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I haven't read much Stephen King considering how much he's written and how popular he is and how much I read. I've read the The Shining, Carrie, and I tried and failed with making it through Lisey's Story. None of those books were that memorable for me. So, I have to say that I haven't really been too impressed with King… until now. Joyland was a little gem of a listen. It is a mystery, sure, but it also much more than that. It is a unique coming of age story. Devin Jones, the main protagonist, is a likable enough character and the narrator, Michael Kelly, enhances this. The story is told through the old eyes of Devin Jones as he reminisces back to the 1970's when he was a heartbroken college kid that decided to work at Joyland, an amusement park, for the summer. That summer changes his life forever. I felt that for a short-ish book, it had a lot of depth, meaning that I felt like the characters were well developed. I did plenty of giggling, gasping and a few tears fell as I listened to the story unfold. The cursing and the sex scene gave the book a bit of an edge that was appreciated. Also, there were twists and turns to the story that I didn't see coming and that always makes things a bit more interesting. This was a great summertime read/listen.
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This is not your classic Stephen King novel. The supernatural part is rather muted, but the story is great. You will especially like it if your are in your 50s or 60s since it will bring back the days when you were in college and summers were a time to explore. Like the main character, I worked in a resort ( not amusement park) and the friends I met that summer are still my friends today. The characters are all great and the "mystery" part keeps you guessing to the end. It switched from present to past which adds a good amount of perpective to the story from the narrators point of view.
You can't go wrong with this one.
King Short Story
Yes. Most Stephen King novels are sprawling works that span over a dozen hours or more. At 7 1/2 hours, this is a very concise effort and I didn't find that it ever languished; it just keeps moving you forward to its conclusion.
He manages, while narrating as an older verison of the main character, to convey the voice of the youthful Devin Jones.
It made me laugh several times but anyone who reads Stephen King knows that laughs are part of the deal. Put that on a sampler and hang it in your kitchen. :)
I really missed the lack of a forward or afterward from the author with this one.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Yes I am a die hard SK fan. This story set in a small town Carney is told from the point of view of a sweet nineteen year old boy. His first love has broken his heart and he is ready for new adventures. I expected the typical scary SK horror tale and yet there was no horror nor really not much of a mystery but nonetheless the book held my interest. I cared about the characters and wanted the best for them. So for me it was a good book, certainly not one of my favorites. I'm glad I had a listen, the narrator was good, he fit the bill.
Mr.King please give us another real good one, we're ready!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Not all authors can do what Stephen King can do. First of all what made me buy this book before i even read the summary is that its a horror book by Stephen King called "Joyland" that was a reason enough for me. if you liked King's other horror book you will love this one. Remember how his book Duma key was? If you do then just add this and read it, and if you don't go buy Duma Key too then.
I was waiting for this book for a while and i decided listening to a horror book at night would be the greatest thing, so took the day off from work and had a good scary listen to this book
I don't want to say whats going on in the book exactly and i advice you not to check because getting surprised is way much better.
The narrator did a great job, plenty of differente voices, and he gave life to these characters.
highly recommended and you will love it.
I don't know, I've listened to a lot of books. But I thought this was one of the best narrator performances. Michael Kelly was great.
Its kind of short for that. I wouldn't describe the book that way. I would compare this book more to the "Stand By Me"/"The Body" novella.
Honestly, I loved them all. His southern voices were incredible, and I loved his dialogue between characters. I hope he'll consider doing some more narration in the future.
King's storytelling is so approachable and infectious that one easily can overlook the minor play kinks. I wish there had a little more spine chilling ghost action, but overall, I really enjoyed this piece.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Joyland was really a sweet coming of age & mystery story with a slight supernatural twist - short and enjoyable. It wasn’t my favorite Stephen King book. What was lacking was a build up of tension or suspense. It didn’t really get exciting until the last ¼ or so of the book. That would be ok if there were some other element of the novel to make up for it. Although it’s well crafted, I would say that the language is not spectacular enough to make up for this lack of excitement in the plot.
I'm not sure why everyone wants every book to be an author's BEST. This is just straight up, good Stephen King. Spooky story, great characters, excellent narration and a story you get lost in. A perfect quick read (listen), didn't want to stop. Doesn't have to be his best book to be a really enjoyable read.
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This is more of a coming of age for a collage kid. How he handles life and his first brake up. There is a mystery which I was unable to figure out.
I would have to say not one of King's that I would tell a girlfriend about but it entertained me long enough to finish it. That was prob because of Michael Kelly. He did a great job with voices and his voice is calming.