This was an easy read. It kept my interest, though the end was a little predictable. I loved the narration, which in my opinion, can make or break a book.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I know had I sat down and listened to this book that I could have finished it in a day or 2, but it is a really great book! I've read parts of other Stephen King books and this one was somewhat different. I had to wonder if there was a little bit of Stephen King's youth wrapped up in the story.
Joyland takes place in 1971 when the world was a different place. The man writing the book, Devin, is writing about his life the year he was 21-years-old and he took time off from college to work Joyland in the summer. He experiences the loss of a first, big break-up and learns a secret language as well as a whole new world working for an amusement park. He gains lifetime friends and works to solve the mystery of who killed Linda Grey in the "haunted house?" Along the way, he saves some lives and learns some valuable lessons.
College student comes of age while working a summer job at a third-rate carnival. Told from the grown man's point of view looking back 40 years to that fateful summer, King's story masterfully blends youthful awkwardness and aspirations into 1970s carnival life. However, the murder of a young girl suddenly pops up well into the book. Solving the murder emerges as the apparent point of the book, but is in fact a distraction from the easygoing pace of the nostalgia-drenched coming-of-age story.
I honestly don't know how Mr King makes it seem so easy to make the characters so relatable in circumstances that are so bizarre. Michael Kelly's performance was excellent.
I've not looked at the print version, but I'm going to say absolutely. Michael Kelly conveyed the wonderment of working at an amusement park in the 70's and the mystery of what happened at Joyland perfectly. Not to mention the end of the book. It was so well executed I was fighting back tears.
When Jonsey met Annie and Michael and everything that happened from there.....the ending was absolutely a punch to the gut.
It's first person, so it better be the main character.
Easily one of the top 5 King books I've ever read, with an ending, that, maybe because I've got a special needs son I'm biased, I won't ever forget.