"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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Well, if he is, read this book. Certainly not one his best, but it was nice to hear his familiar voice and wry observations.
I enjoyed the narration.
Yes for a short trip by car it might be good. There are a few sexual parts that may make it difficult for young ones but it is not over the top.
I might listen to "Joyland" in a few years. Just like I plan to listen to "It" again. It is easy to place yourself inside both novels. King writes about a time that feels so familiar. I have read a number of his novels and some are the very definition of creepy. This one isn't creepy in the same way that "Salem's Lot" or "Dreamcatcher" were, but it does have an edge, plus I am always game for a ghost or two in any story.
He has a voice that is easy to listen to--there was nothing about it that distracted this listener.
This was a sweet story and kept me listening when I ought not to.
I loved the storyline and the characters. They were wonderfully colorful and likeable. It's a love story interwoven with a mystery wrapped in nostalgia.
Joyland is the usual compelling story by Stephen King.....a great listen enhanced by a superb narration!
I must say that the performance by Michael Kelly made this book for me. So often the narrator isn't believable as the character, but Kelly made Devon Jones step off the pages and into my imagination. He was real. I was also taken aback by how sweet the main character was, the manner in which he was portrayed, I was drawn to him on a personal level. I'm sure this was, in part, because of Kelly's portrayal but I surely enjoyed how caught up I became in this young man's life one summer.
The ending .... I cried, and that surprised me for a Stephen King novel.
He was Devon Jones. His reading seemed so real to me. He made the main character seem genuine, kind, sweet, and sad all at the same time. I really loved his style.
I could not put this down, could not stop listening and was so invested in the main character. I loved it. It was bittersweet.
Lovely story and characters. It's not a nail biter but I was always interested in what was going to happen next. I liked the narrator - he sounded like a normal guy just telling his story.
I love some of King's sayings - "He's three doors down from handsome", etc.
I don't what happened to King, but he seems bitter. He's been injecting his hatred of some politicians into his stories. I can only imagine what it must be like for him in his real life. I wish he would keep his hatred out of his work.
Yes I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The twist at the end was appreciated but not entirely unexpected.
The special visit to the fair
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.
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