2003 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center." ( Milwaukee Sentinel)
"Brilliant, fresh and compelling - will leave you panting for more." ( Booklist)

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Ate up all my time

I was interested in the series for years and was disappointed by the film. After a chapter I was hooked. Can't wait to see where the story goes from here.

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Wow, that was painful.

I was very hopeful coming off diving back into the genre and having a very good experience with another saga.

I simply can not understand the high ratings. It is more a compendium of short stories linked together by the same(ish) characters.

The language used by the author comes out as a stream of words often randomly and unnecessarily combined.

I will get to be gettin my credit back, and yar, will do so for certain to move on to another author, yar.

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Again I am not disappointed by the writer and narrator

King spins stories within stories in worlds built upon worlds. And he does it without losing you in a maze of characters and places. The reader marks the crumbs the author drops along the path because you sense they are the ones which will not be eaten by birds. The landscapes are characters that stay with you as much as any of the people you meet along the way.

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Great

Great story with great characters. It was very enjoyable I couldn't stop listening to it

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not a disappointment

the movie left me wanting. That's why I decided to reread the books using Audible. Thanks Audible for making this easy.

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  • Becky
  • 2017-07-29

A long prologue

I was really excited to start this series, but now after reading the first book I can tell that I have a long ways to go. This book had moments of fun, but in the end it was just an introduction to a much larger story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-07-25

Nearly Perfect

Love the story, love the pace just not a fan of Mr. Guidall's whiney Jake voice. He's a gunslinger for the man Jesus' sake! Remember the face of your father and show some respect...

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Gerri Atkinson
  • 2017-06-08

Just as good as I remember

Loved this book decades ago and it still holds up. Can't wait for the movie version!

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  • Jkoe
  • 2017-06-04

Not great

What disappointed you about The Gunslinger?

This book was one of the most boring things I have ever experienced. I toughed it out because everyone said how great the series is. I almost quit several times because it was so slow. I did enjoy book 2 more than this one, so I'm glad I got through this. It was rough.

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  • Michael williams
  • 2017-05-26

Too Strange

just too difficult to follow the storyline. Perhaps I will get the next book to see if I can catch on. Performance was excellent.

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  • Jonny
  • 2017-05-22

should have been a short story

little of this book has any significance other than to convey the mood of the world. The story, when, it finally arrives in one burst of information, is intriguing and very nearly makes the previous monotonous reading worthwhile.

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  • Andrew
  • 2017-05-19

way too far out there for me.

just beyond my point of a logic and entertainment. it reminded me a little of blood meridian, but only in the bad ways.

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  • David Murphy
  • 2017-06-11

My favorite book.

This is the first book of Stephen King's Magnum Opus. It is a combination of spaghetti western, occult, and science fiction all tied together by romantic and philosophical ideals.

It is very short and gets very dark at certain points: this paired with the wonderful narration of George Guidall is why I believe all should give it a listen.

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  • Aj moore
  • 2017-05-23

weird

The narrator done a fine job but I couldn't get into the story. I am a fan of Mr King and he really has a way with words but sometimes he is just to weird for me. This is one of those times.

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  • Roland
  • 2017-05-21

I almost quit couple of times.

At no point of the story I felt that I cared too much for the protagonist. I felt that the novellas with backstory were meant to tell me something, but the whole point was lost on me.

105 of 126 people found this review helpful