"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
Joyland reminded me more of The Body (aka Stand By Me) than Salem Lot, It, or The Shinning. Most of Stephen Kings books left me still terrified 30 years later. I am still afraid to look directly into sewer drains just in case a creepy clown is staring back at me.
Joyland, like The Body, is just a good story about growing up, told like only a good story teller can, but with a dash of creepy. If you are expecting to be scared to death this is not the one for you, but if you like The Body, you will love this.
So lets talk about the narrator...
Dear Michael Kelly
Can you read to me every night? Seriously, I like House of Cards, but if Doug is actually dead, audio books narration is your new career.
I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!
Amusement Park mystery
Devon. A young man's journey growing up while trying to solve a mystery in an amusement park he works at for a season
He developed very good character definition with his voice. I had no trouble telling one character from another
Devon's journey into the past and his future
Very well defined characters. As usual, Stephen King is a master and luring the listening in and keeping him/her engaged to the very end. Well worth the listen!
The characters are all so real. I swear that I know almost every one of them under other names. No one develops characters like Stephen King.
Absolutely! I love the way Mr. King writes. Until the end. His stories just seem to fizzle out.
Every one is authentic and believable.
Yes, Its so well written, a wonderful story with great characters. Stephen King always calls to my youth. His insight into this period has hooked me into his writing and continues to amaze me. This book is also a thriller.
Hearts in Atlantis; Stand by me
The story is seen from the perspective of a teenage boy's first freedom and adult friendships. I can never say enough about Stephen King's insights into his characters.They are magnificent.
Nothing. He had the perfect voice for the main character and did a great job of reading the other characters voices.
It took me a chapter to really get into his voice narration but I got used to it and enjoyed it.
I listened to Mr Mercedes before this one - and I was struck at how many small references that you can find in the books when you listen or read them so close to one another. Names used (Rose, Brady, Midway, etc), places, and the like. It's nice because they tend to all kind of daisy chain each other together in small ways. This book felt in some ways like....the Hardy Boy's grew up a bit and wrote a book. Except it is just one of the Hardy's. I admit, the cover art for this one kept me away for a while- until after Mr Mercedes (and earlier in the year I'd listened to Doctor Sleep) when I wanted to dive into more of King again. He's a great writer, but some stories thrill me and some fall flat. This one is decent and interesting. Not as good as Doctor Sleep, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I love Stephen King...and I really did enjoy this book...but it didn't feel like a King novel to me. In retrospect, that is probably what he was going for. The first part of the book I was not really sure where the storyline was going. A little confusing, and not a familiar feel to this King fan. I felt like I was on a slow moving train, but then the destination started to clear up, and the book did get much better for me. By the end I was very much invested in the characters and the emotional play of the story. A great book, and I am actually looking forward to reading it again at a point in the future.
I was not a huge fan of the narrator. I understand why he was selected to narrate this book...he is about the same age as the main character ( I assume, anyway ), but I felt as if he missed some of the emotion. Also, his cadence in some places was, in my humble opinion, slightly different that what King had in mind.
Those who select light reads compared to literary fiction
Middlemarch by George Elliot
I can't remember
Not for me--thought I'd try a King after hearing him interviewed, but concluded that he is a waste of time for me. Others in my social circle have enjoyed him, however.
The only thing that I retained from this story was the general impression that it lacks the quality that keeps me engaged. I tried Nora Roberts one time too and had a worse reaction, This story was at least slightly credible and the writing was better than Robert's. I'm just not one who enjoys light reads.
I really enjoyed this one. I've listened to many Stephen King books, and have bought audio books of ones that I've already read because I enjoy listening to the stories when I'm driving, jogging, etc. This one I particularly liked because it's a simple, engaging ghost story and mystery rolled into one. It's not overly long, involves a relatively small number of characters, and has a nice tone throughout. It has a different feel than some of King's other novels; it's not a horror story at all but rather a nostalgia tale with a supernatural twist. It was nice for the characters of Joyland to have the center stage.
Joyland is a title that I will revisit many times throughout my life. The narration blends perfectly with the setting. The audiobook version is one of the rare instances where I feel like this is about my life or that I am literally living what is being read. The story of Joyland is amazing and I never once felt bored.
The moment I realized that this was not like The Dark Tower series. Although I do love those books, it was really refreshing to have a change of pace. As my title suggests, there is no genre where Stephen King can not write a masterpiece.
That of the main character Devan Jones. It was fun hearing about his first heartbreak from a woman that did not reciprocate the feelings. Just like High School.
The Ending. Read the book and you will know why.