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Joyland | [Stephen King]

Joyland

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.
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Publisher's Summary

"Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book.... Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves moved."
—Charles Ardai, Edgar- and Shamus Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime.

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

©2013 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-04-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THERE'S A LOT TO BE SAID FOR BOREDOM"

    NEVER KID A KIDDER, KIDO
    I love Stephen King and most of his books, and Jim the Impatient, listened to this whole thing, so it is not boring. It is not horror, it's kind of a cheap imitation of Water For Elephants. As much as I love King, I will advise you to read Water for Elephants instead. It is better written, more involved, scarier, and a better look at circus life then this is a look at Carney life.

    WHEN IT COMES TO THE PAST, EVERYONE WRITES FICTION.
    If this had been a true story, it might have been a tear jerker, if we had been more invested in the characters, it would have been less cheesy. Like Howard Stern says on America's Got Talent," Mr. King, I believe you fell a little flat tonight, I loved what you did in previous nights, but tonight something was missing." Bachman's version of this story would be more to my taste.

    MAKE IT JOB ONE
    I also wonder if the mother had not been drop dead gorgeous if our hero would have befriended the cripple. Sorry kid, your mother's too plain looking.

    I'M AS DRY AS TEN YEAR DOG SH@@

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-01-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Really Good Tale"

    I think it's fair to say this is a quickie by King standards. It's a very good one. Like most all of his work the characters seem more like old friends, people you know and like and hope the best for.

    It's a murder mystery set in an aging carnival type theme park in 1973 North Carolina. There actually is one here called South of the Border. Google it for a laugh. There's a very small supernatural element which has little to do with the story or it's outcome. In truth it would be a great thriller without any supernatural occurrences.

    Just sit back and let reader Michael Kelly take you back to 1973. You won't regret it for a moment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 06-14-13
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 06-14-13 Member Since 2007

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "I EXPECT MUCH MORE FROM STEPHEN KING"

    I was quite disappointed with this book. I've read many of kings novels and enjoyed them very much, King is a truly remarkable writer who has consistently delivered great work. So I certainly had high expectations with Joyland. Why he would release such a superficial, formulaic, predictable and shallow work is beyond me. As far as the narration goes, I think he did a good job and his voice fit the material .When I reflect on this book I feel Its as if he put this little book out there just to fulfill some contractual obligation. If you're debating on whether to invest in this or not- I say DON'T. If there are any other highly rated king novels that you haven't listened to then get one of those instead. MY fav`s are THE GREEN MILE-UNDER THE DOME -11 ;22; 63- THE STAND AND MISERY. DUMA KEY- CHRISTINE- AND DREAM CATCHER ARE worthy reads but are a notch below the former listed .SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is remarkably short and is one of the very few examples of the movie being better than the book. - ON WRITING which is very rewarding and very enjoyable is mostly autobiography and not a novel. I think he is capable of much, much better, deeper more sophisticated work like he hinted at in under the dome and 11<22<63..While this is a reasonably well written short story it doesnt come close to standing up to kings recent work. Bottom line, I say SKIP THIS ONE

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 06-05-13
    Melinda UT 06-05-13 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "How I Spent My Summer Vacation"

    This is the number 3 song on the A-side of one of your favorites bands newest LP. It's not the title track or the one getting the most play, but you like it. As we all know, King can tell a story and create atmosphere like no other, and for 7 1/2 hours it was fun hanging out at the local amusement park...watching the goofy dance numbers performed by the employees, eating corn dogs, riding the hammer, and getting creeped out in the Terr-O-Ride. If you are a fan of horror--you are going to be as disappointed as Clark Griswold was to find out Wally World was closed for the season, but fans of King's style should enjoy the fun light ghost story.

    40 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 04-22-14
    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.

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    "Great Coming-of-Age Story"

    The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that in contrast to King's other novels, this one just didn't 'grip' me. That being said, it was an excellent story. There were many many heartwarming parts that brought tears to my eyes. As with all of King's books - I immediately connected with the characters - related to them, felt sorry for them, loved them. One thing I love about Stephen King novels is the 'creepiness' factor... this book lacked that. What this book DID have, though, was a solid plot: romance, murder-mystery, coming-of-age. I enjoyed it a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-05-14
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Hit Home for Me"

    Good story, great narrator, sad ending… Stephen King does it again. And for me personally the story really hit home. Took place in the 70s, my favorite era... I can’t think of one other book that mentions my favorite athlete of all time - Larry Csonka and my favorite game – scrabble; while also referencing New Jersey and Carney from Kearny, which just happens to be my home town!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristopher Ames Marysville, WA 09-17-13
    Kristopher Ames Marysville, WA 09-17-13 Member Since 2001
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    "It wasn't the best... It wasn't the worst..."

    ... It was just average. A nice little story to help pass 7+ hours. It kind of reminded me of listening to grandpa tell stories of days gone bye. You don't fully listen you just listen enough to nod at the right times.

    There was no suspense to this book, nothing to make you say "I have to listen to the rest of this now". Though there is a ghost, it isn't much of a ghost story. Although the main character is trying to solve a mystery, it didn't really have the feel of a mystery as some of it was predictable and when you did find out who the murderer was it was more a feeling of "who cares".

    However, if you are a King fan, have a credit to spend and nothing else is catching your eye, I mean nothing else at all, then go ahead an pick it up. Just don't expect a King Masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 08-29-13
    Swad 08-29-13

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    "Short King"
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    A Stephen King book that comes in under 8 hours. Who would have thought. The relative brevity of this book makes it more like classic King than anything he's written in year. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rukkia DURANGO, CO, United States 08-27-13
    Rukkia DURANGO, CO, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Reminiscent of Stand by Me"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I really wasn't sure that I was going to , and it took a little to get into, but I did enjoy it. The story kept you guessing, and was very well put together. The narrators voice didn't fit the voice that my mind wanted to hear for teh charater, but he did a good job narrating, so it wasn't really his fault. Overall, a very enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "A good steady read"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is not up at the top of my list but I did thoroughly enjoy this read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    When Mike got to go to Joyland. I felt as exhilarated as he did.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listed to Michael Kelly before... his voice was appropriate for the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have extreme reactions to the book like I did reading 23-11-63. But I enjoyed the book and it kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    As Steven King novels go, this was tame. However, the story was engaging and i really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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