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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,812 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Stephen King Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dark Tower Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781442346970
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For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—this is an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and a perfect introduction to the series.

Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s, and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published from 2003–2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement. It is also the basis for a long-running Marvel Comics series.

Now, with The Wind through the Keyhole, King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man,” Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.” 

Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gae | 7/28/2016

    " I am not sure if I understood the characters and especially the intermingling of two different stories. I may not have done justice to the rating because I am not familiar with this series. Maybe, I will try again with previous books in the series and obtain a better understanding. Take my comments based on this one book and decide for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chap | 5/3/2016

    " Technically, The Wind through the Keyhole, written by Stephen King and narrated by George Guidall is NOT in the Gun Slinger series. This books it a later eddition that King calls 4.5. Start at book number one (the gunslinger) and listen or read them all. It is fantastic and well worth the time. George Guidall is a fantastic narrator of this book. After completion of the sixth book in the series the characters in the book have become well developed and at this point it is natural to have a favorite. Mine is Eddie Dean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Melville | 2/19/2014

    " Great bonus read for those who've missed the Dark Tower series. It's a story within a story within a story. I don't recommend it as a stand-alone or first Dark Tower book, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn Killian | 1/28/2014

    " This book was so wonderful, as are all of Stephen King's fantasy novels. I dearly treasure them. I cried at the end. It was beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/28/2014

    " Remember when Michael Jordan hit a championship winning basket to end his career? That shot was the end of Dark Tower book 7. Remember when he came back and played for the Washington Wizards? That's The Wind Through the Keyhole; it's mildly amusing but adds nothing to the pre-existing legacy. This "book 4.5" release from last year is essentially two reasonably entertaining back stories from the dark tower universe tenuously connected by a throwaway scene that wasn't strong enough to make it into the 1,500 pages that comprised books 4 & 5 proper. This is a nice stroll down memory lane for fans of the series, but it's never profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake Moody | 1/22/2014

    " Thought it was a great read, but I seem to love all Stephen King's stuff. I was trying to figure it out....I believe this was a story within a story within a story. I love his story telling and would definitely read more dark tower books!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 1/21/2014

    " A welcome return to Mid-World, even with the story-within-a story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 1/19/2014

    " Stephen King's storytelling is as superb as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/16/2014

    " I guess the ending didn't traumatize me too much since I came back for more. Loved this nested story that gave a bit more insight into Roland and his world. And despite it being chronologically 4.5 in the series, I always hold with reading in publication order and am glad I did that here as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Rock | 12/22/2013

    " An incredible side journey amidst the Dark Tower series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Dillard | 12/12/2013

    " A story within a story, within a story! One of the best of the Dark Tower series! Stephen king at his best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/9/2013

    " I thought this "out of place" novel would not be as good as the "regular" Gunslinger series but it was! It is not as long as the others but is every bit as intense and a very good story. I could not put it down. If you have not read any of the gunslinger series this works as a stand alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/7/2013

    " A coming of age story within a story within a story... Villianous monsters, heroic gunslingers, forgiving dragons and a mother-whopping, bone-rattling, teeth-chattering monster of a mythical ice storm. A hellava fun way to spend a Nor-easter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tsukiori | 12/5/2013

    " It was a very good read and made me very nostalgic for the first four books of the series. I am still trying to pretend that the other three didn't happen... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathalie | 5/25/2013

    " I needed to read this because I am a huge Dark Tower Fan... Alas, I was sadly disappointed. The stories just didn't grab me like the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica Lynne | 1/29/2013

    " More great story telling from the King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Bault | 9/15/2012

    " I was surprised how great it felt to return to these characters and this world. I hope King writes some more of these side stories to The Dark Tower. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 8/10/2012

    " Excellent. It's helpful to have read the seven Dark Tower books before reading this one, but not absolutely essential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 7/21/2012

    " Cool part with the story within the story within the story - featuring a GPS named Daria. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 7/21/2012

    " Love this book. King at his old self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Bishop | 5/18/2012

    " King is a master storyteller. We join old friends in one story, hear another and, within that story, yet another. Seamless and wonderful fairy tale for adults. A joy to read - I could not put it down until finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudi | 4/15/2012

    " Awesome! I really enjoyed another trip to Mid-World. Very clever book :) "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.