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Joyland

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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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    J. S. Elliott 08-21-13
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    "Michael Kelly is Wonderful"
    What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator had accents down pat. As a native of North Carolina, I can tell you most people in show business don't know how to do a Southern accent, much less a North Carolina one. Mr. Kelly was wonderful and never interrupted my suspension of disbelief.He also didn't make the females in the book sound like high-pitched, simpering fools. I was never once distracted by the voice instead of the story.


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    dmitry Downingtown, pa, United States 08-20-13
    dmitry Downingtown, pa, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Steven King is amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I think it has everything. Suspense, romance, story and surprising ending!


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

    Michael Kelly is great. You feel like you know the characters so well. A specially Tarot cart reader. He sounds like you would imaging her. With a thick accent.


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

    I like the main character but girl in the Green dress sounds really nice!


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book to everyone over 13 of course. Great book. Steven King bring a lot in every story. How different they are. Imaging story like "Shinning", "Signs" or "Shaw Shank redemption". How can you write such a variety and different story's.

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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 08-19-13
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 08-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Yawn...The end"
    Any additional comments?

    Two stars because I like how rich the carny language was researched. Otherwise this "mystery" was not even Scooby-Do quality.

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    william RAMSEY, NJ, United States 08-19-13
    william RAMSEY, NJ, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Enjoyable Story"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was. From start to end I was hooked on the story and the characters.

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    CR MIAMI, FL, United States 08-18-13
    CR MIAMI, FL, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never takes off. Stupid Ending. Disappointed."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Psychological motivation, psychological accuracy are important to me in a crime novel. This one is a joke. When it became apparent who did it I had to rewind to make sure I heard correctly. Seriously???? Him???? It didnt fit the profile of the serial killer depicted in the novel. It made no sense and was a huge disappointment. A guy standing on the corner would have made as much sense. Its like Stephen King had an hour to finish the novel and grabbed the first person he could think of to pin all the murders on. What a waste. Cant believe people thought this warranted 5 stars. I will think twice before I take these reviews seriously. I feel like I wasted 7 hours of my time.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spend less time on old girlfriend and coming of age crap and instead focus more on developing plot and characters to make it more interesting. Should have been spookier.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He was great


    Did Joyland inspire you to do anything?

    write this crappy review


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    Sandee White Cloud, MI, United States 08-18-13
    Sandee White Cloud, MI, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.

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    "Great Story Great Narrator!!"

    I admit I will always buy Stephen King. This book is just another reason why. Since I picked-up my first King, Salems Lot I have been hooked. These characters again pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I thought the narration was perfect. Thank you Mr. King

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    Shanene Miami, FL, United States 08-17-13
    Shanene Miami, FL, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I Love mystery books, especially Agatha Christie, and Sue Grafton. I also love Anne Rice.

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    "Stephen King Does It Again!"

    This is not a terribly scary book at all. Just more like a mystery thriller. Mixed with a very realistic sad story or two along the way as seen thru a college students eyes. I found it intriguing without being omg scary. And I found myself trying to figure out if I could guess who the killer was. I was wrong. The narrator does an excellent job.

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    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 08-16-13
    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful narration and a very solid story"

    Hope to hear more form this narrator, his voice was smooth and easy to listen to. Mr. King wrote a very solid story that brought the characters to life and gave them great depth.

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    Janice 08-15-13
    Janice 08-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "And the hits keep on coming...."
    Any additional comments?

    The last few King novels have been some of his best work and Joyland is no exception to this trend. I hung in there with Duma Key but couldn't make it through Lisey's Story and then came Under the Dome and 11/23/63 and suddenly Stephen is back!! A coming of age story with bittersweet nostalgic remembrances of what might have been all rolled into a world that is fascinating and a little unsettling and scary. Memorable characters, interesting looks at growing up, first heart break, first summer job, getting old and looking back. Good read!

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    Samantha Ferndale, MI, United States 08-15-13
    Samantha Ferndale, MI, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2016

    A frequent listener with a taste for a little of everything.

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    "Excellent storytelling, as usual"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Ever wonder what the boy from Stand By Me would have been like as a college age kid? This feels very much like that. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. A very human story with a slight supernatural twist. Loved it!


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