You know King can chill you to the bone, but who knew he could warm your heart? This novel does both. I almost didn't purchase this one. I am a big fan of King's horror novels and fantasy, and this one was a coming of age mystery. A friend said it was great, so I took a chance. So glad I did. You will love it. The narration is great as well. Enjoy!
I love Stephen King. This latest book was a little disappointing in that the narrator did not seem to get into "character" enough in some of the passages. The story line itself was intriguing but the plot seemed to move around too much and it was unclear where the author was going.
not really sure
Yes - I'm glad I finished it.
Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)
Joyland is a good, fun story. King avoids his typical pitfall of over writing. The story advances at a good pace, and is over almost too soon. Ironically, I thought it lacked depth, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The ghost-y elements are good and creepy, but never exploitative. Kelly's performance matches the characters and the tone of the story well. He crafted unique voices for each character and plays them so well that you never lose track of who is talking.
Audio book addict
I loved all the characters they seemed so friendly and warm except for Ed but in the end even him.
I loved Mrs. Shoplaw. She was so endearing to me I just fell in love with her.
He gave great voices to all the characters I really felt like I was experiencing the characters as individuals not just some guy reading a book and constantly changing his voice.
Mike of course! He was such a wonderful kid from beginning to end.
A bit slow for my taste wish it had more ghost interaction with Lisa Gray but in the end it was a good book for me.
safe in FL
I loved the setting in carny land. Several of his books are set in a similar place. King and I are the same age, and when I read his books they vividly take me back.
He was great! He sounds somewhat like King himself.
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.