"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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Pure Stephen King! Through all of his books his strongest element has always been his character development and this is no exception. Nothing better than a book that you feel like you've known the main characters for years. Even better when you get that feeling even in a book this short. The amount of research he pours into every novel never ceases to amaze me. You would think he worked in an amusement park for years, the way he describes the business with such detail.
All in all, this is not your typical horror story from Stephen King, but he seems to be getting away from those lately anyway. This might send a shiver or two up your spine, but it only adds to the fact that you won't want to stop listening!
Yes. I already have.
I have many friends that enjoy Stephen King's work and this is one of the best stories he has written in a while. I have read many of King's stories and I have noticed a few common formulas that he uses in many of them. However, this story does not follow that formula. He has broken out of the mold and created a fantastic mystery novel.
I've never been much for picking one favorite character. A good story should not be supported by merely one character.
As with many of King's stories, the characters are well developed and you find yourself connecting with them as if you have known them your whole life.
The relationship between the sick boy and his mother is touching. The mother's interaction with her dying son makes me think of my own mother and how she might behave in the same circumstance. She is the classic protective mother that would fight to her death to protect her son. She tries to remain strong, to hide her emotions, to pretend that life is normal and good. However, her son knows the truth and proves to be even stronger than his mother.
That was the first time I have heard a story read by Michael Kelly. He did a good job but his inability to alter his voice very well for the different characters, was a little off-putting for me.
I was particularly moved by the boy's efforts to be strong for his mother when she could not. Even though the boy was the one who was sick, he looked after his mother as if it were her that were battling death.
This story combines love, mystery, human kindness, and a reminder of how fragile life really is.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is not just another Stephen King horror story. This book is good for anyone looking for suspense, drama, mystery, or just a feel-good story about humanity and our love for one another.
The narrator had accents down pat. As a native of North Carolina, I can tell you most people in show business don't know how to do a Southern accent, much less a North Carolina one. Mr. Kelly was wonderful and never interrupted my suspension of disbelief.He also didn't make the females in the book sound like high-pitched, simpering fools. I was never once distracted by the voice instead of the story.
Yes, I would. I think it has everything. Suspense, romance, story and surprising ending!
Michael Kelly is great. You feel like you know the characters so well. A specially Tarot cart reader. He sounds like you would imaging her. With a thick accent.
I like the main character but girl in the Green dress sounds really nice!
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone over 13 of course. Great book. Steven King bring a lot in every story. How different they are. Imaging story like "Shinning", "Signs" or "Shaw Shank redemption". How can you write such a variety and different story's.
Two stars because I like how rich the carny language was researched. Otherwise this "mystery" was not even Scooby-Do quality.
I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was. From start to end I was hooked on the story and the characters.
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.
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Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.
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.
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