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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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    Michele 10-23-13
    Michele 10-23-13
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    "Story of Murder, Lost Souls, and Life Found"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes. Stephen King's story unfolds as a 21-yr old college student begins his summer job at an amusement park. The story is of lost love, friendship, betrayal, heroism, and learning to trust. The setting is an amusement park where an unsolved murder occurred a few years earlier. The college kid is a lost soul...the love of his life has dumped him and he is trying to figure out what to do with his life. There other lost souls...including a cranky old "carnie" that berates everyone, the owner of the financially dying Joyland, and maybe too the ghost of the murdered girl.

    Stephen King's storytelling rolls out in first-person and it feels like the young man is sitting next to you on a long airplane flight quietly telling his story just to you.

    The dialogue was well written - in just a few short words Stephen King leaves the reader with an intimate set of details so cleverly strung you can see and hear and even taste the air of the amusement park...and just maybe you are one of the chosen to glimpse the outline of a ghost.


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

    The layers of the story kept me listening without interruption... Will the truth behind the murder at the amusement park be solved? Is the fortune teller psychic... or a fake? Is there a ghost at the park? All these unfold as background story to the young man's struggle to get over being dumped by his first love.


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

    Main character speech pattern is perfect. So true to form for a 21 yr old character mooning over lost love; stress to make decisions on friendships; and descriptions of what it's like to work like a "Hound Dog" during hot and hectic summer days. The reader did excellent job with all the characters. Young and old, male and female... crusty old carnie workers and librarians... each personality came thru his voice.


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

    Joyland - where lives are lost and found


    Any additional comments?

    I stayed away from Stephen King books as they scared me too much (The Shinning...) but came back for Joyland...and so glad I did. The story is a simple straightforward telling - yet so rich with complexity of back-story layers, realistic settings, and unique personalities.

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    Amazon Customer southaven, MS, United States 10-19-13
    Amazon Customer southaven, MS, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2016

    Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.

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    "A little bit of everything"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story and just enough creep factor.


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

    I haven't listened to him before and he was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for monsters and gore this one isn't it, but I promis you would be missing out if you don't read it. It is a ghost story/who dunnit with a little bit of magic and yes King fans, some love. If I had the time, I would have have curled up on a Saturday and listened to the whole thing at once.

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    Amazon Customer Acton, ON, Canada 10-18-13
    Amazon Customer Acton, ON, Canada 10-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A nice quick story"
    Any additional comments?

    Another moving story. I really like the characters in this story. He always makes you see them as friends.

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    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 10-16-13
    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    I really enjoyed King's Joyland. I had seen some negative ratings, and wasn't sure what to expect. Joyland exceeded my expectations in every way. It is one of my favorite King stories now, up there on my list by Bag of Bones. I felt like Joyland was a lot like Bag of Bones, though I can't exactly put my finger on why. It might be the first person point of view, the great characters, the element of a child who can see what others can not, and the relationship of the protagonist to the child. In any case, I had the same feelings when i listen to Joyland when I listened to bag of Bones. I listen (or read) to Bag of Bones usually twice a year, sometimes 3 times. I can see myself adding Joyland to my repeat listen list.

    Michael Kelly did an excellent job narrating. He was perfect, perfect inflection, perfect tone, perfect voice all around. I expecially appreciated how he read the children and female characters. Many men read female voices as nasal and valley girl, which totally ruins the story for me. Kelly did a great job, and I could enjoy the story. In fact, I felt the narration added to the story rather than just disappeared into it.

    So, I went back and read some of the negative reviews, and they mostly seem to be a negative reaction to the fact that Joyland isn't a blood and guts, scary HORROR story. As if horror is ALL that Kind writes. King has never written ONLY blood and guts scary horror. He writes fantasy and sci-fi to horror to the strange and fantastic. I would say all his writing has elements that carry through all of his works, but not all of them are the same. Joyland is a ghost story, but that's not the only story. There is also a story about a young man and a woman, a young man and a sick child, an amusement park, and so on. King's works are always stories within stories within people and Joyland fits that mold. If you like King for his well drawn characters, fantastic yet somehow down to earth and believable plots and settings and the way he can make those people and places come alive, then you will probably like Joyland. If you are only interested in blood and guts and scary horror, you might not like Joyland at all.

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    LoriBee Northern California 10-11-13
    LoriBee Northern California 10-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator Made This Story!"

    I thought this story was narrated beautifully. Michael Kelly did an awesome job with the characters and made the story more compelling than it might have been had I been reading it instead.

    Love the characters in this book--one of King's talents--and the carnival setting made for a fun read. This one won't leave you shaking in your boots like The Shining, but it's got enough of the classic King chill to keep loyal fans happy.

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 10-10-13
    Mark Toney, AL United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Certainly not a thriller"

    I rely heavily on customer reviews when using my credits and when I saw this Stephen King offering with such stellar reviews I figured it was a can't miss selection. The story is decent, borderline mediocre. Really this one is closer to the short stories King has done like "the body", which they used for the Movie "Stand By Me". I think if you are looking for a thriller you will be sadly disappointed. Big name authors sometimes get a pass on the reviews and I think that is the case here. I am a big Stephen King fan, loved 11-22-63, but this one was almost boring. Narration was average. The primary storyline is simply about a young man coming of age. A subplot about a serial killer makes up a very small portion of the book and ties to a ghost make up an even smaller and almost unrelated aspect of the story.

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    Jonathan 10-01-13
    Jonathan 10-01-13
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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes, the story was great and the reading was spot on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    I loved when you began to learn the language of Carnies.


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

    The protagonist


    Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

    I really liked the in keeper. She plays a small part but I liked her humor and way of speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    You should listen to this book. Well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Riley Bellevue, NE 10-01-13
    Riley Bellevue, NE 10-01-13

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    "Not much joy found in Joyland"

    Although the writing is good, as are all SK books, the story fails to entertain. First off, by reading what the book was about, I expected a good mystery. However, more than three quarters of the book is about a kid skipping a year of college to work at Joyland amusement park. The story of the friends he meets and the different duties he preforms, blah-blah-blah-boring. The mystery, if you can call it that, happens in the last hour and a half of the book. I'm just thankful it wasn't another one of SK's 1000 page books. At least time management was acceptable.

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    katharine COLUMBIA, SC, United States 09-29-13
    katharine COLUMBIA, SC, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "You are in trouble Stephen King!"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes, The story is the classic who done it with thrills and you can't figure it out until the end.


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    ODD Thomas books


    Which scene was your favorite?

    at the park all of them


    If you could take any character from Joyland out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    the main guy!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NMS 09-29-13
    NMS 09-29-13

    NMS

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    "Excellent performance."
    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Always.


    Any additional comments?

    A milder Stephen King, it was a nice story made better by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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