Yes, Its so well written, a wonderful story with great characters. Stephen King always calls to my youth. His insight into this period has hooked me into his writing and continues to amaze me. This book is also a thriller.
Hearts in Atlantis; Stand by me
The story is seen from the perspective of a teenage boy's first freedom and adult friendships. I can never say enough about Stephen King's insights into his characters.They are magnificent.
Nothing. He had the perfect voice for the main character and did a great job of reading the other characters voices.
It took me a chapter to really get into his voice narration but I got used to it and enjoyed it.
I listened to Mr Mercedes before this one - and I was struck at how many small references that you can find in the books when you listen or read them so close to one another. Names used (Rose, Brady, Midway, etc), places, and the like. It's nice because they tend to all kind of daisy chain each other together in small ways. This book felt in some ways like....the Hardy Boy's grew up a bit and wrote a book. Except it is just one of the Hardy's. I admit, the cover art for this one kept me away for a while- until after Mr Mercedes (and earlier in the year I'd listened to Doctor Sleep) when I wanted to dive into more of King again. He's a great writer, but some stories thrill me and some fall flat. This one is decent and interesting. Not as good as Doctor Sleep, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I love Stephen King...and I really did enjoy this book...but it didn't feel like a King novel to me. In retrospect, that is probably what he was going for. The first part of the book I was not really sure where the storyline was going. A little confusing, and not a familiar feel to this King fan. I felt like I was on a slow moving train, but then the destination started to clear up, and the book did get much better for me. By the end I was very much invested in the characters and the emotional play of the story. A great book, and I am actually looking forward to reading it again at a point in the future.
I was not a huge fan of the narrator. I understand why he was selected to narrate this book...he is about the same age as the main character ( I assume, anyway ), but I felt as if he missed some of the emotion. Also, his cadence in some places was, in my humble opinion, slightly different that what King had in mind.
I love literary fiction and some "guilty pleasures" such as the Louise Penny series. My hubby and I share his non-fiction titles.
Those who select light reads compared to literary fiction
Middlemarch by George Elliot
I can't remember
Not for me--thought I'd try a King after hearing him interviewed, but concluded that he is a waste of time for me. Others in my social circle have enjoyed him, however.
The only thing that I retained from this story was the general impression that it lacks the quality that keeps me engaged. I tried Nora Roberts one time too and had a worse reaction, This story was at least slightly credible and the writing was better than Robert's. I'm just not one who enjoys light reads.
I really enjoyed this one. I've listened to many Stephen King books, and have bought audio books of ones that I've already read because I enjoy listening to the stories when I'm driving, jogging, etc. This one I particularly liked because it's a simple, engaging ghost story and mystery rolled into one. It's not overly long, involves a relatively small number of characters, and has a nice tone throughout. It has a different feel than some of King's other novels; it's not a horror story at all but rather a nostalgia tale with a supernatural twist. It was nice for the characters of Joyland to have the center stage.
Joyland is a title that I will revisit many times throughout my life. The narration blends perfectly with the setting. The audiobook version is one of the rare instances where I feel like this is about my life or that I am literally living what is being read. The story of Joyland is amazing and I never once felt bored.
The moment I realized that this was not like The Dark Tower series. Although I do love those books, it was really refreshing to have a change of pace. As my title suggests, there is no genre where Stephen King can not write a masterpiece.
That of the main character Devan Jones. It was fun hearing about his first heartbreak from a woman that did not reciprocate the feelings. Just like High School.
The Ending. Read the book and you will know why.
Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!
Loved this book although I hesitated before buying it. I wasn't sure if I would like it, didn't think it was truly in the SK genre...boy was I ever wrong!! This book has it all...murder, love, suspense, and I even picked up some "carny" language along the way, which might come in handy some day. (you never know). The only small disappointment for me was the narrator. Michael Kelly certainly did tell the story well although I thought he was not emotional enough so I had to drop to four stars.
yes I would try another book from Stephan king
no I didn't. and he was ok
no it wasn't worth my time I feel like I should've read something else
I wouldn't waste my time on this book ever again
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So far, all of the Stephen King books rank in the top five. The narration is what makes these books come alive.
The plot moved right along. I would not call it an "edge of the seat" listen, but there were enough things going on to keep it interesting.
Well rounded book - it all worked for me
The story is about and amusement park - the name is as good as any.
I had this book on my wish list for a long time. I was worried by the description that this story would not be for me. I should have known that I have not listened to a bad King book yet. There are a couple of overlapping ideas from other books that pop up in this story, but it all works. 7hrs is not as long as most King books, but it was worth the listen.
Engaging, bittersweet, heartwarming
It wasn't the most intensely suspenseful story SK has written, but I was pulled in when the stuff went down. I actually was surprised when the secret was revealed and sad that it was learned so quickly. I'm not used to short Stephen King books and was so taken with Michael Kelly that I didn't want it to end so soon.
I enjoyed his portrayal of Devon. Kelly doesn't make the huge distinctions in the characters like a lot of narrators do, but he still makes the story come alive. Devon, being the main character, was the deepest.
There may have been a tear at the end. I won't say why
This is a pretty typical Stephen King short story. He has such a wonderful way of pulling you in so that you almost feel like you are there. You are sympathetic to the characters and get attached. This is a nice sweet story of a young man growing up read by a very good actor with a pleasant voice, who I originally thought might be David Spade. Then found out it's Doug Stamper from House of Cards.