The Wind Through the Key Hole

The Wind Through the Key Hole

Audiobook CD - 2012
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In The Wind Through the Keyhole , Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet - Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler-encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man" preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day's trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," Roland says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them." And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony to the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9781442346963
Branch Call Number: FIC King
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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DCLadults May 29, 2018

This is marvelous. A stand alone novel in the series that reads like a long forgotten western tale with a fantastical edge. I could feel the hot dry wind on my skin and imagine the harsh life of the frontier. This fit nicely with the menacing presence of old magic and a dash of horrific creatures.

May 16, 2017

Such a fun read! Worth giving a listen too!

Aug 18, 2013

This book probably would have fit in better had it been part of the orginial series ( between book 4 and 5 ), but it was a nice addition to the storyline. Somewhat of a short story sandwiched between another short story, I found it enjoyable, albeit a bit predictable. Helps if you have read the first 4 books in the series, but not necessary.

May 02, 2013

What a treat to visit with my favourite ka-tet once again. I thought at the completion of my 25 reading affair with King's Dark Tower series that all was said and done.

But King treats Dark Tower fans to another story about Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy. This one fits seamlessly between the 4th and 5th books.

The cherry on the top of this treat is that King narrates the book himself. This gives the narration that extra bit of verisimilitude because no one knows a story better than its writer.

This is an intricately crafted story within a story within a story that gives us new glimpses into Roland - the last of the Gunslingers.

Thank you Mr. King - this story is well met indeed and we say Thankee Sai!

Sep 06, 2012

I only made it half way through the CDs, probably because I hadn't read any other books in this series. I liked the first part of the story, about a group of people on a journey and taking shelter from a storm. Then I was in another story within the story, of one of the characters when he was younger and he was looking for the skin man monster and met some giant ladies, etc. This part was also really good. Then I got to the 3rd nested story, where the guy was telling the story of the wind through the keyhole. That was just too violent for me. I had to stop and give up on it.

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