There's a lot of back and forth in the timeline. It's really enjoyable to me. I love the differentiation in voices of characters. As always with King it's nice and spooky, but just not the level of fiction I was looking for. Still am A+ plus. Will tug at your heart strings.
I can't say what it is about this book, but there is something that makes it painful to stop listening. I never wanted to stop.
If you take a step back and think about the plot it really isn't very interesting and yet I could not get enough.
Not sure if it's the characters or the writing, but King really draws in readers (or listeners).
I'm not sure how to rank Joyland among The audio books to which I've listened. It starts out slowly and without much fanfare. But when Devon and Annie and Mike (and Mike's dog) visit Joyland, it's obvious why King has the following that he does. "Unbridled joy" would be an understatement. So beautiful… So wonderful… For those scant few pages I became lost in the joy of it all. Such a nice story. Right up to the point where King inexplicably felt the need to insert his politics where they most certainly did not belong (certainly over the objections of his editors, I'm sure). So how do you rank a book which starts out slowly, blossoms into brilliance, and then finds itself featuring a political screed? Three star, then five star, then one star. Just how do you rate that?
The segment in which Devon and Annie and Mike (and Mike's dog) visit Joyland is the absolute best. I can't remember the last time I read something that made me feel so good.
Michael Kelly's narration was only marginally acceptable. The problem is that he tends to read in a monotone. Perhaps with coaching and practice he could overcome this, but don't expect the normal variation in pitch and speed you would expect from someone talking, as opposed to reading.
I typically want to read every King book in one sitting, though it's usually not possible to do so. In The case of Joyland however, it would be very possible, as joyland is a few minutes less than eight hours in length.
King really needs to learn to avoid inserting his personal political views into the mouths of his characters. In this case, it ruined what would otherwise have been a nearly flawless story.
I loved this book, toward the end I found myself tearing up... sometimes terrifying and most times heartbreaking... Yet again the master does not disappoint.
man i loved it, from start to finish.Nice mysterious, horror type.the main character Dev, how could you not like him, a very smooth transition through the book, no spoilers.but a must have.
Small town kid's rights of passage in his 21st year...friendship and family, heartbreak and heroism, a bit of magic and mystery...read, not like it's being acted, but like the main character is sitting with you, sharing his story.
I loved this book! Not typical Steven King, but a feel good coming of age tale with a GREAT backdrop of a small town carnival. Supernatural twist that was a really great ride!