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The Dark Tower I

The Dark Tower, Book 1
Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (305 ratings)

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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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Great listen too.

This book was very easy to getblost in. I often found myself rooting fornthe wrong side...

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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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Hard to listen to

I found this narrator pretty bland and hard to listen to. Wife almost wanted to stop listening. Good book but bad performance. Next one was much better

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Great story, awkward narration.

I probably wouldn't continue this series if the rest of the books were read by the same narrator. He has a great voice for the gunslinger's character but I find that he parses his sentences quite awkwardly. It took me way longer than it should have to get through this.

That being said, the story is intriguing, captivating, and I can't wait to see where it goes!

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Exceptional

This is an amazing story. I just loved it. It kept me wanting more. Can't wait to hear the others

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not one of my favorite

im ususally a King fan, this fantasy world novel i just couldnt get into. still a king fan though....

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Fantastic read/listen

This is a captivating tale of a lonely gunslinger on his quest for redemption and battle against evil. The narrator is great and pulls you into these characters. #Audible1 #KingisKing

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The narration is good.

I especially enjoyed the duel between Roland and his gunslinger mentor and Roland's choice of weapon. #Audible1

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-01-14

LIKE A DULL AX THROUGH A CALF'S BRAIN

Y IS A CROOKED LETTER AND CAN'T BE MADE STRAIGHT
This recording, which replaced the old recording is, I believe the same, old recording, only with King's introduction taken out. An intro in which King said he did not know where this series was going. For me that showed big time in the feel of the story. I enjoyed the first chapter which was, more of a novelette. After that, the story is told mostly in dreams and remembering. Even the first chapter is Roland telling his story to another man.

DO SOME MEN EVER GROW UP OR ONLY COME OF AGE?
This series has a huge following, but it is more for those who like descriptive language, dreamy wild scenes, but no plot. If horror was a main subject and not a sub of fiction, this would be under Weird Western. Joe R. Lansdale and Jack Ketchum write in that genre a lot. This story was just a little too abstract for my taste.

LONG DAYS, PLEASANT NIGHTS
Guidall is the father of narrators and one of the best still. He makes the story better.

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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.

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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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  • steven
  • 2017-07-03

dreadfully slow

I found it to be a very dull and boring book. hopefully the next book is much better

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Coralie M.
  • 2019-07-21

Très bien lu, même si l'histoire en elle-même est plus un prélude qu'un livre en soi.