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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

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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  • kai
  • 2018-10-13

A long journey to nothing

this book is a long winded introduction and has now pay off at the end

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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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Beware The Dark Tower train, it's a pain

I love this serious but it can leave some readers wanting. If you start it though, good luck. You're in for a wild adventure. #Audible1

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Ok

# Audible 1 The ok I found it took to long before it got interesting.

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Good. Not great.

I had actually read book two when I was a kid and was looking forward to book one. First, let me say that the review may be tainted because I did not enjoy the voice of the narrator. He sounded like a really old skinny cowboy and while that would seem appropriate given the book, I found his voice annoying.

As for the story, while it was good overall, I was more interested in Roland's chase of the man in black than the flashback to the town he stayed in. The chase was done well with the adventures of Roland's encounters of the old man and Jake, especially the choices Roland had to make concerning his quest and the people he met. The flashback to the town, though, felt like a distraction to me. And even having recently finished the book. I don't remember much of it because I was disinterested. However, the flashback to his coming of age ceremony was wonderful and important in his development as well as to references in future books.

It was a good book overall, but not a great one. Still I believe it's worth reading if you're planning on reading the series. I'm currently on book 4 and loved every moment of the other books in the series so far.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2017-07-17

Book 1 of an Epic Tale

This is just the first book in one of the greatest stories ever written. This is a masterpiece. If the first book seems slow, be patient. Like all good epics, it takes time to play out the tale. But to me this book is not slow, it is gripping and detailed. Some of the genius will only come through to you with rereading the series at a later date.

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  • Jkoe
  • Peachtree Corners, GA
  • 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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  • David Murphy
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Matthew Richards
  • 2017-05-21

Did it enjoy this book

Was not able to get hooked on this book, and couldn't see myself reading the rest of series

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