"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.
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Compelling, entertaining, interesting
While not scary, or particularly mysterious, King creates strong characters and places, and I looked forward to seeing how it unfolded.
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.
The carnys of the Joyland Park.
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.
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!!!
The main character Devin Jones is my favorite character although I like each character (even Lane) for their contribution to the story.
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.
I think it is the perfect name, I wouldn't change it.
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!
Yes, this is sweet and a bit sentimental in parts, but it's also a really nice coming of age story. 21 is an emotional time in life and hindsight gives us the opportunity to cringe at what seemed important at the time. I think King did a great job of showing Devin as a real guy dealing with the ups and downs of becoming an adult while tossing a decent mystery into the mix.
Having spent a summer of my own at a local amusement part (including "wearing the fur,") I appreciated the details of being young among the carnies. It's a magical world you know you'll leave at summer's end, but some part of it will never leave you, as it never did Devin.
If you're looking for old school King horror, this probably won't be your cup of tea, but if you're looking for a really good listen with a few tears and laughs along the way, then by all means download this book.
Joyland by Stephen King is the story of 21 year old virgin Devin Jones who spends the summer and fall of 1973 working at the North Carolina amusement park. Jump on board for Dev’s journey – it is a coming of age tale; of lost love and love found, of new friends, of ghost stories, of murder and of the fate of a dying child that will change his life forever.
The audio book was narrated by Michael Kelly. It took me some time to warm up to his style but by the end of the almost 8 hour narration I thought he did an excellent job.
Yes I would listen again. Believable story that leaves you wondering the outcome till the end.
Yes. Great book. Not predictable imo. I. Finished it in 2 days because I couldn't stop listening!
It is not a tense nail biter. It is just good. Stephen King crafts a world that you find yourself feeling a part of.only his books have created such a sense of feeling part of the story.
They are all good. But he does a great ny jewish mother.
Milo. But theres a catch.....the Jesus kite has to come too..
Awesome read for any time of the year. A lot of reviews say great summer read but I think its good for any season.
"Listening with my other ear"
towards the top.
I honestly loved the whole book. I hear a television movie coming, I hope.
He brings out the emotion and brings life to the characters.
Take a ride to Joyland just for the scare of it.
I really loved the characters, the colors, sounds, and the little twists. And I really have enjoyed the nice little departure Mr. King has taken in his last few books, but to tell you the truth, I can't wait for "Doctor Sleep" to come out later this month.
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.
Well, if he is, read this book. Certainly not one his best, but it was nice to hear his familiar voice and wry observations.
I enjoyed the narration.
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.
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