Joyland was my first Stephen King novel, and I was not disappointed. I have heard his other novels are very scary, so I wasn't sure about this one, but it really wasn't scary at all. I personally fell in love with the protagonist, his character is what makes the story.
I am honestly not even sure exactly what quality this book had that made it come together so well, but I loved it and recommend it!
I bought this book months ago and procrastinated listening to it, primarily because it was billed as a "mystery" and the "cover" seemed to portray a crime noir type novel, and I wasn't sure that was what I was looking for. I was so wrong.
This is an honest and heartfelt coming of age story, with a mystery as a story device to move things along. I heartily concur with other reviewers who insist that Stephen King has gotten an unfair reputation - usually by people who have never read one of his books.
I love Stephen King. I love the way he puts so much of himself so generously in each book that he writes. I love the way he writes dialogue and never assumes an omniscient point of view over all characters - the sign of a lazy writer. Writing in the first person is the most challenging task a writer can take on, and he does it to perfection. We learn about the other characters through the eyes of the narrator, not through broad statements like "she was scared," or "he was disappointed." Instead, we learn about his characters through their actions and their dialogue, just like in real life. Tricky business for a writer, and he does it so skillfully that we don't even realize he is doing it.
Books seldom bring me to tears. This one did. Just listen to it. You'll be so glad you did.
Introspective supernatural thriller
Bradley Easterbrook for his perfectly drawn appearance and Carney From Carney linneage
All the Carney scenes
The beauty of this book is its simplicity. King lets his characters tell the story as opposed to his epic style of man vs evil. The supernatural is deft and subtle.
Having just finished Dr Sleep, I'm wondering if this book was an exercise for that larger novel
The story was good and the narrator was equally as good. Joyland came to life for me.
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
Nothing happened in terms of the plot until 3/4 of the way into the novel.
Yes. I still have hope.
No. He was good.... Just not age appropriate for the older voice.
Good setting descriptions.
If I can predict the plot, anyone can. I really wanted to like this book.
not really, Not even near Stephen King. Story itself was ok. Simple, but not very exciting. Loved Mike.
His performance was very good. Characters stood out as individuals and the story was easy to follow.
You know King can chill you to the bone, but who knew he could warm your heart? This novel does both. I almost didn't purchase this one. I am a big fan of King's horror novels and fantasy, and this one was a coming of age mystery. A friend said it was great, so I took a chance. So glad I did. You will love it. The narration is great as well. Enjoy!
I love Stephen King. This latest book was a little disappointing in that the narrator did not seem to get into "character" enough in some of the passages. The story line itself was intriguing but the plot seemed to move around too much and it was unclear where the author was going.
not really sure
Yes - I'm glad I finished it.
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.