"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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Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
Yes, I really enjoyed Joyland. King has a way of making the place and characters come alive and making you care about them.
Without giving anything away, the end.
Devin Jones. He was so real in voice.
No, but it made my commute so much more pleasant.
Stephen King is such an amazing storyteller. This story had great characters, a little bit of fun house creep and a great little mystery.
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!!!
I thought the end was the best part, even though he made me cry.
Probably Mike, he deserves all the fun that he can get out of life.
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.
Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.
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.
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.
Fast paced and very enjoyable. One of my favorites in recent memory....Highly recommend!!
Excellent job of capturing the personality of each of the characters.
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!!!
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.
He did a great job on all of them.
I admit to crying at the end.
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.
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!
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
.The way you see Dev grow up, his relationship with Mike
I have never listened to him before, but I certainly would again.
Parts made me laugh and cry. When Mike is talking about his illness I cried
This reminds me of older Stephen King. I LOVED it!!!!
Old Rock Chick
It ranks in the top 10 for sure!
I can't think of any comparisons, really. Most def one of Mr. King's best efforts!
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.
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!)
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