"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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Yes. Excellent, low key narration perfect for this story. Good story. King can develop a character in 2 pages better than Dan Brown can in 200.
Could not say without it being a "spoiler".
He allowed me to enjoy the book audibly in the same manner as if I were reading the printed page. He did not turn it into a audible equivalent of some kind of frantic stage play. A bit too much emphasis on loud exclamations at 2 points, otherwise flawless.
You must be this ... tall to ride this ride.
King should do more in this genre. Such an underrated author in terms of his true skills at prose and character development over and above the story.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I thinkwe can all relate to the main character who is in love with a person who does not feel the same. There is very little suppernatural about his book but I believe it is one of Mr. King's best novels (I have read/heard every novel he has written). I brought it everywhere I went and was sad that it was over.
I liked the young boy and his candor about his situation. The extra site was also fun to find what insites he may have.
I liked the owner of the park. It was interesting to hear the extra language of Carney people and terms that they use.
the summer I grew up
Worth your credit. I really like this story. I haven't finished yet. I listen back and forth to work and just have'nt got to the end.. but I really like the way it is written. No matter how this ends it is a good story
I'm a more recent Stephen King convert. The first King novel I read was Under the Dome, and then fell in love with his writing in 11-22-63. I recently read The Stand for the first time, and am now hooked. So when I saw that he put out a new novel I didn't even read the summary I just hit the buy button.
Joyland is far different then the other three Stephen King novels I read previously. The most obvious difference is the length, Joyland dwarfs in comparison. However its brevity is one of its strengths. Joyland is an extremely engaging tale of a young man trying to find his way in the world after his first big break-up. What ensues is a summer working at a theme park. I finished Joyland in two days and although it doesn't have the lasting impact of the previous novels I have read its still an extremely entertaining and enjoyable summer read.
Oh and Michael Kelly does a fantastic job reading this novel. I really hope he reads more of King's and others work in the future. Has sort of a Matthew McConaughey rasp to his voice that was great to listen to.
I liked the book (4 stars). I also liked Michael Kelly's narration, but the constant changes in volume drove me nuts, especially while listening in the car. If I set it loud enough to hear the quiet passages, and there were a lot of them, the louder passages were WAY too loud. So I gave the narration 2 stars, even though Michael Kelly deserved better.
This is not the only audible book like this. I don't know why they don't fix this in the studio with a little compression. It's a simple fix to an all too common problem.
Who else could make me care about a guy working at an amusement park? No one. I was hooked from the beginning.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a good short listen. The narrator was ok. Most of his voices were very similar. The book itself showed the lighter side of King. I enjoy his scary or supernatural books the best. It is worth the listen. His characters are always good and bring you into the book. The ending could have had a little more closure. I did laugh and cry at different times in the book,. If you are a SK fan you will enjoy it
A beautiful read.
The end was amazing. Miko at Joyland was cool.
Yes, couldn't wait for what was next. Over TOOOOOOO soon.
Brought me back to King.
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