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.
Introspective supernatural thriller
Bradley Easterbrook for his perfectly drawn appearance and Carney From Carney linneage
All the Carney scenes
The beauty of this book is its simplicity. King lets his characters tell the story as opposed to his epic style of man vs evil. The supernatural is deft and subtle.
Having just finished Dr Sleep, I'm wondering if this book was an exercise for that larger novel
The story was good and the narrator was equally as good. Joyland came to life for me.
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
Nothing happened in terms of the plot until 3/4 of the way into the novel.
Yes. I still have hope.
No. He was good.... Just not age appropriate for the older voice.
Good setting descriptions.
If I can predict the plot, anyone can. I really wanted to like this book.
not really, Not even near Stephen King. Story itself was ok. Simple, but not very exciting. Loved Mike.
His performance was very good. Characters stood out as individuals and the story was easy to follow.
You know King can chill you to the bone, but who knew he could warm your heart? This novel does both. I almost didn't purchase this one. I am a big fan of King's horror novels and fantasy, and this one was a coming of age mystery. A friend said it was great, so I took a chance. So glad I did. You will love it. The narration is great as well. Enjoy!