This was a great book but I think the reader is really what took this over the top.
Enjoyed all the early 70s memory joggers
Michael Kelly did a fabulous job with this book!
I will listen to this again in a few years.
Good plot not scary like most King books but I really enjoyed it.
Was an interesting book about carni life and mystery who done it serial killer along with the gentle story of a mother and dying young boy who is clairvoyant. Enjoyable but not a page turner
I loved listening and learning the carnival/amusement vernacular. That made the story especially interesting to me. This coming of age story of a college man was tender and funny. The story wasn't particularly scary as a standard Steve King story can be, but was enjoyable in the same way that "Stand By Me" wasn't scary, but had some dark human moments, but not too harsh.
The plot kept me on my seat because I was not sure whether the story was going to get really scary. The ending was good and satisfied the suspense.
Michael Kelly's voice was great. He had voice of a youthful college student. It seemed perfect.
Michael and Devon seemed the most memorable to me for the long run, but the carnival owner and Madam Fortuna stick in my mind.
A story that can be read by all.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
when i get a King novel i expect horror. i want supernatural. i want creepy. i want escape from the normal.
this is NOT his horror e'specialty.
this IS a wonderful, powerful, engrossing novel. i loved it. there was no horror, bit it didn't need it. this one got to me somewhere else; somewhere that is not horrible...
i have read more than half of King's canon. Joyland proves that King is not just the master of horror, he's a master of writing.
First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day
This isn't your typical suspense driven horror story - it's more of a character piece about a somewhat confused college student who manages to find direction from a job at a Carolina-Coast amusement park. Of course, it wouldn't be a King novel without a murder mystery to tie it all together. Perfect narration, with a story that never looses its steam.
I am biased, I think Stephen King is a Master of his craft...so I expected to love this story and I certainly did. I have read everything Mr. King has written and admit my pleasure of being scared out of my wits has diminished with age, so this was even more enjoyable to listen to. There is no graphic violence, good mystery/ghost story, a love story and interesting characters. I didn't want the story to end. I think the only reason I didn't give it five stars across the board is that the ending was a bit predictable. But again, I admit, I liked the ending just fine. Narrators can really make or break it, so I was very pleased with Michael Kelly.
the details, the narration. King's use of dialog has reached Elmore Leonard skill level.
The story itself was very entertaining, but i would say that it does not pace itself very well. I found that i enjoyed listening to it, but it really isn't until the last third of the book that it gets really, really interesting.
I've been hoping to find another Stephen King novel that is as amazing as 11-22-63. Unfortunately, Joyland is not it. Joyland is about a college student, Devin, who spends his summer working at a seaside amusement park. A murder took place in the park many years earlier and the park is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of the murdered girl.
The story had good bones with characters that started to get interesting and a mystery that started to get intriguing. However, there just wasn't enough meat on the bones of the plotline. The relationships between the characters did not evolve and the mystery was solved too quickly. I was left wondering and wanting.