Saturday, September 16, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower 1 by Stephen King
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: January, 1st, 2016
Format: Audiobook narrated by George Guidall
Source: Audible
My Rating: ★★

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In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, 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 pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
Stephen King has always been my white whale. He's such a big writer and his catalog is so vast, that I just never could bring myself to finally read his work. I have heard such great things about his Dark Tower series, even my boyfriend remembers reading it and liking it a lot and he reads like maybe a book a year. I just never could will myself to read King, but since The Dark Tower movie was coming out, I decided I have to finally take the plunge! Although, I don't think I'm going to be watching the adaptation now. So I finally read myself some King, and I started with The Dark Tower series which was such a good idea!

I did the audiobook for the first book in The Dark Tower series, and I have to say George Guidall was a good choice. He has the kind of gruff voice that immediately put me into the mindset that this is a Western book. I think he really help me see the setting in my head.

The structure in this novel is a little harder to follow on audio, as it goes back and forth between past and present, so if you forget to pay attention for a minute you might get lost. I think if you actually read the book it's not as confusing.

Not too much happens in this book, but enough to make me question WHAT exactly is going on in this story. It also made me intrigued. I want to learn more about why Roland is the last Gunslinger and want to know more about the Man in Black. Also, what does this all have to do with Jake? and why was he pulled into this world? You can tell that Jake is written from a different modern time just in how he talks and thinks, but I don't think it really takes anything away from his character. I like that we have a character in this novel that is supposed to act as the mirror for the audience.

This book does feel a little bit more like an introduction, but the world building in this is so awesome that I am excited to read more. I actually heard from a friend that loves this series that the second book is better, so I  definitely want to continue this series.

Have you read this series? Which book is your favorite? Do you have any "white whale" authors?

Happy Reads Everyone!