"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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This and his JFK one are two of the best bits of writing he's ever done. Absolutely gripping, and well performed. Arguably one of the best readings of any Stephen King book yet, awesome actor.
Joyland is wonderfully nostalgic with just a touch of creepiness and foreboding throughout. It felt like a shorter version of Stand by Me meets It.
I thought at first I would give this one a pass, but behold, I loved it. The pains of growing up all the awkwardness, all those feelings come rushing in, relating with characters. I didnt know where this book was going to go, but was pleasantly surprised at the end... I could have read more...
Thought the narration was spot on being from North Carolina. I really enjoyed MK's performance. Especially the scrabble pro Tina at Mrs. S' boarding house.
Dev Jones definitely. He was selfless and deep thinking character.
He was a joy to listen to I would buy an audiobook just because he narrated it. Unfortunately this is the only one I can find narrated by him.
If time permitted I would have.
Please give us more narration by Michael Kelly!!
Behind this audiobook's lurid cover art you will find a great story, interesting characters and, above all, heart. I am and have been a huge Stephen King fan since 1976, when someone slipped me a paperback entitled Carrie.
This book has guys and girls in and out of relationships, colorful locals, a wistful setting on the beach, the music of the 70s, a serial killer, the ghost of a murdered girl and -- of course -- a loyal dog or two. The narrator, Michael Kelly, is very good at creating the broad range of characters and accents, as well as conveying the depth of emotion in this story.
A "must listen" if you are a 'boomer who remembers the 70s as a sweet, tempestuous roller coaster of a decade that dumped you out into 1980 full of thoughts and feelings you never knew you had. An excellent listen no matter who you are.
Took a little while to get going but did it ever. Stephen King is a genius, a phenom. Great book and expertly done. I wish I had a slimmer of his talent.
Awesome story line
Glad I chose it. I found it to be more of a mystery than horror but still an excellent choice. I would highly recommend it. Narration was fantastic
Loved Joyland! Great summer fun read.
Plot was rivoting. Foreshadowing
The Summer of Growing Up
I can't believe a Stephen King book made me tear up.
I enjoy Stephen King. He is a different kind of writer. Some stories scare the crap out of me and others I just don't get. Some of them have a deeper meaning and some leave me just wondering. I will always true another book from Stephen King because I never know where I am going to end up emotionally at the end.
Has to be the kid. Love the kid.
For some reason...a lot of his books just don't adapt well to movies. The book is always better. So if the movie was good...you know that book will knock your socks off. I would play it by ear if I went and saw it.
King does a wonderful job of bringing each character to life. I felt like I was in the story. Michael Kelly does a great job of narration. The descriptions of the characters and their surroundings were so vivid. King proves again what an excellent writer he is.
If you like a lot of what Stephen King has written recently like Lisey's Story or Duma Key, you will love Joyland.
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