I enjoyed this light read (listen) a great deal. No deeper message found within. I wouldn't spend hours discussing the story with my book club. However, this is a really fun and entertaining listen.
7.5 hours of ghosts, murder and Stephen King's unique and colorful brilliance. If you enjoy Stephen King's crime stories, this is a great listen. If you enjoy his horror stories, this has it too.
Not normally being a night person, I started listening to this late last night and couldn't stop until I finished it this morning. I purchased it in hopes of using it for a road trip this weekend...too late! It was just too good to stop listening.
I don't like to write reviews that give away too much of the story because I don't like reading reviews that are written like book reports for a college course. So I will just say that you will not be disappointed. Local amusement parks are always a bit haunted and creepy, unlike the Disneys and 6 Flags. Joyland was a great setting for a really great scary story.
The reader has a great voice. Although telling the story from the rear view of a 60 year old man, it was very easy to envision him as the college boy with a broken heart. Often the voices detract from the story for me. This book could not have been read by a better voice. (Although I love the Stephen King books that are actually read by Stephen King)
This not available on Kindle yet so whispernet is not available, but listening you can't go wrong. I wish I had it in front of me rather than already finished...this would have been great for my road trip alone, very scary!
Truly enjoyed is book. It was a straight-thru listen for me, so that's rare. The story was not predictable, but totally believable. Loved it. Exceedingly well written.
I began listening to this with every expectation of hating it. I fall for titles that sound like they're going to change whatever is wrong with me. Then I read the book and find everything wrong with the book and leave it with no change to my issues, except feeling superior to whatever idiot tried to impart some insight and failed...at least for someone like me.
This book came into my life at the perfect time. I won't spill all of the inspiration and GREAT advice that I now will work to build into my path forward...my move toward finally attempting to do with my life what I've always wanted to and realized at 40 that I was stacking years behind with no movement toward who I thought I would be long before now. But I will tell you that this book is one in dozens, maybe hundreds, that hit my sweet spot. Read it. Hopefully, like me, you'll find something to help you get started too.
I was tempted to write a 3 star review...once you read it, you'll know why. I just want the author to know that I am grateful for this book.
The story is good and overall this is worthwhile.
But the reader...without having any idea who she is or how old, all i could find myself wondering was "how many packs a day has she smoked in her short 65 years on the planet?" Sometimes she was bearable. But many, many times I was very distracted by her rasp. It can't be easy doing children's voices, but her breath control was horrible.
Some interesting stuff about the Channel Islands...which I had really not thought about more than the incredible dairy cows that come from there. (mmm, raw Jersey milk is my favorite)
The entire book is a collection of letters that tells the story. I enjoy first person stories from letters and diaries, probably because I feel like I'm taking a sneak peak into someone's secret life. Thankfully I got the audio version because the different voices helped me keep track of who was who. Good casting.
It wasn't brilliantly written, but I enjoyed it. I had one issue with the story. But once I got it, it stuck in my craw and annoyed me. The protagonist was a bit too perfect...strong, single at a time when a 32 year old single woman wasn't really all that cool, an accomplished writer, deep thinker, maternal, kind, honest, trustworthy, loyal...way too good to be true. And the abrasive American...really? We get one rep in the entire book and he has to be a self-centered jerk? This is a book about WW2. Shouldn't we get some props from THAT at least? I mean really, how do you think that whole fiasco would have turned out without the Americans? It made me wonder about the authors...So I looked them up and, to no surprise, they are from Berkeley. I lived in and love the Bay Area with all my heart...but PLEASE stop hating your own country. Americans aren't all bad. I may not measure up to the uber perfect heroine, but I'm a pretty good soul.
Aside from that I think this is a pretty good book. Enlightening and sobering in places, it finally comes together in a pretty entertaining way.
This was an ok story. Kind of predictable. If you love romances, I guess this is adequate. I stayed interested enough to finish it.
This had me with the creepy apartment. Then the crew turning over and figuring out interesting clues...groovy. But then, they lost me so absolutely and completely that I could never come back right about the time they started their third mile underground.
Sorry. I found the story tedious and boring. The experience was painful. Yawn.
This audio book was the best I've heard in a long time. What an amazingly sad yet upbeat story. This book hit me on a very personal level, one which I wish I had the gift to share articulately. But, for me, a story this visceral is beyond description.
Reminiscent of Glass Castle, but better.
I started listening and did not stop until it was over.
Great story. Well written. Really well read. I ended up listening nonstop from beginning to end. That happens only with the greats. This would be an excellent travel listen
Moving, funny, educational but moreover, WILDLY interesting.
This was a great peek inside of several worlds. Greeks, immigrants, Midwestern second gen new Americans and finally the life of an adolescent hermaphrodite.
This should be a required read for anyone who has ever held in judgement anyone who doesn't fit into their view of acceptable sexual orientation. If this doesn't open their mind, nothing will.
I couldn't stop listening from beginning until end. Excellent.
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