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.
Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!
Loved this book although I hesitated before buying it. I wasn't sure if I would like it, didn't think it was truly in the SK genre...boy was I ever wrong!! This book has it all...murder, love, suspense, and I even picked up some "carny" language along the way, which might come in handy some day. (you never know). The only small disappointment for me was the narrator. Michael Kelly certainly did tell the story well although I thought he was not emotional enough so I had to drop to four stars.
I have enjoyed all of the Hard Case books by Stephen King, but this is the only one that I have gotten as an audio book. In addition to the compelling nature of the story itself, Michael Kelly's performance is simply one of the best I have heard. It sounds almost dry and matter of fact, yet contains a depth of emotion I have rarely heard from a narrator. A somewhat understated performance that really delivers. I highly recommend this book.
yes I would try another book from Stephan king
no I didn't. and he was ok
no it wasn't worth my time I feel like I should've read something else
I wouldn't waste my time on this book ever again
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So far, all of the Stephen King books rank in the top five. The narration is what makes these books come alive.
The plot moved right along. I would not call it an "edge of the seat" listen, but there were enough things going on to keep it interesting.
Well rounded book - it all worked for me
The story is about and amusement park - the name is as good as any.
I had this book on my wish list for a long time. I was worried by the description that this story would not be for me. I should have known that I have not listened to a bad King book yet. There are a couple of overlapping ideas from other books that pop up in this story, but it all works. 7hrs is not as long as most King books, but it was worth the listen.
Engaging, bittersweet, heartwarming
It wasn't the most intensely suspenseful story SK has written, but I was pulled in when the stuff went down. I actually was surprised when the secret was revealed and sad that it was learned so quickly. I'm not used to short Stephen King books and was so taken with Michael Kelly that I didn't want it to end so soon.
I enjoyed his portrayal of Devon. Kelly doesn't make the huge distinctions in the characters like a lot of narrators do, but he still makes the story come alive. Devon, being the main character, was the deepest.
There may have been a tear at the end. I won't say why
This is a pretty typical Stephen King short story. He has such a wonderful way of pulling you in so that you almost feel like you are there. You are sympathetic to the characters and get attached. This is a nice sweet story of a young man growing up read by a very good actor with a pleasant voice, who I originally thought might be David Spade. Then found out it's Doug Stamper from House of Cards.
the narrator was good
the male perseption of being a virgin
actual voice and the feeling of the lost love portray from a male perspective
need it more, from the dead girl in the joyland carnaval......
A good book allows the imagination to create wondrous images that no special effect ever could. Characters become like treasured friends.
Yes - It brings to mind the thrill I felt when I first discovered him back in the beginning before anyone had heard of him. Classic King style. This story has a strong beginning a middle and an end. It kept me wanting more of the story and when not able to listen I was thinking how, when, where, who done it.
Devin (Jonesy) Jones our lead is a full bodied character. We can relate to him from childhood to the passage that leads him to becoming a man. He has a goodness and pure heart we want to love. Then there is Mike who we come to care for greatly a very young, yet very old wise boy who along with Devin become our dynamic duo.
A voice bringing the story to life. Leading my imagination to dream up clear sharp images of the park and people in 3d vivid colors, smells and sounds. I can see our cast playing scrabble in the parlor or riding thru the haunted house. I was with Devin as he walked thru hoping to see the ghost of the murdered girl.
Jonesy our main man. He could be someone I know or hang out with. He is a real person with all the faults we have and compassionate and understanding of those around him.
I would not rename it
Sometimes King books drag with too much detail, but this was a fast paced who done it that was completely enjoyable.