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