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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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    laurie el lago, TX, United States 12-03-13
    laurie el lago, TX, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story - Not too thrilled by Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Michael Kelly?

    I love Stephen King. This latest book was a little disappointing in that the narrator did not seem to get into "character" enough in some of the passages. The story line itself was intriguing but the plot seemed to move around too much and it was unclear where the author was going.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kelly?

    not really sure


    Was Joyland worth the listening time?

    Yes - I'm glad I finished it.


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    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 12-02-13
    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 12-02-13

    Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)

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    "Good, fun story."

    Joyland is a good, fun story. King avoids his typical pitfall of over writing. The story advances at a good pace, and is over almost too soon. Ironically, I thought it lacked depth, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The ghost-y elements are good and creepy, but never exploitative. Kelly's performance matches the characters and the tone of the story well. He crafted unique voices for each character and plays them so well that you never lose track of who is talking.

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    Louisa Los angeles, CA, United States 12-01-13
    Louisa Los angeles, CA, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Audio book addict

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    "Nice book"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I loved all the characters they seemed so friendly and warm except for Ed but in the end even him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Mrs. Shoplaw. She was so endearing to me I just fell in love with her.


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

    He gave great voices to all the characters I really felt like I was experiencing the characters as individuals not just some guy reading a book and constantly changing his voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

    Mike of course! He was such a wonderful kid from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit slow for my taste wish it had more ghost interaction with Lisa Gray but in the end it was a good book for me.

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    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13

    safe in FL

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    "Another Stephen King Experience"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I loved the setting in carny land. Several of his books are set in a similar place. King and I are the same age, and when I read his books they vividly take me back.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He was great! He sounds somewhat like King himself.


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    DJEPRR Eustis, FL, United States 11-24-13
    DJEPRR Eustis, FL, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "King rules...always"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    This was a great book but I think the reader is really what took this over the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    Enjoyed all the early 70s memory joggers


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

    Michael Kelly did a fabulous job with this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-22-13
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    "Not your average Stephen King book"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    I will listen to this again in a few years.


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

    Good plot not scary like most King books but I really enjoyed it.


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

    Yes.


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    Jacalyn Cobb, CA, United States 11-16-13
    Jacalyn Cobb, CA, United States 11-16-13
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    "Unusual story"

    Was an interesting book about carni life and mystery who done it serial killer along with the gentle story of a mother and dying young boy who is clairvoyant. Enjoyable but not a page turner

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    LINDA 11-08-13
    LINDA 11-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very En-JOY-able!"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    I loved listening and learning the carnival/amusement vernacular. That made the story especially interesting to me. This coming of age story of a college man was tender and funny. The story wasn't particularly scary as a standard Steve King story can be, but was enjoyable in the same way that "Stand By Me" wasn't scary, but had some dark human moments, but not too harsh.


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

    The plot kept me on my seat because I was not sure whether the story was going to get really scary. The ending was good and satisfied the suspense.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    Michael Kelly's voice was great. He had voice of a youthful college student. It seemed perfect.


    Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

    Michael and Devon seemed the most memorable to me for the long run, but the carnival owner and Madam Fortuna stick in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    A story that can be read by all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 11-07-13
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "i want horror from king"

    when i get a King novel i expect horror. i want supernatural. i want creepy. i want escape from the normal.

    this is NOT his horror e'specialty.

    this IS a wonderful, powerful, engrossing novel. i loved it. there was no horror, bit it didn't need it. this one got to me somewhere else; somewhere that is not horrible...

    i have read more than half of King's canon. Joyland proves that King is not just the master of horror, he's a master of writing.

    -m

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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 11-04-13
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 11-04-13
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    "Don't waste your time"

    First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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