Read by Stephen King himself, we join Roland and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. As they shelter from the screaming wind and snapping trees, Roland tells them not just one strange tale, but two–and in doing so sheds fascinating 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 a ranch to investigate a recent slaughter. Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks and terrible carnage–evidence that the ‘skin-man’, a shape-shifter, is at work. There is only one surviving witness: a brave but terrified boy called Bill Streeter.
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, ‘The Wind Through The Keyhole.’ ‘A person’s never too old for stories,’ he says to Bill. ‘Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.’
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980’s and he brought it to the thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is a great standalone novel in the Dark Tower World for newbies but also draws the fans from all the other novels right back to the familiar grounds of Mid-World. The story is a classic fairy tale, science fiction, thriller all wrapped up perfectly in fantasy. Although King is not a voice actor by any means, he does a great job because no one knows these characters and places better than the man himself. That passion and understanding clearly shines through in his verbal interpretation of the novel. Click HERE to listen to an excerpt from the audiobook.
Simon & Schuster has given us an added bonus, as King fans get a really special treat when he also reads an excerpt from his highly anticipated novel, Doctor Sleep. Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining and fans have been wondering for YEARS whatever happened to Danny when he got older. Well the wait is almost over and we can all catch up with Danny and see what horrific situation he has gotten himself into now.
You can order the audio book HERE and indulge in over 10 hours of listening pleasure from a master storyteller, Stephen King.