Story was fine but ended too soon. Main character was appealing but all characters could have been sketched out much more to make the reader really-love or really-hate them. Story felt like it ended all too soon. Then again, it IS a "summer job/summer romance/summer friends" story, so perhaps the almost-in-depth-but-not-quite feeling is fitting, as summer relationships often end before we're ready to see them go.
Once again S.K. gives the reader an entertaining read and a life lesson to be remembered. No doubt that the lesson is one we all need to revisit from time to time.
Nice story. Quick but felt immersed and entertained. I could have listened way longer. if you got some time to spare and just need something not too involvef but will hold your attention. give it a listen you wont be disappointed.
One of the greatest storytellers of our time delivers some of his finest work. I've always prefered his horror stories to his more dramatic tales, although both are superb. I'm also facinated by his interlocking worlds and lexicon of characters that cross paths often. Having said that, this story was light in tone for the majority of its run, but it was beautifully paced. King has always been extremely long winded, but more often than not, the pay off he delivers after going on a tanget, surprises you or knocks you on your ass. This story is no different. From a technical standpoint, having observed his style for decades, this really shows his evolution, and he once again proves to his naysayers of the 80s, just how much they utterly failed in their initial assessment of his range and versitility. The writing is fluid and tight, and there is very little "King Rambler" momments tucked into this wonderful story. Sure, I was hoping for more ghosts and goblins, but it delivers some haunts... and more importantly, its a beautifully story. The setting is spooky in a soft way, but in usual King fashion, he brings you there. A carnival at twighlight.
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and he can make any story fascinating, however, this is nothing compared to his Bill Hodges trilogy. For me, the biggest disappointment was Mike's continuous warning, "It's not white". It never was clear what wasn't white, and I had to go online to research what exactly wasn't white, and in reality, I was very disappointed in that very vague warning. Still, a great read though for Stephen King fans.
Yes, it was an enjoyable "listen", fun with the old fashioned carny atmosphere.
Not as involved, not terrifying, well written as always.
I liked the story and the setting. It was a nice, relatively short listen in a break between mega-books by other authors. The Stand remains my favorite in terms of complexity. This was much simpler, but it had good characters. The ending was a surprise, but I wasn't working as hard to "figure it out" as I have in some of his other books. I was happy no killer clowns showed up, a la many of his other books. . .
And I am never disappointed...I loved the story...I loved the characters and how they developed...none of them seemed to significantly have anything to do with one another initially...but the story and its many layers brought it all together....
The story of "Joyland" conjures up images of a time long past. More innocent and yet more sinister.
The reading was great and I thoroughly enjoyed every second.