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Joyland | [Stephen King]

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.
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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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    Cal vancouver, BC, Canada 07-04-13
    Cal vancouver, BC, Canada 07-04-13
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    "One of Stephen King's best."
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.

    Loved it!


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    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 07-04-13
    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept me going...."

    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...

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    Jodi Sosna 07-03-13
    Jodi Sosna 07-03-13
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    "Michael Kelly made this story great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dev Jones definitely. He was selfless and deep thinking character.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If time permitted I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us more narration by Michael Kelly!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Indiantown, FL, United States 07-03-13
    Robin Indiantown, FL, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Engaging and entertaining"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard CATONSVILLE, MD, United States 07-02-13
    Richard CATONSVILLE, MD, United States 07-02-13
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    "One of his best!"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    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.


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    Rafael Savannah, GA, United States 07-02-13
    Rafael Savannah, GA, United States 07-02-13
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    "Awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    Awesome story line


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    William Oxford, MI, United States 07-02-13
    William Oxford, MI, United States 07-02-13
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    "No disappointments here!"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved Joyland! Great summer fun read.


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

    Plot was rivoting. Foreshadowing


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

    Devin


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

    The Summer of Growing Up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jewelie Indianapolis, in, United States 07-02-13
    Jewelie Indianapolis, in, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what you expect"
    What did you like best about Joyland? What did you like least?

    I can't believe a Stephen King book made me tear up.


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

    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.


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

    Has to be the kid. Love the kid.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


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    debbie seguin, TX, United States 07-02-13
    debbie seguin, TX, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stephen King at his best!"

    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.

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    Kent Polk City, IA, United States 07-02-13
    Kent Polk City, IA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Stephen King read..."

    If you like a lot of what Stephen King has written recently like Lisey's Story or Duma Key, you will love Joyland.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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