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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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    CR MIAMI, FL, United States 08-18-13
    CR MIAMI, FL, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never takes off. Stupid Ending. Disappointed."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Psychological motivation, psychological accuracy are important to me in a crime novel. This one is a joke. When it became apparent who did it I had to rewind to make sure I heard correctly. Seriously???? Him???? It didnt fit the profile of the serial killer depicted in the novel. It made no sense and was a huge disappointment. A guy standing on the corner would have made as much sense. Its like Stephen King had an hour to finish the novel and grabbed the first person he could think of to pin all the murders on. What a waste. Cant believe people thought this warranted 5 stars. I will think twice before I take these reviews seriously. I feel like I wasted 7 hours of my time.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spend less time on old girlfriend and coming of age crap and instead focus more on developing plot and characters to make it more interesting. Should have been spookier.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He was great


    Did Joyland inspire you to do anything?

    write this crappy review


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    Sandee White Cloud, MI, United States 08-18-13
    Sandee White Cloud, MI, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.

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    "Great Story Great Narrator!!"

    I admit I will always buy Stephen King. This book is just another reason why. Since I picked-up my first King, Salems Lot I have been hooked. These characters again pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I thought the narration was perfect. Thank you Mr. King

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    Shanene Miami, FL, United States 08-17-13
    Shanene Miami, FL, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I Love mystery books, especially Agatha Christie, and Sue Grafton. I also love Anne Rice.

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    "Stephen King Does It Again!"

    This is not a terribly scary book at all. Just more like a mystery thriller. Mixed with a very realistic sad story or two along the way as seen thru a college students eyes. I found it intriguing without being omg scary. And I found myself trying to figure out if I could guess who the killer was. I was wrong. The narrator does an excellent job.

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    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 08-16-13
    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful narration and a very solid story"

    Hope to hear more form this narrator, his voice was smooth and easy to listen to. Mr. King wrote a very solid story that brought the characters to life and gave them great depth.

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    Janice 08-15-13
    Janice 08-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "And the hits keep on coming...."
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    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.

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    "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!


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    Kindle Customer 08-14-13
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    "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.

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    Angela Lymburner 08-13-13
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    "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.

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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13 Member Since 2016

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    "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.

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    KSHC Riverview, FL 08-08-13
    KSHC Riverview, FL 08-08-13

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    "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.

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