No one ever confused Stephen King for a master novelist. This was not the richest plotting he's done and often I felt that all the seemingly diverse characters were much to similar in what they said and how they said it. Everybody sardonic and smarty-ass in their repartee. Thus said it was defintt fun to listen to right to the über cornball finale.
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" meets "The Summer of 42" without the compelling parts.
It's too short for the number of characters and plot twists. The protagonist was the only character that was fleshed out. Overall a pedestrian tale.
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I enjoyed this book very much, although, it didn't have the same Stephen King feel as some of his other books. It almost didn't seem like a Stephen King novel at all except for the way that all of his books have tie-ins to one another. This was an easy and fun listen, and I recommend it very much, but it is not going to stay with you for a lifetime like some of King's other works. I can remember sitting down in seventh grade and reading Pet Cemetery and then writing a review for the school paper and believing I was brilliantly cool. I don't see anyone having that similar experience decades later with this one, but that is not to say it is not worth a listen.
That is the best I can say about this book is WOW!! You have to give this one a listen!!
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I enjoyed this short little book.
I don't know what it is about Stephen King and his writing. While I'm listening to his audio books I like them, but when I look back on them I don't know why I like them.
To me Joyland was a feel good book.
Yes - time well-spent because I had to keep my eyes closed post eye surgery, but I'd have preferred to go back to an old King classic if I knew what I was in for.
King's latest Joyland feels watered down and childish. YA at best. Th profanity - there's not much - felt like an after effect to up the mature ante. Why it's written from an adult perspective is beyond me, as the now adult narrator brings no insight to the book or story, just this old man nostalgia. King uses it as a clumsy literary device to build suspense when the prose itself isn't capable... "If only I knew then what I knew now..."
Certainly I am older than when I first read the classics - Different Seasons, the Stand, oh my goodness - Graveyard Shift! But this just plods along. The ghosty-hauntedness - don't get your hopes up.
Awesome narrator. Excellent voices, none of them overdone. I'm a Yankee and none of the East Coast accents felt overwrought. I was growing so tired of the lagging storyline, had Michael Kelly not been excellent, I would likely have given up... Or started to hate him a little.
Nope. The story, as abbreviated as it was, was drawn out way too long and obviously. Do you recall just how awesome second-sightedness was created in the Shining? How artful and elegant and mysterious and believable? How Mr. Halloran was so gracefully aware? Well, you won't find that here. Nope. Where Mr. Halloran sleekly shined, the prescience in Joyland is as subtle as the lights in Vegas.
Fabulous narrator. Disappointingly bland King.