"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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The last few King novels have been some of his best work and Joyland is no exception to this trend. I hung in there with Duma Key but couldn't make it through Lisey's Story and then came Under the Dome and 11/23/63 and suddenly Stephen is back!! A coming of age story with bittersweet nostalgic remembrances of what might have been all rolled into a world that is fascinating and a little unsettling and scary. Memorable characters, interesting looks at growing up, first heart break, first summer job, getting old and looking back. Good read!
A frequent listener with a taste for a little of everything.
Ever wonder what the boy from Stand By Me would have been like as a college age kid? This feels very much like that. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. A very human story with a slight supernatural twist. Loved it!
Not now. It is a great story til the last chapter where Mr King decides to throw liberal politics into the mix. Really? I can read the Internet if I want politics. I want a good story from Mr. King. The reading was great.
The left wing politics in the last chapter.
At the apartment.
Leave the politics out.
The likability of the main character (Dev)
I am a huge King fan. However I cant say I love all of his work. But I do love this piece.
Kings descriptive ability's " shine " in this tale (no pun intended)
The narrator did an excellent job.
A refreshingly sweet ghost story. Loved every minuet.
Tell us about yourself!
A good read - but certainly not one of King's finest. Books like 11-22-63 make it hard to meet expectations I guess.
The book is a quick read. keeps your attention and definitely worth the credit.
Enjoyable, creative, relaxing
Maybe because I'm more of an offbeat personality, I found this story very romantic. The affection most characters have for one another and for Joyland was touching without being sappy. This book was pure escapism, perfect for my weekly 4-hour roundtrip drive to another city. It doesn't require intense listening to be able to keep up but was never boring. The length was perfect for the story being told. Well done, Mr. King.
Nostalgic, touching, engaging
Stephen King is excellent at moving his stories backward and forward in time. Great reflection of how memories of events flow with no regard to the calendar
Annie being presented with the roses
The kite flying moment that allowed Mike to really fly
The performance would have been perfect - great timing, right amount of wistfulness, etc. - if only the narrator would have pronounced "didn't" and "couldn't" correctly. He forgot the second "d" and said, "dinnint" and "counnit". I really tried to shrug it off but it kept coming back to bother me.
If this book was written by Steven King then he has lost his talent or it was written by someone else and he put his name on it, worse book I have listened to, it was so boring with no suspense at all. My daughter and I listened to it while traveling and we could not believe how boring it was.
No I will probably not ever buy a book by Steven King again I was so disappointed. The book just went on and on with no plot no suspense nothing.
Yes but not one written by Steven King, he used to be the best what happened?
I want my money back from this book it was that bad.
Michael Kelly was very easy to listen to. The style kept me listening.
The tone reminds me of Hearts in Atlantis or Stand By Me.
He has a few speech patterns that are off, but for me it just makes him seem like he is the author of the story.
A Difficult Right of Passage
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the reader. When it comes to audio books the reader is as important as the writer. This one is a winner on both counts.
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Sweet and touching story, poetic descriptions in a fun
venue. I loved Michael Kelly's strong but silky voice . Stephen King doesn't disappoint, but like a just a spoonful of some decadent creamy dessert it left me wanting more, with maybe a few more layers? I try not to read stories less than 10 hours, because when they are good like this one, I tend to feel cheated.
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