Took a little while to get going but did it ever. Stephen King is a genius, a phenom. Great book and expertly done. I wish I had a slimmer of his talent.
Awesome story line
Glad I chose it. I found it to be more of a mystery than horror but still an excellent choice. I would highly recommend it. Narration was fantastic
Loved Joyland! Great summer fun read.
Plot was rivoting. Foreshadowing
The Summer of Growing Up
I can't believe a Stephen King book made me tear up.
I enjoy Stephen King. He is a different kind of writer. Some stories scare the crap out of me and others I just don't get. Some of them have a deeper meaning and some leave me just wondering. I will always true another book from Stephen King because I never know where I am going to end up emotionally at the end.
Has to be the kid. Love the kid.
For some reason...a lot of his books just don't adapt well to movies. The book is always better. So if the movie was good...you know that book will knock your socks off. I would play it by ear if I went and saw it.
King does a wonderful job of bringing each character to life. I felt like I was in the story. Michael Kelly does a great job of narration. The descriptions of the characters and their surroundings were so vivid. King proves again what an excellent writer he is.
If you like a lot of what Stephen King has written recently like Lisey's Story or Duma Key, you will love Joyland.
I am a D-Bag.
The bad news its official King has lost his edge. This about his fifth book in so many years that have been weak for him. The do gooder hero in this book kind of gets old. I miss Kings flawed characters.
The good news is an average Kings story is still better the most peoples best.
This is not your typical "Cujo" or "Carrie" King novel. If you are looking for that ultra scary "it was a dark and stormy night" story, keep looking. Rather, if you are a fan of King's other works, his short stories which spawned things like "The Shawshank Redemption", and "Stand By Me", this is for you. It is a sweet, coming of age story set over one summer in 1973 in a small North Carolina coastal town, and specifically around a young man's experience working at a barely-making-it third tier amusement park. The climax to the mystery may have been a tad weak, but the story itself and Stephen King's beautiful writing make that secondary and somewhat unimportant to the story.
A well read woman is a dangerous creature.
I didn't really know what to expect from the early press and descriptions of this book. I "rediscovered" Stephen King as a writer with Duma Key and Under the Dome. Then I went back and picked up some of his earlier work like Bag of Bones and Salem's Lot. These books made me look at King as much more than just a writer of the horror genre. Quite simply, King is a master storyteller of the very best kind. That talent is deliciously on display in Joyland, which makes it a perfect summer novel.
Joyland is a delightful combination of mystery, coming-of-age story, whodunit with a touch of the supernatural and a faint whiff of beach town romance, all with a retro feel. The story works on all levels with a great degree of fun and the clever characters King is known for. In a recent interview King stated that his major job is still to entertain people. He accomplishes that and more with Joyland. King stays true to the lesson the elderly man who owns the Joyland Amusement Park instills in all of his workers.... “Never forget, we sell fun.”
It was so much fun I also bought the hard copy.
I am a big Stephen King fan to begin with and my favorite books of his are the ones that don't depend too much on the supernatural. What I was struck with listening to Joyland was what a great story teller SK is. The book has a gently unfolding story with terrific character development. Michael Kelly's narration was perfect for this story. To me, the ghost story/mystery was almost secondary to the vivid description of Joyland itself. I found the whole thing very enjoyable and have listened to it a second time.