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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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    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.

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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!


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    Brett United States 08-23-13
    Brett United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "King steps out of his element with a great mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I already have.
    I have many friends that enjoy Stephen King's work and this is one of the best stories he has written in a while. I have read many of King's stories and I have noticed a few common formulas that he uses in many of them. However, this story does not follow that formula. He has broken out of the mold and created a fantastic mystery novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've never been much for picking one favorite character. A good story should not be supported by merely one character.
    As with many of King's stories, the characters are well developed and you find yourself connecting with them as if you have known them your whole life.
    The relationship between the sick boy and his mother is touching. The mother's interaction with her dying son makes me think of my own mother and how she might behave in the same circumstance. She is the classic protective mother that would fight to her death to protect her son. She tries to remain strong, to hide her emotions, to pretend that life is normal and good. However, her son knows the truth and proves to be even stronger than his mother.


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

    That was the first time I have heard a story read by Michael Kelly. He did a good job but his inability to alter his voice very well for the different characters, was a little off-putting for me.


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

    I was particularly moved by the boy's efforts to be strong for his mother when she could not. Even though the boy was the one who was sick, he looked after his mother as if it were her that were battling death.
    This story combines love, mystery, human kindness, and a reminder of how fragile life really is.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is not just another Stephen King horror story. This book is good for anyone looking for suspense, drama, mystery, or just a feel-good story about humanity and our love for one another.

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    J. S. Elliott 08-21-13
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    "Michael Kelly is Wonderful"
    What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator had accents down pat. As a native of North Carolina, I can tell you most people in show business don't know how to do a Southern accent, much less a North Carolina one. Mr. Kelly was wonderful and never interrupted my suspension of disbelief.He also didn't make the females in the book sound like high-pitched, simpering fools. I was never once distracted by the voice instead of the story.


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    dmitry Downingtown, pa, United States 08-20-13
    dmitry Downingtown, pa, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Steven King is amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I think it has everything. Suspense, romance, story and surprising ending!


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

    Michael Kelly is great. You feel like you know the characters so well. A specially Tarot cart reader. He sounds like you would imaging her. With a thick accent.


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

    I like the main character but girl in the Green dress sounds really nice!


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book to everyone over 13 of course. Great book. Steven King bring a lot in every story. How different they are. Imaging story like "Shinning", "Signs" or "Shaw Shank redemption". How can you write such a variety and different story's.

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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 08-19-13
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 08-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    Two stars because I like how rich the carny language was researched. Otherwise this "mystery" was not even Scooby-Do quality.

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    william RAMSEY, NJ, United States 08-19-13
    william RAMSEY, NJ, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Enjoyable Story"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was. From start to end I was hooked on the story and the characters.

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