"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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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.
Nostalgic, touching, engaging
Stephen King is excellent at moving his stories backward and forward in time. Great reflection of how memories of events flow with no regard to the calendar
Annie being presented with the roses
The kite flying moment that allowed Mike to really fly
The performance would have been perfect - great timing, right amount of wistfulness, etc. - if only the narrator would have pronounced "didn't" and "couldn't" correctly. He forgot the second "d" and said, "dinnint" and "counnit". I really tried to shrug it off but it kept coming back to bother me.
If this book was written by Steven King then he has lost his talent or it was written by someone else and he put his name on it, worse book I have listened to, it was so boring with no suspense at all. My daughter and I listened to it while traveling and we could not believe how boring it was.
No I will probably not ever buy a book by Steven King again I was so disappointed. The book just went on and on with no plot no suspense nothing.
Yes but not one written by Steven King, he used to be the best what happened?
I want my money back from this book it was that bad.
Michael Kelly was very easy to listen to. The style kept me listening.
The tone reminds me of Hearts in Atlantis or Stand By Me.
He has a few speech patterns that are off, but for me it just makes him seem like he is the author of the story.
A Difficult Right of Passage
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the reader. When it comes to audio books the reader is as important as the writer. This one is a winner on both counts.
Another Audible Addict
Sweet and touching story, poetic descriptions in a fun
venue. I loved Michael Kelly's strong but silky voice . Stephen King doesn't disappoint, but like a just a spoonful of some decadent creamy dessert it left me wanting more, with maybe a few more layers? I try not to read stories less than 10 hours, because when they are good like this one, I tend to feel cheated.
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.
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