"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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This was a fun and somewhat creepy listen. The amusement park setting was wonderful, including the characters and carny jargon. Small travelling amusements parks were a part of my childhood summer adventures. Setting the story in the 70's triggered another nostalgic button. Launching this book in the summer was great marketing. More of a coming-of-age book wrapped in a mystery. A great listen while travelling to and from our summer cottage. Too bad it was so short.
Sure - I am a huge Stephen King fan and although I felt this fell short of his normal perfection, it was still an enjoyable listen to this summer.
Although the end was somewhat predictable, still had a bit of a twist.
I couldn't stop listening and when it ended I wanted more. It wasn't what I expected but boy was it worth the credit, an awesome story. Thank you Stephen King for an enjoyable book - I am going to tell everyone to get this book.
Love to read and listen to audiobooks! Want books/audios to take me away into the story.
Story was slow. You feel the book will move along lines of the murder, yet it doesn't even get there until almost the end. If you like a lot of character development instead of story .. you'll like this one. Also, do not like at all, how King gives away future 'happenings' over and over - just slips them in the narrative. It ruins the story for me.
He speaks way to slow, almost like he's half asleep. Not enough enthusiasm where it's needed, just my opinion.
Such an interesting topic...King...and then the narrator...mumbling, fumbling supposed to be a sixty year looking back but sounding like a 25 year old. Half way through I quit.
Stephen King, yes. Michael Kelly, depends on the book. Kelly only worked in this one because he sounds young, and the main character is young.
Yes. I've read and listened to a lot King books, and most of the time he delivers. If it's not one of his more recognized efforts, then chances are it's just so so. Joyland fits into the so so category.
Kelly worked fine.
No. Its not a "follow-up" type of story. What it needs is more material.
This story had true potential, but fell way short of what it could have been. I wanted to read more about the mystery at the park instead of the young man who comes of age. The setting was great, and I though King would dive in a mix things up, but it was an opportunity lost. The result was a bland story.
When the book ended it didn't leave me wanting more, or feeling a connection with the characters...it was just over, and I kind of wanted my money back.
Yes. It's a quick read, but such a good one! I love Stephen King's mix of mystery and wit.
I think it was when Tom saw the ghost in the Horror House.
His narration was excellent! He sounds exactly like I would expect this character to sound. He brought all of the characters to life wonderfully.
I think it would be Mike. He's one incredible little boy.
Stephen King never disappoints me. Great summer reading!
First, let's dispense with the obvious: Stephen King is an incomparable writer and a master storyteller.
This is one of the best books I've read/heard in a very long time.
The elements of suspense and the supernatural are there as expected in a King novel. But while they provide a framework for the story, they are *not* what this book is about.
This novel is, at its core, a coming-of-age story; a story about life's transitions with all their attendant sweetness and pain. We get to experience life's pain and the sweetness through a group of lovable characters, one of whom is an amusement park called Joyland.
I finished the book in awe of King's writing and I give it my highest recommendation.
Michael Kelly brought the book to life with a heartfelt and nuanced performance. I look forward to hearing him again.
I can't say enough good about this audio-book. The one downside? The book I started after Joyland cannot live up to King's writing or Kelley's performance. Its flaws are grossly magnified by the unfair juxtaposition.
The story, Kings style pulls you in with typical scenarios from everyday life.
All the characters were good, a few hinky dye dye.
The performance was excellent, clear, and I cried a few times because it was convincing.
Kings Story without hardly any scary or gory stuff. A good story especially if you have or just had a carnival in town.
This and his JFK one are two of the best bits of writing he's ever done. Absolutely gripping, and well performed. Arguably one of the best readings of any Stephen King book yet, awesome actor.
Joyland is wonderfully nostalgic with just a touch of creepiness and foreboding throughout. It felt like a shorter version of Stand by Me meets It.
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