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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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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 09-08-13
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 09-08-13 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "King does it again"
    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed Joyland. King has a way of making the place and characters come alive and making you care about them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    Without giving anything away, the end.


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

    Devin Jones. He was so real in voice.


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

    No, but it made my commute so much more pleasant.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Chillicothe, OH, United States 06-26-13
    Tracy Chillicothe, OH, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved, loved, loved!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King is such an amazing storyteller. This story had great characters, a little bit of fun house creep and a great little mystery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I have 2 favorites. Devin Jones, the narrator of our story. I loved hearing about his coming of age during the summer of his 21st year, and the events that changed his life forever. And also, little Mike Ross. This little boy came into the story and captured my heart!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the end was the best part, even though he made me cry.


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

    Probably Mike, he deserves all the fun that he can get out of life.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this latest from King. It was a really good story and the narration was well done. He had different voices for each one, andd I could tell who was speaking. A very enjoyable listen, it was hard for me to put it down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 06-24-13
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "The New King: Character over Terror"

    It is natural to develop and transform throughout the life cycle. "It" was a classic in terror, perhaps unequaled, and much lamented in wanting another. However, King is a master story-teller, perhaps his true core.

    Now his core is telling a story, in "Joyland" that is perhaps one of the richest character development stories of his career. He seems to relish in making every second sentence of personal significance through humor and observation in the context and character of his story (as opposed to George Carlin--gut wrenching humor).

    As others have observed, this is not the same as his "It" novel, (although it is a ghost story), but in its place is a character development, play of romance, coming of age novel in which "it" becomes sex. Is this a loss of story-telling, or a maturation of story-telling? I vote for the later. Enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MIKE MUSTANG, OK, United States 06-21-13
    MIKE MUSTANG, OK, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT SUMMER READ"

    There is nothing about this story and performance that is not fantastic. The style, the story, the mystery were all great.
    A bittersweet story but real.
    I wish he would write all stories like this...I grow tired of haunted houses and hotels that are evil.
    I'm glad I took a chance on the King again.
    Truthfully, it seems like a whole, new writer. IMO it may be his finest work. Nothing was over the top, everything was plausible.
    The narrator has a smooth not in a hurry style. Perfect for Devin and that small corner of the world.
    Bravo!

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    Loren 06-21-13
    Loren 06-21-13
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    "Great Listen!"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fast paced and very enjoyable. One of my favorites in recent memory....Highly recommend!!


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job of capturing the personality of each of the characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-20-13
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED IT!!!"

    This is one of my top 3 Stephen King books. LOVED IT! I had a difficult time putting it down and I even got scared listening to it in my bedroom one night. Great book!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peraverde Weare, NH United States 06-18-13
    Peraverde Weare, NH United States 06-18-13
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    "Wonderful Storytelling!"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is fantastic. The storyline is interesting and enjoyable. In my opinion Stephen King is one of the absolute best at weaving a story and in creating in depth character development.


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

    He did a great job on all of them.


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

    I admit to crying at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT you're typical Stephen King horror story. This is a coming of age story with a sideline murder mystery and a tiny bit of paranormal element tied in. I really enjoyed the story and love a good mystery. One of my favorites by King to date.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly CHALFONT, PA, United States 06-13-13
    Kimberly CHALFONT, PA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT"

    This was one of the best audio books I've heard so far... my only complaint is that it ended too soon!

    Loved the Narrator! Liked him so much that I looked for other audio books he's narrated.

    Made me hate to get out of my car and I have a 1.5 hour commute each way to work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 06-13-13
    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been a Stephen King fan for years and haven't been that thrilled with a lot of his past books. Jpyland is right up there in my favorites


    What did you like best about this story?

    .The way you see Dev grow up, his relationship with Mike


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

    I have never listened to him before, but I certainly would again.


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

    Parts made me laugh and cry. When Mike is talking about his illness I cried


    Any additional comments?

    This reminds me of older Stephen King. I LOVED it!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Beverly, MA 06-12-13
    Amazon Customer Beverly, MA 06-12-13 Member Since 2014

    Old Rock Chick

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    "So GOOD! I didn't want it to finish!!"
    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 10 for sure!


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    I can't think of any comparisons, really. Most def one of Mr. King's best efforts!


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    Michael Kelly WAS (Devon) "Jonesy"!! He read it perfectly. I think that his narration was one of the major reasons why I loved this audio book so much.


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

    Heck YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to Audible for consistently producing SUCH good products!! I will join as a formal member one day; just can't subscribe to another service just yet (already a member of Amazon Prime, Spotify, Netflix & Slacker Radio....too many on the go already!)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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