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Joyland Audiobook
Joyland
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Michael Kelly
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Joyland Audiobook

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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    Hazel B Parker 09-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another interesting tale by the master storyteller"

    At first I wasn't sure about this one but I'm really glad I stuck it out. It was a good travel back in recent history. An interesting look behind the scenes of a carnival. An excellent woven tale, of coming of age.

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    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 09-13-13
    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 09-13-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Is Stephen King your friend?"

    Well, if he is, read this book. Certainly not one his best, but it was nice to hear his familiar voice and wry observations.

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    Amazon Customer HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 09-11-13
    Amazon Customer HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable but good"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narration.


    Would you recommend Joyland to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes for a short trip by car it might be good. There are a few sexual parts that may make it difficult for young ones but it is not over the top.


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

    No


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    Marjorie Alexandria, VA, United States 09-10-13
    Marjorie Alexandria, VA, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2001
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    "For the Non-King reader, This is One to Try"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    I might listen to "Joyland" in a few years. Just like I plan to listen to "It" again. It is easy to place yourself inside both novels. King writes about a time that feels so familiar. I have read a number of his novels and some are the very definition of creepy. This one isn't creepy in the same way that "Salem's Lot" or "Dreamcatcher" were, but it does have an edge, plus I am always game for a ghost or two in any story.


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

    He has a voice that is easy to listen to--there was nothing about it that distracted this listener.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a sweet story and kept me listening when I ought not to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 09-06-13
    Robin 09-06-13
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    "One of Stephen King's best"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I loved the storyline and the characters. They were wonderfully colorful and likeable. It's a love story interwoven with a mystery wrapped in nostalgia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene Fenoglietto Monroeville, PA 09-05-13
    Marlene Fenoglietto Monroeville, PA 09-05-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Usual great listen"

    Joyland is the usual compelling story by Stephen King.....a great listen enhanced by a superb narration!

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    Nanette Lake Forest, CA, United States 09-01-13
    Nanette Lake Forest, CA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely LOVED it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    I must say that the performance by Michael Kelly made this book for me. So often the narrator isn't believable as the character, but Kelly made Devon Jones step off the pages and into my imagination. He was real. I was also taken aback by how sweet the main character was, the manner in which he was portrayed, I was drawn to him on a personal level. I'm sure this was, in part, because of Kelly's portrayal but I surely enjoyed how caught up I became in this young man's life one summer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    The ending .... I cried, and that surprised me for a Stephen King novel.


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

    He was Devon Jones. His reading seemed so real to me. He made the main character seem genuine, kind, sweet, and sad all at the same time. I really loved his style.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not put this down, could not stop listening and was so invested in the main character. I loved it. It was bittersweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Collierville, TN, United States 08-28-13
    Julie Collierville, TN, United States 08-28-13
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    "Tired of Getting Jolted with Politics"

    Lovely story and characters. It's not a nail biter but I was always interested in what was going to happen next. I liked the narrator - he sounded like a normal guy just telling his story.

    I love some of King's sayings - "He's three doors down from handsome", etc.

    I don't what happened to King, but he seems bitter. He's been injecting his hatred of some politicians into his stories. I can only imagine what it must be like for him in his real life. I wish he would keep his hatred out of his work.

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    Amazon Customer Toronto 08-25-13
    Amazon Customer Toronto 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Descriptive and well-written"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The twist at the end was appreciated but not entirely unexpected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    The special visit to the fair


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    Kyle EDMOND, OK, United States 08-25-13
    Kyle EDMOND, OK, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I only wish it was longer!"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Pure Stephen King! Through all of his books his strongest element has always been his character development and this is no exception. Nothing better than a book that you feel like you've known the main characters for years. Even better when you get that feeling even in a book this short. The amount of research he pours into every novel never ceases to amaze me. You would think he worked in an amusement park for years, the way he describes the business with such detail.

    All in all, this is not your typical horror story from Stephen King, but he seems to be getting away from those lately anyway. This might send a shiver or two up your spine, but it only adds to the fact that you won't want to stop listening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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