"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 have enjoyed so many of King's book. The best features have not usually been the horror or the plot, but the rich characters, dialogue, setting, inside knowledge, and introspection. I have found many of his works to self-destruct in the final act. This one transcends. Joyland is probably his best work I have read. The murder mystery is largely titular to the reflections of coming of age one has later in life, of confronting mortality and cruelty in the world and carrying on. The performance is extraordinary. Highly recommend.
It was extremely touching.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I love Stephen King's works and I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good coming of age story with chills attached.
This book is somewhat like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked this Way Comes. Both are about a carnival type atmosphere. Bradbury's was a traveling carnival while Joyland is a permanently based one. They are both excellent stories and will stay with you for many years.
He does a fine job of the young college kid who joins the staff of Joyland to earn some money for school while getting over a girl.
I would have loved to listen to this in one sitting but I just don't have the 7 plus hours of attempting something like that. It didn't take me long to listen, a couple of days I think.
Great story of a ghost, a murder, a sick boy, and a young man coming of age. It's wonderful! Can't wait for King's sequel to the Shining coming this fall.
One thing that drives me crazy about Stephen King is that he used to ramble on so much about crazy things and then the end would leave you lacking for a storyline. This book from the beginning is the most rapturing one so far. The protagonist is a likeable character and time after time you just begin to feel attached to him. So attached that at the end I even got chills! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book. I could compare this to The Green Mile or Shawshank Redemption. Its just that good kinda feeling story!
I cant say which moment but towards the end, definitely there was a huge moment of awesomeness.
Get it, you won't be disappointed. I sure wasn't!
Absolutely! It is a short read but the combination of the narrator, the style of the writing and the story wash over you. It is perhaps the only audio book I have read where I think the audio book may be better than the printed version
No spoilers here
Performance was great. This is one of his most basic stories, but it is sweet and enjoyable if you are a fan of King.
I haven't read the print version.
Yes, Mr. King has woven a simple but effective plot that leaves little clues but leaves you guessing throughout.
Can't say! Don't want to spoil it, but every scene was well written.
The last good time.
Sometimes Stephen King gets too long winded and could use a good editor, but in this story he has created a near perfect novel and shown that he's still THE king. It's spooky enough, sweet enough, dangerous enough, and every so poignant. In the hands of another writer, this could be a string of cliches, but Mr. King knows how to paint a traditional coming of age tale with a fresh pen.
There is no Jack Torrance or Randolf Flag in this book. Not much of a story and very predictable. She is a champion with a rifle we learn early. Wonder if that will come up in the end. I know S. King is a lefty buy I don't understand the cheep shot begruging Dick Chaney a new hart at the end of the book. Had nothing to do with the weak story. It felt like King wrote this over the weekend to meet a deadline.
Best book I have heard in a long time. I was scared to buy this book because it sounded a murder mystery. Let me tell you this book has everything. Love story, mystery, the hardship a young man goes through trying to figure out what his future will hold, and of course murder and ghosts to a small degree. Trust me, this is one of his better audio books by far.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
Ok, so maybe it's not actually scary, but this is a typical Stephen King non-horror story. With a touch of the supernatural, a murder mystery, and a young boy with strange powers, it has the Master's signature all over it.
The story is fairly short (by King standards), but what it lacks in volume, it exceeds in heart. The life of a carny is an interesting one, thanks to Mr. King, and I enjoyed the education immensely!
My first impression of Michael Kelly's narration was, "this guy is drunk", but before long his voice grew on me. He excelled quite nicely at all the character's dialects and accents. Bravo!
Fans of Stephen King, I say go for the ride!
This doesn’t have the wow or really out-there with the unexpected, but it was enjoyable and entertaining.
Dev is a 21-year-old college student taking a summer job at an amusement park. I liked reading about the people he met and the things he did. There’s a little mystery, a little paranormal, a scary part with a killer, some unexpected things, and a happy end. My thoughts were Stephen King sure is a good story teller - even after all these years.
The cover with a frightened sexy redhead does not fit the feel of the book.
The narrator Michael Kelly was very good. His voice sounded like a 21-year-old which fit the story well. I wondered what his accent was. He said contractions in a way I wasn’t used to, for example the word didn’t: I say dident, he says didnet.
Genre: mystery and general fiction with paranormal
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