I've never enjoyed a King novel more, and Michael Kelly's wonderful narration contributed to that. Here, King's viewpoint character tells the story of his favorite year and the summer and fall he spent working at Joyland, an old-fashioned South Carolina amusement park. Kelly's narration has just a slight southern lilt, and he voices each of the characters distinctively but unobtrusively. He is one of the most charming narrators I've listened to with Audible.
Readers who expect something of the supernatural from King won't be disappointed, but this is a gentle story with the blemish of human wickedness saved for the very end. The plot is propelled by romance, nostalgia and a murder mystery. What shines through are the warmth and love the characters show one another. Once again, King is a Charles Dickens for our era and uses his characters primarily to illustrate the resilience and magnanimity of the human spirit.
I won't soon forget Devon and Erin and Mike and Annie and Tom nor Joyland, that beautiful remnant of America's amusement park carny past. The writing was beautiful, the story touching, and I confess I cried a little at the end.
King is really good when waxing nostalgic. In Joyland he simultaneously glorifies and condemns the past, much the way he does in 11/22/63.
Yes and no. It wasn't that kind of book (though I expected it would be). I found myself more concerned with the state of Dev's relationships than the crime he's [kinda] trying to solve.
I knew the voice immediately as Doug Stamper from House of Cards. I thought he did an excellent job!
Lack of motivation, goals, and action.
Clear your throat.
I tried to get through but it's just awful. Nothinggggg happens.
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.