- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 6, 2003
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000E69E6
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There has always been a feeling that "The Gunslinger," at under 300 pages, is just right to introduce us to the world of The Dark Tower and Roland as the last Gunslinger. He is a likeable, realistic character who shares a wide range of feelings and reflections that will make you wonder if you should love and hate him.
The Gunslinger is an easy to read and just hints at the history, tragedies and issues of Roland's life. His search through the barren wasteland in search of the elusive Man in Black shows through flashbacks a small inkling of the real complexity of the series to come. The incredible realism of the characters in this strange world is fascinating. The book is a true joy for all fans of magic, horror, quest and westerns. Roland appears to be a complex mix of individuals including man in Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" type westerns.
It's difficult to find a fantasy that can really make you sit back and think. This series has great characters, a fairly fast paced story, one of the most original worlds since Tolkien and of course is beautifully put together by Stephen King. He creates a universe, that slowly but surely was connected to most of his other books. It is amazing how all the bits and pieces of the other books fit into the Dark Tower series and you think `Yeah that's how it should fit together.'
This whole series of books rank among my favourites and now that they are on my Kindle I have reread them again for about the 10th time. I'm sure if you read the 1st book The Gunslinger you will be hooked... whether you are a Stephen King fan or not.
In the first installment of The Dark Tower series, we are introduced to Roland Deschain, a Gunslinger whose sole purpose is to meet up with The Man In Black. In his journey along the way, he meets up with a boy named Jake and takes him under his wing.
Parts of the book really dragged for me and, even though I finished book, I still feel a bit lost! I will continue on with the series and hope that I get hooked with the next one. This is definitely my least favourite King book, and I much prefer his horror books to this fantasy series so far. However, I am trying to be optimistic that the series will pick up given its popularity. I like the whole good versus evil vibe, and I am hoping that I won't be disappointed!
This is my first narration by George Guidall, and his voice was a nice choice for the book. However, his reading does tend to speed up during the more exciting scenes, and I actually had to put my iPod on ½ speed to follow along at a regular pace.
MY RATING: 2 stars!! Meh, it was just "ok".
This is not a stand alone book. It sets things up. It is set in the future in an apocalyptic world. There are no cars, probably because there is no gas. In this book a gunslinger is walking with a mule in the desert. He has sworn to go to the Dark Tower - don't know why. He is following a sorcerer whom he believes can tell him how to get there. Gunslinger carries two revolvers. He is an excellent shot. He has excellent insights into people. There's a short back story about when he first became a gunslinger.
The narrator George Guidall was fine, but he's not as good as Frank Muller.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook reading time: 7 hrs and 24 mins. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual content: A few sex scenes are referred to, no details shown. Setting: apocalyptic future in the U.S. Book copyright: 1982 and 2003. Genre: apocalyptic fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I'm glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland's ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer's comment "in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul." (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan "Aranarth")
Although not necessary, you might be glad to read The Stand before reading this series. The evil guy in The Stand (Flagg) continues being evil here. I really liked what happened to him in the first half of Dark Tower book 7. Throughout the series there are snippets of characters from various King books, but nothing to recommend reading those books first.