Absolutely. I could listen to this story again and again.
Mike's trip to Joyland.
The whole cast of characters.
Mike. For a kid dealt such a terrible hand he had such an amazing outlook on life, and a great personality and sense of humor. He's such a good kid.
No - I would think they would be equal
Finding out about why the ghost was in the funhouse.
I think the title is perfect!
Good story of the "permanent" type of carnivals and fairs before the huge amusement parks came into existence. Good mix of noble and sinister characters.
contemplator of typography, mixology, and archivism
Shortly after listening to Joyland the week after its release in the summer of 2013, I gave Michael Kelly's performance three stars. It was professional, it was nicely paced, and it was pleasant, but it didn't blow me away the way that Craig Wasson did with Mr King's previous novel, 11/22/63. Listening to it again now, I can't find anything that directly contradicts that first impression, but in the intervening months, my thoughts have often drifted to Mr Kelly's reading. His quiet performance fits in so perfectly to the canon of Summers Past, where Scout Finch is drinking a Co-Cola, where Gordie and his friends walk the tracks in search of a body, where Radio Raheem blasts Public Enemy from dawn to dusk. Joyland is a nice piece of writing and well representative of Mr King's past decade of work, but it's Mr Kelly's performance that is sticking with me months later in the dead of winter.
This book really showcased king's talent for character development while still delivering a scary story. I cared about the characters and the story was sufficiently scary while not being so far-fetched that it was unbelievable.
A thoughtful voice to a male character. His voice was able to convey the evolving emotions of the character without being over-the-top in his delivery.
There were few, actually. The main character talks about his broken heart I. Some very really terms that everyone can relate to.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
I know this book got some mixed reviews from hardcore hard case crime fans, but I'm not a hard core hard case crime fan and I loved this book. This was like a graphic novel come to life or like Scooby Doo, but sexier. I loved the characters and the narrator was spot on. I also really enjoyed how King incorporated his clearly well researched carney lingo into the book making you feel like the protagonist had really been there.
I didn't want this book to end and I was sad when it was over. I wanted to stay along for the ride just a little bit longer.
I did question King's choice of making this book take place in an older man's past instead of as a first person present narration. I didn't think that the look back added any value, but I also didn't think that the choice took away from the fun or speed of the book, it was just something I wondered about.
My friend is a HUGE Stephen King fan. He recommended this book. Typical Stephen King is too long winded for me, but this book was GREAT. Great speed, great story, great characters. A little ghosts and a little magic, but mostly a murder mystery. A twist like Sixth Sense. Shorter than most Stephen King, but s very rich story.
Not a typical Stephen King book. It was predictable and more like a coming of age story. Where was the ghost so largely portrayed on the cover? Unfortunately, she was a very small part of the plot. How she left was never explained thoroughly. I waited all through the book for this climax. And it never came. A waste of money if you wanted the thrills normally found in King's books!
This book would probably be fine for someone in middle or high school...it as much too simple and tame for me, not what I expect from Stephen King. It was difficult to hear the narrator sometimes, as his voice stayed very low and almost sounded like he just woke up. Also, he kept saying "dident, shouldent, couldent" for didn't, shouldn't and couldn't which also made it sound sophomoric and was irritating. Obviously not one of my favorites.
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.