Yes, this is sweet and a bit sentimental in parts, but it's also a really nice coming of age story. 21 is an emotional time in life and hindsight gives us the opportunity to cringe at what seemed important at the time. I think King did a great job of showing Devin as a real guy dealing with the ups and downs of becoming an adult while tossing a decent mystery into the mix.
Having spent a summer of my own at a local amusement part (including "wearing the fur,") I appreciated the details of being young among the carnies. It's a magical world you know you'll leave at summer's end, but some part of it will never leave you, as it never did Devin.
If you're looking for old school King horror, this probably won't be your cup of tea, but if you're looking for a really good listen with a few tears and laughs along the way, then by all means download this book.
Joyland by Stephen King is the story of 21 year old virgin Devin Jones who spends the summer and fall of 1973 working at the North Carolina amusement park. Jump on board for Dev’s journey – it is a coming of age tale; of lost love and love found, of new friends, of ghost stories, of murder and of the fate of a dying child that will change his life forever.
The audio book was narrated by Michael Kelly. It took me some time to warm up to his style but by the end of the almost 8 hour narration I thought he did an excellent job.
Yes I would listen again. Believable story that leaves you wondering the outcome till the end.
Yes. Great book. Not predictable imo. I. Finished it in 2 days because I couldn't stop listening!
It is not a tense nail biter. It is just good. Stephen King crafts a world that you find yourself feeling a part of.only his books have created such a sense of feeling part of the story.
They are all good. But he does a great ny jewish mother.
Milo. But theres a catch.....the Jesus kite has to come too..
Awesome read for any time of the year. A lot of reviews say great summer read but I think its good for any season.
"Listening with my other ear"
towards the top.
I honestly loved the whole book. I hear a television movie coming, I hope.
He brings out the emotion and brings life to the characters.
Take a ride to Joyland just for the scare of it.
I really loved the characters, the colors, sounds, and the little twists. And I really have enjoyed the nice little departure Mr. King has taken in his last few books, but to tell you the truth, I can't wait for "Doctor Sleep" to come out later this month.
At first I wasn't sure about this one but I'm really glad I stuck it out. It was a good travel back in recent history. An interesting look behind the scenes of a carnival. An excellent woven tale, of coming of age.
Well, if he is, read this book. Certainly not one his best, but it was nice to hear his familiar voice and wry observations.
I enjoyed the narration.
Yes for a short trip by car it might be good. There are a few sexual parts that may make it difficult for young ones but it is not over the top.
I might listen to "Joyland" in a few years. Just like I plan to listen to "It" again. It is easy to place yourself inside both novels. King writes about a time that feels so familiar. I have read a number of his novels and some are the very definition of creepy. This one isn't creepy in the same way that "Salem's Lot" or "Dreamcatcher" were, but it does have an edge, plus I am always game for a ghost or two in any story.
He has a voice that is easy to listen to--there was nothing about it that distracted this listener.
This was a sweet story and kept me listening when I ought not to.
I loved the storyline and the characters. They were wonderfully colorful and likeable. It's a love story interwoven with a mystery wrapped in nostalgia.