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Joyland

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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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    Amazon Customer Acton, ON, Canada 10-18-13
    Amazon Customer Acton, ON, Canada 10-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A nice quick story"
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    Another moving story. I really like the characters in this story. He always makes you see them as friends.

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    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 10-16-13
    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    I really enjoyed King's Joyland. I had seen some negative ratings, and wasn't sure what to expect. Joyland exceeded my expectations in every way. It is one of my favorite King stories now, up there on my list by Bag of Bones. I felt like Joyland was a lot like Bag of Bones, though I can't exactly put my finger on why. It might be the first person point of view, the great characters, the element of a child who can see what others can not, and the relationship of the protagonist to the child. In any case, I had the same feelings when i listen to Joyland when I listened to bag of Bones. I listen (or read) to Bag of Bones usually twice a year, sometimes 3 times. I can see myself adding Joyland to my repeat listen list.

    Michael Kelly did an excellent job narrating. He was perfect, perfect inflection, perfect tone, perfect voice all around. I expecially appreciated how he read the children and female characters. Many men read female voices as nasal and valley girl, which totally ruins the story for me. Kelly did a great job, and I could enjoy the story. In fact, I felt the narration added to the story rather than just disappeared into it.

    So, I went back and read some of the negative reviews, and they mostly seem to be a negative reaction to the fact that Joyland isn't a blood and guts, scary HORROR story. As if horror is ALL that Kind writes. King has never written ONLY blood and guts scary horror. He writes fantasy and sci-fi to horror to the strange and fantastic. I would say all his writing has elements that carry through all of his works, but not all of them are the same. Joyland is a ghost story, but that's not the only story. There is also a story about a young man and a woman, a young man and a sick child, an amusement park, and so on. King's works are always stories within stories within people and Joyland fits that mold. If you like King for his well drawn characters, fantastic yet somehow down to earth and believable plots and settings and the way he can make those people and places come alive, then you will probably like Joyland. If you are only interested in blood and guts and scary horror, you might not like Joyland at all.

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    LoriBee Northern California 10-11-13
    LoriBee Northern California 10-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator Made This Story!"

    I thought this story was narrated beautifully. Michael Kelly did an awesome job with the characters and made the story more compelling than it might have been had I been reading it instead.

    Love the characters in this book--one of King's talents--and the carnival setting made for a fun read. This one won't leave you shaking in your boots like The Shining, but it's got enough of the classic King chill to keep loyal fans happy.

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 10-10-13
    Mark Toney, AL United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Certainly not a thriller"

    I rely heavily on customer reviews when using my credits and when I saw this Stephen King offering with such stellar reviews I figured it was a can't miss selection. The story is decent, borderline mediocre. Really this one is closer to the short stories King has done like "the body", which they used for the Movie "Stand By Me". I think if you are looking for a thriller you will be sadly disappointed. Big name authors sometimes get a pass on the reviews and I think that is the case here. I am a big Stephen King fan, loved 11-22-63, but this one was almost boring. Narration was average. The primary storyline is simply about a young man coming of age. A subplot about a serial killer makes up a very small portion of the book and ties to a ghost make up an even smaller and almost unrelated aspect of the story.

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    Jonathan 10-01-13
    Jonathan 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes, the story was great and the reading was spot on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    I loved when you began to learn the language of Carnies.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    The protagonist


    Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

    I really liked the in keeper. She plays a small part but I liked her humor and way of speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    You should listen to this book. Well worth the time.

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    Riley Bellevue, NE 10-01-13
    Riley Bellevue, NE 10-01-13

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    "Not much joy found in Joyland"

    Although the writing is good, as are all SK books, the story fails to entertain. First off, by reading what the book was about, I expected a good mystery. However, more than three quarters of the book is about a kid skipping a year of college to work at Joyland amusement park. The story of the friends he meets and the different duties he preforms, blah-blah-blah-boring. The mystery, if you can call it that, happens in the last hour and a half of the book. I'm just thankful it wasn't another one of SK's 1000 page books. At least time management was acceptable.

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    katharine COLUMBIA, SC, United States 09-29-13
    katharine COLUMBIA, SC, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "You are in trouble Stephen King!"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes, The story is the classic who done it with thrills and you can't figure it out until the end.


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    ODD Thomas books


    Which scene was your favorite?

    at the park all of them


    If you could take any character from Joyland out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    the main guy!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NMS 09-29-13
    NMS 09-29-13

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    "Excellent performance."
    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Always.


    Any additional comments?

    A milder Stephen King, it was a nice story made better by the narrator.

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    Christian 09-28-13
    Christian 09-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Strong King Novel, Great Performance"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, entertaining, interesting


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    While not scary, or particularly mysterious, King creates strong characters and places, and I looked forward to seeing how it unfolded.


    What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wonderful reader. Great character voices and accents, and real personality to the narrator. I honestly think his performance increased my enjoyment of a serviceable King novel.


    Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

    The carnys of the Joyland Park.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better later King novels. In moving more away from straight horror, while keeping certain supernatural elements, he creates a novel not defined by its monster. Iit really succeeds with the characters and the setting of Joyland, all of which are nicely realized fun to spend time with. As with a lot of King books it can be a bit farfetched at points but it never crosses over into over-the-top absurd.

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    D. Galloway Chattanooga, TN United States 09-27-13
    D. Galloway Chattanooga, TN United States 09-27-13

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    "A roller coaster of romance and suspense!"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    Perfect length, well written coming of age story, colorful characters, and a murder mystery all rolled into one. Plus the story is set in North Carolina and not Maine.. YEAH!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character Devin Jones is my favorite character although I like each character (even Lane) for their contribution to the story.


    What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Kelly did an awesome job as a narrator for this story. His voice appears to add the right dimension for the main character's age and adds individual characteristics to each individual's performance within the story. I will definitely search for more audio books from him.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    I think it is the perfect name, I wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Stephen King's: "The Body," "The Shining," or "11/22/1963" I think you will really like this story. The first and last book for their coming of age story lines and romantic side stories. The Shining, because they both feature children with "The sight." Although he does pine away for his ex-girlfriend throughout the book (and it can get annoying to some degree), that's life..we do it, or at least did it when "coming of age." In my opinion one of Stephen King's best books in the last two decades!

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