We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Joyland Audiobook

Joyland

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.
Regular Price:$20.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (4485 )
5 star
 (2272)
4 star
 (1563)
3 star
 (514)
2 star
 (92)
1 star
 (44)
Overall
4.3 (4117 )
5 star
 (2083)
4 star
 (1372)
3 star
 (508)
2 star
 (110)
1 star
 (44)
Story
4.5 (4118 )
5 star
 (2489)
4 star
 (1233)
3 star
 (319)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (28)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Samantha Ferndale, MI, United States 08-15-13
    Samantha Ferndale, MI, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2016

    A frequent listener with a taste for a little of everything.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent storytelling, as usual"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer 08-14-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Politics really?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    The left wing politics in the last chapter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the apartment.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Leave the politics out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Angela Lymburner 08-13-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Listened to the entire book in one day."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

    The likability of the main character (Dev)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge King fan. However I cant say I love all of his work. But I do love this piece.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kings descriptive ability's " shine " in this tale (no pun intended)


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

    The narrator did an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    A refreshingly sweet ghost story. Loved every minuet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    45
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    303
    65
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A walk in the Amusement Park"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KSHC Riverview, FL 08-08-13
    KSHC Riverview, FL 08-08-13

    KSHC

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Stephen King, a romantic?"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, creative, relaxing


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bibiana Clifton Park, NY, United States 08-08-13
    Bibiana Clifton Park, NY, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Almost Flawless"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Nostalgic, touching, engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Annie being presented with the roses


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

    The kite flying moment that allowed Mike to really fly


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elaine Draper, UT, United States 08-08-13
    Elaine Draper, UT, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2008
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This is not a Steven King book"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Michael Kelly?

    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.


    Has Joyland turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kelly’s performances?

    Yes but not one written by Steven King, he used to be the best what happened?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boring


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back from this book it was that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 08-05-13
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013

    book spirit

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story by a great storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    Michael Kelly was very easy to listen to. The style kept me listening.


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    The tone reminds me of Hearts in Atlantis or Stand By Me.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    A Difficult Right of Passage


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alice 08-04-13
    Alice 08-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Another Audible Addict

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    62
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Over too soon"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    48
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good even if not a King fan."
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes. Excellent, low key narration perfect for this story. Good story. King can develop a character in 2 pages better than Dan Brown can in 200.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Could not say without it being a "spoiler".


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

    He allowed me to enjoy the book audibly in the same manner as if I were reading the printed page. He did not turn it into a audible equivalent of some kind of frantic stage play. A bit too much emphasis on loud exclamations at 2 points, otherwise flawless.


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

    You must be this ... tall to ride this ride.


    Any additional comments?

    King should do more in this genre. Such an underrated author in terms of his true skills at prose and character development over and above the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.