Crime drama/comedy? Characters are stereotypes. Villains and good guys alike shoot it out through the entire book... from one contrived situation to another. Bad guy snipers pin down the unarmed good guys for hours and hours in a rural house. Over-the-top preposterous set of circumstances, dialogue and plot. I regret this purchase.
Couldn't put this one down...had to stay up late into the night to hear the finish. Story told with enough technical accuracy that it was a believable thriller of astronaut accidentally left behind on Mars. And just as Apollo 13 astronauts were saved with unbelievable creative heroism, this fictional story reads like a real news coverage of an actual event. Well done!
Author meanders over too many genres - nearly gave up several times when authored switched readily into morality lectures interspersed with drag-out drama. Made it to the end but wish I have bailed out. Reader is very good. Story -plot line needs strong dose of editing.
the story includes a reward for the finder of a lost item…Charles Dickens neglects to say what happened with this handsome reward. The story would have concluded better with this lose end resolved--especially in light of the poverty of one of the characters.
Mystery was solved but the drama of one of the characters involved in the mystery was left unresolved.
The variety of charming English dialects - so effortlessly that each character stood out as individuals
no - light entertainment to use up a 47 minute commute. No deep thinking required.
Yes. Stephen King's story unfolds as a 21-yr old college student begins his summer job at an amusement park. The story is of lost love, friendship, betrayal, heroism, and learning to trust. The setting is an amusement park where an unsolved murder occurred a few years earlier. The college kid is a lost soul...the love of his life has dumped him and he is trying to figure out what to do with his life. There other lost souls...including a cranky old "carnie" that berates everyone, the owner of the financially dying Joyland, and maybe too the ghost of the murdered girl.
Stephen King's storytelling rolls out in first-person and it feels like the young man is sitting next to you on a long airplane flight quietly telling his story just to you.
The dialogue was well written - in just a few short words Stephen King leaves the reader with an intimate set of details so cleverly strung you can see and hear and even taste the air of the amusement park...and just maybe you are one of the chosen to glimpse the outline of a ghost.
The layers of the story kept me listening without interruption... Will the truth behind the murder at the amusement park be solved? Is the fortune teller psychic... or a fake? Is there a ghost at the park? All these unfold as background story to the young man's struggle to get over being dumped by his first love.
Main character speech pattern is perfect. So true to form for a 21 yr old character mooning over lost love; stress to make decisions on friendships; and descriptions of what it's like to work like a "Hound Dog" during hot and hectic summer days. The reader did excellent job with all the characters. Young and old, male and female... crusty old carnie workers and librarians... each personality came thru his voice.
Joyland - where lives are lost and found
I stayed away from Stephen King books as they scared me too much (The Shinning...) but came back for Joyland...and so glad I did. The story is a simple straightforward telling - yet so rich with complexity of back-story layers, realistic settings, and unique personalities.
Author's words pour out of Hildy's mouth in such an easy conversational flow. Just as if Hildy was sitting next to you on a long airplane flight. She tells you, a stranger, stories of her little town and of her life that she'd never say publicly to those she knows. Dialogue is so rich, I finished the book and started over again!
The humor is Dave Barry. And the gut jabs of reality is Fanny Flagg "Green Fried Tomatoes".
Hildy's voice is PERFECT... and yet the reader, Mary Beth Hurt did justice to ALL the characters. She brought the story to life. Her reading was so natural it was like she was in the room sitting next to you, leaning in slightly as she shares this story.
Hildy and her ex-spouse. Those two are perfect company!
Plan to buy more by this author and reader
Reads like a PBS special on WWII - with all the details needed to paint the true story of mundane daily routines in the war, brilliant minds, warring egos, and a plot that sounds like it was lifted from a preposterous Hollywood action film...but it is not fiction. Rather it is the incredible telling of British espionage that turns the tide in WWII. I enjoyed "AGENT ZIGZAG" by same author...and not disappointed with this story of how a dead body fooled the German military. Readers will enjoy the fine layer of details added to the story as they draw to mind such a visual image that when you think back on this book you'll have a hard time remembering did you read this one or was it a move?
Lovers matched by computer and the perfect couples end up dead. Good premise for a story but it falls flat. Trite and overly long build up of the plot. If I wasn't stuck in a long car ride with nothing else to listen to I would have tossed it out the window. Author Childs has done better work... he could have used an editor with a decent pair of scissors to cut the heck out of this one... I gave it two stars because of the decent reader...
Three minutes into this story you'll be hooked. The narrators (voices representing the main character at 90-something and 23-something) are excellent... The reading is with such skill you can "see" the story unfolding. The author has woven a story of flashbacks told by the 90 year old and a 1930's young man of 23-something. The story is set in a travelling circus - with some quirky characters and young loves. The animals, the big top, and the life and death of survival make this a riviting story. Worth all 5 stars and should be on your NEXT LISTEN.
First half is hysterical fast-pace development of the main characters - the self centered boss-from-hell and the weak-kneed assistant who is trying to make her way in the fashion business. But the second half is just a rehash of the same boss-from-hell situations from the first half of the book. The humorous situations are retold over and over. First few times is funny... then gets old real fast. I stayed with the story however to see the growth of the main characters - but the characters go nowhere. No growth and no change in the situation from opening lines. Good start - weak ending. Maybe the movie vrsion solves this weak ending?
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