This was a great summer read for my daily fitness walks.... the 70's setting, the traditional amusement park, the North Carolina shore and the detailed descriptions of character and setting really makes you feel like you are there while everything is happening. I could almost smell the fried dough and hear the carnival music coming from the merry-go-round. During my walks I felt like I was making that daily hike along the beach to Joyland.
I too am a long-time fan of Stephen King, but have read enough of his books to know he occasionally departs from his usual thriller style.... he can do that because he is a talented writer. The stories that wander off the beaten path are just as enjoyable if you look at them for what they are, and not what they are not. If constant-suspense-thriller type novels are the only kind of reading you enjoy, you might be disappointed... but if your taste varies a bit from only one kind of genre I think you will find this an entertaining and enjoyable read.
I do think there could have been more at the end describing what happened over the years between 1973 and the present to all of the characters... or maybe I was just disappointed when it was over. I know the first couple of times that I looked forward to listening and remembered that I finished the story, I felt a little bummed.
I typically do not read books in the horror genre or SK for that matter, but after reading great reviews, I took a chance on Joyland. I absolutely loved it! It is not a gory horror book, rather a suspenseful well told tale. So glad I listened and I will probably revisit this book in the future.
A wonderful story! A perfect combination of suspence, romance, horror and mystery. This is one of those books that I wish I could listen to for the first time a second time. Stephen King has not disappointed with this ghost story (and the world needs more ghost stories). The narration was spot-on and really added to the overall experience.
I liked this book but it was NOT what I was expecting. It's a "coming of age" story that's more mystery than horror. With Stephen King, I like more horror than mystery. I'm not saying it was a bad book... more like "The Body". Not scary, just thrilling. If you're looking for a good "scary" summer ready, this isn't the book for you. Like I said, I really liked it.. but I like a little horror with my mystery!
Absolutely!!!! I am trying to get all my friends to read it I loved it so much!
I reminds me of the movie I just saw, "The Way, Way Back" in that it is a coming of age story about a boy's summer and how that changed his life.
I thought Michael Kelly was amazing. His voices were perfect! His voices made the story so much richer and fun to hear!
Joyland is perfect! Can't think of a better name.
I absolutely loved this book! It was so much fun to listen to. The characters were great, if was fun to hear about the carnie world, and I enjoyed the development of the friendships he made over the summer. I would read it again!
The story wasn't good enough for a four or five, but the reader's performance made the book worse.
The reader seemed unable to make each word clear and distinct. At least he should have slowed down.
Say something about yourself!
Stephen is the King, no matter what, but this book is among his least convincing: too many characters and half-plots pivot around the main story, that is unfortunately a very weak one.
Let's put it this way: if "Stand by me" scores 100 on your list, "Joyland" will hardly hit the 30 mark.
Yes, it did.
Indeed it inspired me to pre-order "Doctor Sleep": can SK miss two shots in a row?
I love you, Stephen King! Thank you for all the company, the shivers, the laughs...
Á good story but different from the some older once from King.
The live in Joyland is interesting and exiting. Nothing was not interesting, just a little bit less. Young people finding place in on this earth and exploring murder and afterlife.
No, I had not so I cannot compare him but he is good and pleasant to listen to.
I dont know, never thought of that.
The quality of a narrator will make or break an audio book for me.
This is a great book.
And Michael Kelly is a great narrator.
I felt like I Devin was really talking to me - it was a riveting book and I heard it all in only a few listens.
Very enjoyable story. It wasn't scary, as Stephen King typically writes, with the exception of 11/22/63. But still a great story. Great characters.
Wearing the fur;)
I would say,he did a wonderful job, I believed it was his story.
When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.