Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)
Joyland is a good, fun story. King avoids his typical pitfall of over writing. The story advances at a good pace, and is over almost too soon. Ironically, I thought it lacked depth, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The ghost-y elements are good and creepy, but never exploitative. Kelly's performance matches the characters and the tone of the story well. He crafted unique voices for each character and plays them so well that you never lose track of who is talking.
Audio book addict
I loved all the characters they seemed so friendly and warm except for Ed but in the end even him.
I loved Mrs. Shoplaw. She was so endearing to me I just fell in love with her.
He gave great voices to all the characters I really felt like I was experiencing the characters as individuals not just some guy reading a book and constantly changing his voice.
Mike of course! He was such a wonderful kid from beginning to end.
A bit slow for my taste wish it had more ghost interaction with Lisa Gray but in the end it was a good book for me.
I loved the setting in carny land. Several of his books are set in a similar place. King and I are the same age, and when I read his books they vividly take me back.
He was great! He sounds somewhat like King himself.
This was a great book but I think the reader is really what took this over the top.
Enjoyed all the early 70s memory joggers
Michael Kelly did a fabulous job with this book!
I will listen to this again in a few years.
Good plot not scary like most King books but I really enjoyed it.
Was an interesting book about carni life and mystery who done it serial killer along with the gentle story of a mother and dying young boy who is clairvoyant. Enjoyable but not a page turner
I loved listening and learning the carnival/amusement vernacular. That made the story especially interesting to me. This coming of age story of a college man was tender and funny. The story wasn't particularly scary as a standard Steve King story can be, but was enjoyable in the same way that "Stand By Me" wasn't scary, but had some dark human moments, but not too harsh.
The plot kept me on my seat because I was not sure whether the story was going to get really scary. The ending was good and satisfied the suspense.
Michael Kelly's voice was great. He had voice of a youthful college student. It seemed perfect.
Michael and Devon seemed the most memorable to me for the long run, but the carnival owner and Madam Fortuna stick in my mind.
A story that can be read by all.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
when i get a King novel i expect horror. i want supernatural. i want creepy. i want escape from the normal.
this is NOT his horror e'specialty.
this IS a wonderful, powerful, engrossing novel. i loved it. there was no horror, bit it didn't need it. this one got to me somewhere else; somewhere that is not horrible...
i have read more than half of King's canon. Joyland proves that King is not just the master of horror, he's a master of writing.
First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day
This isn't your typical suspense driven horror story - it's more of a character piece about a somewhat confused college student who manages to find direction from a job at a Carolina-Coast amusement park. Of course, it wouldn't be a King novel without a murder mystery to tie it all together. Perfect narration, with a story that never looses its steam.