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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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    Bibiana Clifton Park, NY, United States 08-08-13
    Bibiana Clifton Park, NY, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Nostalgic, touching, engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephen King is excellent at moving his stories backward and forward in time. Great reflection of how memories of events flow with no regard to the calendar


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Annie being presented with the roses


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The kite flying moment that allowed Mike to really fly


    Any additional comments?

    The performance would have been perfect - great timing, right amount of wistfulness, etc. - if only the narrator would have pronounced "didn't" and "couldn't" correctly. He forgot the second "d" and said, "dinnint" and "counnit". I really tried to shrug it off but it kept coming back to bother me.

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    Elaine Draper, UT, United States 08-08-13
    Elaine Draper, UT, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "This is not a Steven King book"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Michael Kelly?

    If this book was written by Steven King then he has lost his talent or it was written by someone else and he put his name on it, worse book I have listened to, it was so boring with no suspense at all. My daughter and I listened to it while traveling and we could not believe how boring it was.
    No I will probably not ever buy a book by Steven King again I was so disappointed. The book just went on and on with no plot no suspense nothing.


    Has Joyland turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kelly’s performances?

    Yes but not one written by Steven King, he used to be the best what happened?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boring


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back from this book it was that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 08-05-13
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013

    book spirit

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    "Story by a great storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    Michael Kelly was very easy to listen to. The style kept me listening.


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    The tone reminds me of Hearts in Atlantis or Stand By Me.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He has a few speech patterns that are off, but for me it just makes him seem like he is the author of the story.


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

    A Difficult Right of Passage


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the reader. When it comes to audio books the reader is as important as the writer. This one is a winner on both counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 08-04-13
    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptionally tender for Stephen King"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Joyland was a piece of chocolate after dinner. I enjoyed it thoroughly, found it relaxing to listen too, but not boring. Stephen King is a great writer and the narrator was terrific.


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

    He reads with great animation and emphasis. The performance brings the characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 08-04-13
    Alice 08-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Another Audible Addict

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    "Over too soon"

    Sweet and touching story, poetic descriptions in a fun
    venue. I loved Michael Kelly's strong but silky voice . Stephen King doesn't disappoint, but like a just a spoonful of some decadent creamy dessert it left me wanting more, with maybe a few more layers? I try not to read stories less than 10 hours, because when they are good like this one, I tend to feel cheated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good even if not a King fan."
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes. Excellent, low key narration perfect for this story. Good story. King can develop a character in 2 pages better than Dan Brown can in 200.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Could not say without it being a "spoiler".


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

    He allowed me to enjoy the book audibly in the same manner as if I were reading the printed page. He did not turn it into a audible equivalent of some kind of frantic stage play. A bit too much emphasis on loud exclamations at 2 points, otherwise flawless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You must be this ... tall to ride this ride.


    Any additional comments?

    King should do more in this genre. Such an underrated author in terms of his true skills at prose and character development over and above the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-03-13
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "A audible book I could not put down"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I thinkwe can all relate to the main character who is in love with a person who does not feel the same. There is very little suppernatural about his book but I believe it is one of Mr. King's best novels (I have read/heard every novel he has written). I brought it everywhere I went and was sad that it was over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the young boy and his candor about his situation. The extra site was also fun to find what insites he may have.


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

    I liked the owner of the park. It was interesting to hear the extra language of Carney people and terms that they use.


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

    the summer I grew up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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