"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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I liked the book (4 stars). I also liked Michael Kelly's narration, but the constant changes in volume drove me nuts, especially while listening in the car. If I set it loud enough to hear the quiet passages, and there were a lot of them, the louder passages were WAY too loud. So I gave the narration 2 stars, even though Michael Kelly deserved better.
This is not the only audible book like this. I don't know why they don't fix this in the studio with a little compression. It's a simple fix to an all too common problem.
Who else could make me care about a guy working at an amusement park? No one. I was hooked from the beginning.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a good short listen. The narrator was ok. Most of his voices were very similar. The book itself showed the lighter side of King. I enjoy his scary or supernatural books the best. It is worth the listen. His characters are always good and bring you into the book. The ending could have had a little more closure. I did laugh and cry at different times in the book,. If you are a SK fan you will enjoy it
A beautiful read.
The end was amazing. Miko at Joyland was cool.
Yes, couldn't wait for what was next. Over TOOOOOOO soon.
Brought me back to King.
I loved this new book. It was a fast, fun read with a bit of everything I love about Stephen King...a little mystery, a touch of the supernatural (think The Shining but not so intense), likable characters, a little romance, some sadness and some joy. I liked the narration, with the main character reminiscing about his life and his time at Joyland. The only drawback with the narrator was his voice was that of they young man rather than the older man looking back. But that was only a minor drawback, otherwise well-narrated. Very much enjoyed it.
Stephen King is a master of creating a mood in a story. He is also a master of transporting the reader into another place in time as he did with the outstanding 11/22/63. In Joyland Kink creates the mood and sets the time period well, but the story itself is thin. Joyland isn't a bad book, but there are better choices from this great writer. On a bright note, the performance of Michael Kelly was top notch.
Honestly, I have to admit suffering some disappointment with Kings more recent works, starting with From A Buick 8, I felt he was not in his groove anymore. This story changes my mind. It was excellent, emotional writing from beginning to end. Great characters and great narration. To anyone who felt the same as me about Kings recent works, just to let you know, HE'S BACK!
Grabbed this one because we were looking for something to listen to for a road trip. The reviews were good and we love Mr. King's story telling.
This one did not disappoint.
Although the description paints a picture of death and ghost, it's really a story of the coming of age in the 70s. This story really took me back to my youth. I could almost feel the ocean breeze in my face and hear the sounds of the amusement park.
This does have typical supernatural and murder, but that's not the sole focus of this one.
The narrator also did a fantastic job.
Joyland -the title alone is ambiguous enough to wonder what the King of horror would put behind it. It is a wonderful tale that encompasses so many genres of literature, a little whodunit, a little sultry, some supernatural and a touch sentiment. The characters are so complete in description and the narration by Michael Kelly rounds them out so well that they are like family. You don't have to be in the carny world to say "Oh I know someone just like ...", well, you pick the character to complete that sentence.
The main character is Devin Jones, a young man who is just manly enough for the male readers but soft enough for the females. And that isn't the only balancing act. The plot flips from a let's catch the killer crime novel to a story about his relationship with a cougar Mom and her handicapped child. If this sounds corny it's only because I'm not the writer that Stephen King is.
Its been a while since I've read a Stephen King novel and for what its worth, I've already uploaded another of his more recent works.
Stephen King may have once been the master of horror. Now he's just the master.
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