this is one of the BEST Stephen King books I have ever enjoyed. if you like how King talks about "the old days" of growing up or coming of age in the 70s this is a must read! It's not a typical horror story but scary and enchanting just the same. If you pass this up because you think horror is all you want from SK, you will have passed on a truly great story. Take a chance, like I did. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
I've listened to this story several time now. Each time it gets better. The characters are great and the reader does them justice.
I was hoping for something a little bit frightening but with an interesting plot. Joyland was not that but it certainly was a cute story. I think coming of age tales are fun and this one was cute. I wish it was longer and would have brought us into present day with our narrator (in the book) since we spent so much time living vicariously though his early twenties. Overall the story was pretty short and I think it could have been written longer so that things could have been more developed. The performance narrator did an excellent job and allowed me to totally get sucked into the story with out any distractions from his reading/speaking/performance style. I'd recommend Joyland if you'd like something short and light by a big name like King.
I only got halfway through before deciding to quit. Maybe the ending is spectacular, but I'll never know because the first 3 1/2 hours are just some lame kid and his lame summer job. They mentioned the murder in passing about twice. This is written by the guy who made 1408, and Langoliers, and The Shining? I almost don't believe it. The guy reading it does a pretty good job, but honestly not worth going any further. I could be watching Cujo or playing Fallout 4 or holding my breath until I pass out with the remaining 3 1/2 hours and be way more entertained.
I've never read a Stephen King book before but my husband has enjoyed many of his recent books so I thought I'd give this one a go with him during a long drive. It was an enjoyable listen, good and likable characters and the narrator was excellent.
I enjoyed this book. It held my interest throughout and didn't lag. It wasn't scary like I though it would be though. I just recently began listening to Stephen King and thought this might be a scary book. Even though it wasn't scary it was still good. Definitely worth a credit.