"Up there with Stephen King's best"
A wonderful book more along the lines of "The Green Mile" or "The Body" (AKA "Stand by me") than his horror stories. Highly recommended.
"Different from King's usual fare"
I really enjoyed this book. Michael Kelly's reading style was a bit off-putting at first, but once you got into the flow of it, it really did suit the tone and feel of the story. I would definitely try another book narrated by him to see how it worked.
As for the story it was fun and spooky and evoked feelings that were a little nostalgic. I loved the descriptions of how the theme park was run.
It's been a few months since I've listened to this book. I really need to write reviews straight after. But my overall memories of it are that it had just the right pace and feel and hit all the right notes. I would happily listen to it again
Very good easy listen. Narration excellent, brought the characters alive.
Going to listen to Doctor Sleep now. It won't disappoint
"Best ever Stephen King book so far."
I have read most of Stephen Kings books but Joyland has been the best so far (17 of January 2015) and the narrator Michael Kelly made a good book even better.
"A super story very well told.."
The reading gave the story accent and atmosphere you felt that there was a young man growing.. The young boy was wonderful..
"Perfectly read..scaryish...gripping and unusual"
No as I can't find any others. His performance is superb.
I miss the book now it's finished...
"An unexpected twist"
I love Stephen King and this foray into a new genre does not disappoint - As good at the noir thriller as he is horror
Amongst the top 10
The descriptive aspwct of the first dog dance
Intonation was apt.
Thanks again Stephen.
"He's done it again"
It's a great book, which manages to keep you entertained.
A little bit more action would have been nice, it was a little slow for my liking and not quite like his other books.
He was perfect for the narrator, his voice fitted in well.
I couldn't listen to it in one setting due to it being a little slower than I'd like. I found although it drew me into the book, it didn't keep me wanting to read it.
Different than the usual King books I've read, but enjoyable none the less. A must read for Stephen King fans.
I loved the slow build up and gradual walk through the mystery. It made a great change form the usual BAM! Dead body BAM! Cops and robbers BAM! Action sequence BAM! Final reveal. It's subtler than that and gradually draws you in. At one point around chapter 4 I did find myself wondering if the story was actually going anywhere, but by the end I didn't want it to end.
It's a murder-mystery-whodunnit-ghost story. But more than that, it's a true coming of age novel, where you follow the narrator form his naive, high school nerdiness through to his eventual young-adulthood through the events he experiences. Leaving home for the first time, getting his first real job, his first real break up and experiences with women, his first major life choice, right through to his final realisation of himself as a young adult with his own moral codes and values and beliefs. In that respect it's actually very reminiscent of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road', though not nearly as racy, or others of King's in the same genre such as 'The Body'. It also has moments where you wonder if it might not become something of a Catcher in the Rye or Donny Darko style tale, with a much darker side than initially suspected.
The gypsy fortune teller character is fantastic. She has a naturally split personality between herself, the sweet southern mama, and the foreign accented gypsy facade she uses in the carnival. Then she has a third, more serious, mystical side that is her 'real' psychic abilities coming through when she's just being herself. As always you can picture the characters in your mind's eye; the one who would be played by Jake Gyllenhaal (the narrator, Devin), the one who would be played by Johnny Depp (Lane) and the bit-part crazy costume lady who would be someone like Whoopi Goldberg, just for some comic relief. It's going to make a heck of a good film.
The kite scene was really touching. It was very much a bitter-sweet moment of acceptance based on the old saying 'Childhood's over the moment you know you're going to die,' and handled it with grace and dignity and warmth, yet still managed to make it brutally truthful.
One of those books that you get to the end and think 'Awww, I was enjoying that!'