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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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    Maryann Cleveland, OH, United States 08-02-13
    Maryann Cleveland, OH, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I really like this story"

    Worth your credit. I really like this story. I haven't finished yet. I listen back and forth to work and just have'nt got to the end.. but I really like the way it is written. No matter how this ends it is a good story

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    Gulf Coast 07-31-13
    Gulf Coast 07-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun Joy Ride!"

    This is the 3rd Stephen King I have read/listened to. Enjoyed he narrator and the story!! Great way to pass my drive time to/from work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-31-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Joel Szerlip

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    "A Short Engaging Summer Read"

    I'm a more recent Stephen King convert. The first King novel I read was Under the Dome, and then fell in love with his writing in 11-22-63. I recently read The Stand for the first time, and am now hooked. So when I saw that he put out a new novel I didn't even read the summary I just hit the buy button.

    Joyland is far different then the other three Stephen King novels I read previously. The most obvious difference is the length, Joyland dwarfs in comparison. However its brevity is one of its strengths. Joyland is an extremely engaging tale of a young man trying to find his way in the world after his first big break-up. What ensues is a summer working at a theme park. I finished Joyland in two days and although it doesn't have the lasting impact of the previous novels I have read its still an extremely entertaining and enjoyable summer read.

    Oh and Michael Kelly does a fantastic job reading this novel. I really hope he reads more of King's and others work in the future. Has sort of a Matthew McConaughey rasp to his voice that was great to listen to.

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    Jim Carol Stream, IL, United States 07-30-13
    Jim Carol Stream, IL, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Say what?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I liked the book (4 stars). I also liked Michael Kelly's narration, but the constant changes in volume drove me nuts, especially while listening in the car. If I set it loud enough to hear the quiet passages, and there were a lot of them, the louder passages were WAY too loud. So I gave the narration 2 stars, even though Michael Kelly deserved better.

    This is not the only audible book like this. I don't know why they don't fix this in the studio with a little compression. It's a simple fix to an all too common problem.


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    Kelly Hereford, AZ, United States 07-29-13
    Kelly Hereford, AZ, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stephen King has done it again!"
    Any additional comments?

    Who else could make me care about a guy working at an amusement park? No one. I was hooked from the beginning.

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    mercblue281 07-29-13
    mercblue281 07-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read (ergh listen)"
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    Narrator does a fantastic job. Highly recommended. Finished easily in a couple weeks of short commutes.

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    dawn clio, MI, United States 07-29-13
    dawn clio, MI, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great King book"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was a good short listen. The narrator was ok. Most of his voices were very similar. The book itself showed the lighter side of King. I enjoy his scary or supernatural books the best. It is worth the listen. His characters are always good and bring you into the book. The ending could have had a little more closure. I did laugh and cry at different times in the book,. If you are a SK fan you will enjoy it

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    Tom Saginaw, MI, United States 07-29-13
    Tom Saginaw, MI, United States 07-29-13
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    "Outstanding."
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    A beautiful read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end was amazing. Miko at Joyland was cool.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, couldn't wait for what was next. Over TOOOOOOO soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Brought me back to King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 07-28-13
    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2011

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    "All his best stuff again..."

    I loved this new book. It was a fast, fun read with a bit of everything I love about Stephen King...a little mystery, a touch of the supernatural (think The Shining but not so intense), likable characters, a little romance, some sadness and some joy. I liked the narration, with the main character reminiscing about his life and his time at Joyland. The only drawback with the narrator was his voice was that of they young man rather than the older man looking back. But that was only a minor drawback, otherwise well-narrated. Very much enjoyed it.

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    ChrisG Torrington CT 07-28-13
    ChrisG Torrington CT 07-28-13
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    "Well written, but very average crime story"

    Stephen King is a master of creating a mood in a story. He is also a master of transporting the reader into another place in time as he did with the outstanding 11/22/63. In Joyland Kink creates the mood and sets the time period well, but the story itself is thin. Joyland isn't a bad book, but there are better choices from this great writer. On a bright note, the performance of Michael Kelly was top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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