Another moving story. I really like the characters in this story. He always makes you see them as friends.
I really enjoyed King's Joyland. I had seen some negative ratings, and wasn't sure what to expect. Joyland exceeded my expectations in every way. It is one of my favorite King stories now, up there on my list by Bag of Bones. I felt like Joyland was a lot like Bag of Bones, though I can't exactly put my finger on why. It might be the first person point of view, the great characters, the element of a child who can see what others can not, and the relationship of the protagonist to the child. In any case, I had the same feelings when i listen to Joyland when I listened to bag of Bones. I listen (or read) to Bag of Bones usually twice a year, sometimes 3 times. I can see myself adding Joyland to my repeat listen list.
Michael Kelly did an excellent job narrating. He was perfect, perfect inflection, perfect tone, perfect voice all around. I expecially appreciated how he read the children and female characters. Many men read female voices as nasal and valley girl, which totally ruins the story for me. Kelly did a great job, and I could enjoy the story. In fact, I felt the narration added to the story rather than just disappeared into it.
So, I went back and read some of the negative reviews, and they mostly seem to be a negative reaction to the fact that Joyland isn't a blood and guts, scary HORROR story. As if horror is ALL that Kind writes. King has never written ONLY blood and guts scary horror. He writes fantasy and sci-fi to horror to the strange and fantastic. I would say all his writing has elements that carry through all of his works, but not all of them are the same. Joyland is a ghost story, but that's not the only story. There is also a story about a young man and a woman, a young man and a sick child, an amusement park, and so on. King's works are always stories within stories within people and Joyland fits that mold. If you like King for his well drawn characters, fantastic yet somehow down to earth and believable plots and settings and the way he can make those people and places come alive, then you will probably like Joyland. If you are only interested in blood and guts and scary horror, you might not like Joyland at all.
I thought this story was narrated beautifully. Michael Kelly did an awesome job with the characters and made the story more compelling than it might have been had I been reading it instead.
Love the characters in this book--one of King's talents--and the carnival setting made for a fun read. This one won't leave you shaking in your boots like The Shining, but it's got enough of the classic King chill to keep loyal fans happy.
I rely heavily on customer reviews when using my credits and when I saw this Stephen King offering with such stellar reviews I figured it was a can't miss selection. The story is decent, borderline mediocre. Really this one is closer to the short stories King has done like "the body", which they used for the Movie "Stand By Me". I think if you are looking for a thriller you will be sadly disappointed. Big name authors sometimes get a pass on the reviews and I think that is the case here. I am a big Stephen King fan, loved 11-22-63, but this one was almost boring. Narration was average. The primary storyline is simply about a young man coming of age. A subplot about a serial killer makes up a very small portion of the book and ties to a ghost make up an even smaller and almost unrelated aspect of the story.
Yes, the story was great and the reading was spot on.
I loved when you began to learn the language of Carnies.
I really liked the in keeper. She plays a small part but I liked her humor and way of speaking.
You should listen to this book. Well worth the time.
Although the writing is good, as are all SK books, the story fails to entertain. First off, by reading what the book was about, I expected a good mystery. However, more than three quarters of the book is about a kid skipping a year of college to work at Joyland amusement park. The story of the friends he meets and the different duties he preforms, blah-blah-blah-boring. The mystery, if you can call it that, happens in the last hour and a half of the book. I'm just thankful it wasn't another one of SK's 1000 page books. At least time management was acceptable.
Yes, The story is the classic who done it with thrills and you can't figure it out until the end.
ODD Thomas books
at the park all of them
the main guy!
A milder Stephen King, it was a nice story made better by the narrator.
Compelling, entertaining, interesting
While not scary, or particularly mysterious, King creates strong characters and places, and I looked forward to seeing how it unfolded.
A wonderful reader. Great character voices and accents, and real personality to the narrator. I honestly think his performance increased my enjoyment of a serviceable King novel.
The carnys of the Joyland Park.
One of the better later King novels. In moving more away from straight horror, while keeping certain supernatural elements, he creates a novel not defined by its monster. Iit really succeeds with the characters and the setting of Joyland, all of which are nicely realized fun to spend time with. As with a lot of King books it can be a bit farfetched at points but it never crosses over into over-the-top absurd.
Perfect length, well written coming of age story, colorful characters, and a murder mystery all rolled into one. Plus the story is set in North Carolina and not Maine.. YEAH!!!
The main character Devin Jones is my favorite character although I like each character (even Lane) for their contribution to the story.
Michael Kelly did an awesome job as a narrator for this story. His voice appears to add the right dimension for the main character's age and adds individual characteristics to each individual's performance within the story. I will definitely search for more audio books from him.
I think it is the perfect name, I wouldn't change it.
If you are a fan of Stephen King's: "The Body," "The Shining," or "11/22/1963" I think you will really like this story. The first and last book for their coming of age story lines and romantic side stories. The Shining, because they both feature children with "The sight." Although he does pine away for his ex-girlfriend throughout the book (and it can get annoying to some degree), that's life..we do it, or at least did it when "coming of age." In my opinion one of Stephen King's best books in the last two decades!