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Joyland | [Stephen King]

Joyland

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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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2013 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Bob Kenner, LA, United States 06-26-13
    Bob Kenner, LA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "King must have retired before he wrote this book."

    The story was somewhat interesting but not up to Stephen King's normal work. I was particularly pissed about King's inappropriate and dumb comment concerning Dick Cheney ... a true patriot ... unlike King. It didn't fit in the story at alI except to show Kings true colors. I normally don't read books by extreme liberals and will now add Stephen King to my NO READ LIST.

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    Beverly Jensen sebastopol, CA, United States 06-18-13
    Beverly Jensen sebastopol, CA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great if you are 5 years old"

    Is this the same Steven King? This book would be good for a 5 year old (minus a few scenes) I don't care if he has toned things down but this is dull!! Michael Kelly is just as bad

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    GW USA 06-15-13
    GW USA 06-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "Another winner for Mr. King"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the dialogue in this book. In my opinion, Stephen King always manages to catch the proper tone of the characters when he gives them voice. I loved the observations made by the lead character who is also the one telling us the story. His thoughts on his life, the lives of others and the events unfolding were fascinating and very in character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that in this story, you get three different tales that all join together at a certain time in the main character's life. You get a mystery, a bit of King's old school horror, and some true-to-life romance. The characters are all flawed but all interesting. They blend together well but as you read, you know that this group is held together more by the location and shared experiences rather personality. This is the story of a young man in the 21st year of his life and the dialogue sings. As always with King, the pop culture references of the time are perfect!


    What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first, I didn't think I was going to enjoy Mr. Kelly's style, but after about twenty minutes, I realized that he was the perfect voice for the lead character. He sounded exactly like a 21 year old male at a pivotal time in his life. His reading style was understated but after a few minutes, he became Devon, the lead character in the story, for me. He also captured the other characters as the story progressed. I would gladly listen to him read again. He sort of slipped into the story and surprised me. I liked that.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    'A Dog's Life', maybe?


    Any additional comments?

    Over the past few years, some of Stephen King's books have failed to hit the mark for me, but this one and 11/22/63 have brought me back into his world. I was a huge fan of his early works and I am once again, a huge fan. This book is magic and when he is in top form, Stephen King brings the magic.

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    stacey b Madison, WI 06-15-13
    stacey b Madison, WI 06-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The narrator was Devin Jones!"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    The narrator really was Dev for me, and there was enough variation for the other characters as well to help me know who was speaking.


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    The Body...or better known as Stand by Me also by Stephen King. A coming of age story of friendship, with a creepy twist. This novel is also told by the narrator as an adult, recalling the summer he spent with his friends, finding out something about themselves while on a quest to face their fears.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    Definitely the main character, Dev. Lane Hardy was a close second for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry while driving in to work. The relationships of these characters was so authentic for me. I also laughed as Dev was such a thoughtful boy, but also very typical for a twenty-one year old. king always has sprinkles of sardonic humor to keep things light.


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions in the book allowed me to truly imagine Joyland, that old fashioned carnival by the sea. I could hear the calliope and taste the sugary cotton candy and pup dogs! What a fun and nostalgic listen.

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    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 06-15-13
    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Perfect Summer Read"

    Joyland is not the hard-boiled thriller that the (beautiful) cover suggests, but rather a character-driven yarn, more comparable to Bag of Bones or Hearts of Atlantis. I listened to it compulsively, and yes, completed it by the pool at the beach. Michael Kelly subtle narration is perfectly in-character and right for the book.

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    Catherine Harrison Nashville, TN USA 06-15-13
    Catherine Harrison Nashville, TN USA 06-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved it!"

    If you are a Constant Reader I feel safe in recommending that you will not be sorry for spending the credit. I only read on my Nook or Nexus 7 so didn't want to buy the paperback. They just don't appeal to me anymore since I went digital in 2010. They are annoying to me to hold. :-)

    So I was excited to see there was an audio version available. It was well read and I enjoyed the story. I like his story telling even when it's not horror. I am fine with that actually. I was not disappointed at all. Yeah, the "crime" was a bit of a side line, but still there. The character sketches were what you expect in a King book. Awesome. :-)

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