This was a good story but not at all what I was expecting, based upon the storyline descriptions I had read. Don't expect a gruesome, horrible tale of horror. Expect a sweet, coming of age tale with a murder mystery mixed in.
I found that the narrator, Michale Kelly, did a phenomenal job of making Stephen King's characters come alive. While I often listen to audible books while sitting in my car, I found it hard to stop listening when I either arrived at work or at home from my commute. I am becoming a huge Stephen King fan, I loved 11-22-63 and think that many "baby boomers" will relate to Joyland and feel that the author is sharing his own autobiographical story.
Devin Jones, who is the narrator of this murder mystery novel, and is now an older man, is sharing his "story" of when he was a student in college and takes a summer job in an amusement park. Devin describes how he helps Mike, a handicapped boy fly a kite on the beach. Devin, who had recently broke up with his college girlfriend, is 21 and we are rooting for Devin to develop a relationship with Annie, who is Mike's mother.
Michael Kelly is a gifted actor who does such a great job giving each of the characters in the book, their own unique personalities that you begin to forget that their is only one voice narrating Joyland.
I'd love to sit down with Devin Jones and hear more of how his life evolved after his unique experiences working at Joyland! I think we'd have some experiences that seem to have overlapped and it would be entertaining to swap stories, even if I wasn't involved with a murder mystery!
The key to a great audio book, is having not only a great story but a narrator who can capture the voice of the author and bring all of his characters to life. Joyland is one of those very special books. And I'd recommend Joyland to anyone who loves a great coming of age novel that is also a fascinating murder mystery tale.
I would. I love the story - and equally important - the narration. Michael Kelly's reading feels like the book was written to tell *his* story. I thought he was able to emulate King's written narrative spot on. I felt I was listening to Devin Jones tell it like it was back then. Depth to character without sounding trite and forcefully deep. Sadly I didn't see other books in Audible read by Michael Kelly. Checked IMDB and couldn't confirm other works there, either. As mysterious as the killer he is...
See first paragraph. He brought the narrative to life like nobody's business. I would be certain to listen to any other works read by Michael Kelly - but apparently there are none.
Yep, but too much of a spoiler alert to even hint. You gotta hear the carny tell it - hear Michael Kelly the carny tell it.
Coming of age
Why Devin Jones of course!
Yes! He did a GREAT job narrating this book. I felt like I was sitting at his kitchen table or on a front porch with him while he told me the most amazing story I had ever heard.
The very ending, I'm getting all teary eyed just thinking about it.
This was a wonderful story, not your typical creepy, how long have i been holding my breath type of suspense that King normally dishes out. YES, there is murder and suspense, oh my! But this story is so much more than that. Devin Jones is telling you a story about the most amazing summer of his life, the events that lead up to it and the life changing things that happened to him all the way up to that coming fall.
This is another great King book and I highly recommend it!
I love Stephen King. Years ago, I would never have guessed that I would have become a fan, but he is an amazing story teller.
Some books you just don't want to leave and this is one of them. The characters and their stories become so real to you that you are right there. Stephen King is very good at this and several of his stories hit me that way: "The Long Walk", "It", and "Doctor Sleep" to name a few.
I've heard this book a couple of times now, (yesterday being the most recent) and I miss it. I'm actually considering listening to it again, in the background while I work today, because Michael Kelly's voice is so warm and expressive and because Jonesy has a good way of looking at life, even if it isn't all cupcakes and rainbows.
Thank you, Stephen King, for continuing to do what you do. If you ever decide to retire, just know that we're going to miss you too.
I think this ranks among the small list that I'd actually listen to again. It was one of Stephen King's lighter stories. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. It's a place that I'd love to revisit again some day. You feel the sense of nostalgia, even if you weren't around or too young to remember during the time period it's set in.
The murder mystery towards the end provided a little suspense. But since you know the narrator of the story survived (otherwise, how is he telling this in first person?), its not too suspenseful. It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller.
The main character, Devin. He did a great job with the others, but Devin was the heart of the story and he did his voice in a very laid-back "let me tell you a tale" sort of way.
The Body 1973 at an amusement park.
I recommend this book when you want a pleasant story without a lot of violence or macabre. I'd put this up among his novels such as Duma Key. It's really about the relationships and friendships. You'll smile as you listen to it and might even cry at the end when it's over with.
Easy listening. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The author made the sounds and smells very real, so it was quite easy to visualize being there with the characters.
He's a favorite author and as long as he does NOT narrate his own books, I love them all. To hear him narrate actually makes it difficult for me to finish. Hopefully his agent has convinced him of that.
I hope this doesn't sound bad, but I loved his drone. It fit so well with the lead character's (perceived) general state of mind. I think he did a fabulous job.
Probably the kid in the wheelchair (sorry, it's been a few books back so I don't remember the characters names). I loved his sense of humor and kindness of spirit to his Mom.
Stand by Me was still my favorite Stephen King novel. This reminded me a little of that. But I do love his scarry as hell ones, too.