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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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    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 07-08-13
    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 07-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow!"

    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.

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    melanie 07-07-13
    melanie 07-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Love to read and listen to audiobooks! Want books/audios to take me away into the story.

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    "Too many future events leaked before happen ..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did Michael Kelly do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He speaks way to slow, almost like he's half asleep. Not enough enthusiasm where it's needed, just my opinion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    Robert Laconia, NH, USA 07-06-13
    Robert Laconia, NH, USA 07-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Story Bad Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 07-05-13
    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not much Joy"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Michael Kelly?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kelly?

    Kelly worked fine.


    Do you think Joyland needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Its not a "follow-up" type of story. What it needs is more material.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    mary 07-05-13
    mary 07-05-13
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    "Loved, loved, loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a quick read, but such a good one! I love Stephen King's mix of mystery and wit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    I think it was when Tom saw the ghost in the Horror House.


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

    His narration was excellent! He sounds exactly like I would expect this character to sound. He brought all of the characters to life wonderfully.


    If you could take any character from Joyland out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think it would be Mike. He's one incredible little boy.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King never disappoints me. Great summer reading!

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    A. Cohen 07-05-13
    A. Cohen 07-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "It's all heart and a yard wide"

    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.



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    Lynda Stromsburg, NE, United States 07-05-13
    Lynda Stromsburg, NE, United States 07-05-13
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    "very good"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    The story, Kings style pulls you in with typical scenarios from everyday life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were good, a few hinky dye dye.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was excellent, clear, and I cried a few times because it was convincing.


    Any additional comments?

    Kings Story without hardly any scary or gory stuff. A good story especially if you have or just had a carnival in town.

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    Cal vancouver, BC, Canada 07-04-13
    Cal vancouver, BC, Canada 07-04-13
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    "One of Stephen King's best."
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.

    Loved it!


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    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 07-04-13
    debra BEL AIR, MD, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept me going...."

    I thought at first I would give this one a pass, but behold, I loved it. The pains of growing up all the awkwardness, all those feelings come rushing in, relating with characters. I didnt know where this book was going to go, but was pleasantly surprised at the end... I could have read more...

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    Jodi Sosna 07-03-13
    Jodi Sosna 07-03-13
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    "Michael Kelly made this story great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

    Thought the narration was spot on being from North Carolina. I really enjoyed MK's performance. Especially the scrabble pro Tina at Mrs. S' boarding house.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dev Jones definitely. He was selfless and deep thinking character.


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

    He was a joy to listen to I would buy an audiobook just because he narrated it. Unfortunately this is the only one I can find narrated by him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If time permitted I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us more narration by Michael Kelly!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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