"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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The story wasn't good enough for a four or five, but the reader's performance made the book worse.
The reader seemed unable to make each word clear and distinct. At least he should have slowed down.
Say something about yourself!
Stephen is the King, no matter what, but this book is among his least convincing: too many characters and half-plots pivot around the main story, that is unfortunately a very weak one.
Let's put it this way: if "Stand by me" scores 100 on your list, "Joyland" will hardly hit the 30 mark.
Yes, it did.
Indeed it inspired me to pre-order "Doctor Sleep": can SK miss two shots in a row?
I love you, Stephen King! Thank you for all the company, the shivers, the laughs...
Á good story but different from the some older once from King.
The live in Joyland is interesting and exiting. Nothing was not interesting, just a little bit less. Young people finding place in on this earth and exploring murder and afterlife.
No, I had not so I cannot compare him but he is good and pleasant to listen to.
I dont know, never thought of that.
The quality of a narrator will make or break an audio book for me.
This is a great book.
And Michael Kelly is a great narrator.
I felt like I Devin was really talking to me - it was a riveting book and I heard it all in only a few listens.
Very enjoyable story. It wasn't scary, as Stephen King typically writes, with the exception of 11/22/63. But still a great story. Great characters.
Wearing the fur;)
I would say,he did a wonderful job, I believed it was his story.
When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.
No, I rarely listen to/read books a second time, usually by accident!
I liked this better than the 11/23/63 Stephen King book, which I also really enjoyed. I had been turned off Stephen King for a decade or so, but I really liked these books.
Dev, the joy conveyed from of interacting with the children, was very touching
This was a really great story. It's a cold-case murder mystery and a coming-of-age story rolled into one. I was engaged and interested the entire time; there was not one moment of boredom. The setting was absolutely perfect - one of the best aspects of the story, actually. The characters were human and imperfect and very believable. I really really enjoyed this. The story was great, and I found myself able to relate to it, even though I have never worked in an amusement park.
At first, I thought that Michael Kelly's narration sounded a little young for a man in his 60's, but then when the story shifted to the past and the main character was only 21 years old, he sounded perfect.
This was a home run, as far as I'm concerned.
If people buy this book for typical King horror and shock they're going to be disappointed. It's a beautifully written story about youthful angst, first loves, and a crippled boy who will steal your heart as he changes everyone's lives around him. And okay, just a little murder mystery in a very quirky amusement park thrown in to keep you guessing. Loved it.
Yes I would listen to the story again. The reader has a very pleasing voice who helps bring the story alive.
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.
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