I've recently listened to many audio books, but I have never reviewed any of them. However, I loved this book so much that I just had to give it a rave review! I loved the story, I loved the narration! I hated for this book to end! Brilliant!
It was a short book, especially for King. The story is well told but it is a little light on substance. For me, reading longer books like 11/22/63 was much more satisfying. Plus, this story didn't have very much depth. Not a bad book, just a little light for me.
I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!
Amusement Park mystery
Devon. A young man's journey growing up while trying to solve a mystery in an amusement park he works at for a season
He developed very good character definition with his voice. I had no trouble telling one character from another
Devon's journey into the past and his future
Very well defined characters. As usual, Stephen King is a master and luring the listening in and keeping him/her engaged to the very end. Well worth the listen!
The characters are all so real. I swear that I know almost every one of them under other names. No one develops characters like Stephen King.
Absolutely! I love the way Mr. King writes. Until the end. His stories just seem to fizzle out.
Every one is authentic and believable.
Yes, Its so well written, a wonderful story with great characters. Stephen King always calls to my youth. His insight into this period has hooked me into his writing and continues to amaze me. This book is also a thriller.
Hearts in Atlantis; Stand by me
The story is seen from the perspective of a teenage boy's first freedom and adult friendships. I can never say enough about Stephen King's insights into his characters.They are magnificent.
Nothing. He had the perfect voice for the main character and did a great job of reading the other characters voices.
It took me a chapter to really get into his voice narration but I got used to it and enjoyed it.
I listened to Mr Mercedes before this one - and I was struck at how many small references that you can find in the books when you listen or read them so close to one another. Names used (Rose, Brady, Midway, etc), places, and the like. It's nice because they tend to all kind of daisy chain each other together in small ways. This book felt in some ways like....the Hardy Boy's grew up a bit and wrote a book. Except it is just one of the Hardy's. I admit, the cover art for this one kept me away for a while- until after Mr Mercedes (and earlier in the year I'd listened to Doctor Sleep) when I wanted to dive into more of King again. He's a great writer, but some stories thrill me and some fall flat. This one is decent and interesting. Not as good as Doctor Sleep, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I love Stephen King...and I really did enjoy this book...but it didn't feel like a King novel to me. In retrospect, that is probably what he was going for. The first part of the book I was not really sure where the storyline was going. A little confusing, and not a familiar feel to this King fan. I felt like I was on a slow moving train, but then the destination started to clear up, and the book did get much better for me. By the end I was very much invested in the characters and the emotional play of the story. A great book, and I am actually looking forward to reading it again at a point in the future.
I was not a huge fan of the narrator. I understand why he was selected to narrate this book...he is about the same age as the main character ( I assume, anyway ), but I felt as if he missed some of the emotion. Also, his cadence in some places was, in my humble opinion, slightly different that what King had in mind.
I love literary fiction and some "guilty pleasures" such as the Louise Penny series. My hubby and I share his non-fiction titles.
Those who select light reads compared to literary fiction
Middlemarch by George Elliot
I can't remember
Not for me--thought I'd try a King after hearing him interviewed, but concluded that he is a waste of time for me. Others in my social circle have enjoyed him, however.
The only thing that I retained from this story was the general impression that it lacks the quality that keeps me engaged. I tried Nora Roberts one time too and had a worse reaction, This story was at least slightly credible and the writing was better than Robert's. I'm just not one who enjoys light reads.
I really enjoyed this one. I've listened to many Stephen King books, and have bought audio books of ones that I've already read because I enjoy listening to the stories when I'm driving, jogging, etc. This one I particularly liked because it's a simple, engaging ghost story and mystery rolled into one. It's not overly long, involves a relatively small number of characters, and has a nice tone throughout. It has a different feel than some of King's other novels; it's not a horror story at all but rather a nostalgia tale with a supernatural twist. It was nice for the characters of Joyland to have the center stage.