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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.
the narrator was good
the male perseption of being a virgin
actual voice and the feeling of the lost love portray from a male perspective
need it more, from the dead girl in the joyland carnaval......
A good book allows the imagination to create wondrous images that no special effect ever could. Characters become like treasured friends.
Yes - It brings to mind the thrill I felt when I first discovered him back in the beginning before anyone had heard of him. Classic King style. This story has a strong beginning a middle and an end. It kept me wanting more of the story and when not able to listen I was thinking how, when, where, who done it.
Devin (Jonesy) Jones our lead is a full bodied character. We can relate to him from childhood to the passage that leads him to becoming a man. He has a goodness and pure heart we want to love. Then there is Mike who we come to care for greatly a very young, yet very old wise boy who along with Devin become our dynamic duo.
A voice bringing the story to life. Leading my imagination to dream up clear sharp images of the park and people in 3d vivid colors, smells and sounds. I can see our cast playing scrabble in the parlor or riding thru the haunted house. I was with Devin as he walked thru hoping to see the ghost of the murdered girl.
Jonesy our main man. He could be someone I know or hang out with. He is a real person with all the faults we have and compassionate and understanding of those around him.
I would not rename it
Sometimes King books drag with too much detail, but this was a fast paced who done it that was completely enjoyable.
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.