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Joyland | [Stephen King]

Joyland

Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.
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Publisher's Summary

"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts," says Stephen King, who has combined these elements into a wonderful new story. Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park.

It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak. Who dares enter the funhouse of fear?

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Schuster Audio

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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 07-20-13
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 07-20-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

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    "King's the best story teller in the world."

    You can't get away from it; King can tell a story like no other. Although I like some other writers almost equally, as many can come up with excellent stories, but Stephen King's irreverently & natural dialogue and colourful descriptions captivate the essence of his characters and enthral the reader from the very beginning to the very end. I was a bit unsure about this before I started reading/listening to this book as I thought it might be a bit 'young' for me. It was not, as all the commentary is being made by the main character, Dev, as a mature older man re-living and reflecting on the events that surrounded his transition from teenage-hood to manhood. All in all this was an excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cik Bedah 07-17-14
    Cik Bedah 07-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Doug Stamper of House of Cards reading this book!"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Michael Kelly's narration is amazing. The story is meh, but Micheal Kelly (aka Doug Stamper of House of Cards) made the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Story is meh. Go listen to 11.22.63 -that's a better book.


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

    All of them. Especially when he is Devin Jones.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fur moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Sydney, Australia 03-16-14
    Jo Sydney, Australia 03-16-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great Book well read"

    A great Stephen King story with believable characters and an intriguing narrative. So well read. Loved it!

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    "BORED TO TEARS"
    What would have made Joyland better?

    This must rate as one of SK's worst books - a naive and gullible goodie-goodie main character of the 'o shucks' variety coupled with a storyline that reads like the diary of someone that stayed in bed to avoid anything happening to him and a narrator that sounds as if he is selling sweets to three-year olds - made me gave up half-way.

    stay with the earlier SK books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    yes, the old stuff


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see above


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 01-09-14
    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 01-09-14
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    "Loved it couldn't put it down"
    What did you love best about Joyland?

    The writing style. The story was also pretty good


    What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

    None that I can think of


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

    Loved Devon the main character and the Carnies


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

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Could not put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rose
    London, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "King in his best Shawshank or Stand By Me mode"

    I was sad to finish reading this, as I was enjoying it so much! My only criticism was that it was too short. Oh and the front cover is horribly misleading.

    This is a Coming Of Age story, not a ghost story or a thriller or a horror! Be warned!

    It's all the more touching and beautiful because of it.

    I loved this book! And the narration was some of the best I've heard.

    I would recommend this to anyone!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • alex_holmes_367
    10/14/13
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    "A great tale told well"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    An entrancing tale with suspense and nostalgia


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best Stephen King story ever, but his ability to take you on a complete and fulfilling trip into another time and place shines through as ever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    6/6/13
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    "So so"

    I always expect to get swept away with a Stephen King audiobook, "Bag of Bones" being my all-time favourite. Maybe I was a bit spoiled in that I've only listened to really long versions of his books before, always going for at least over 12 hrs.

    There just wasn't a lot to this story and without going into too much of the plot to spoil it, it did seem like, "Ooops, it's nearly the end I'd better make someone the murderer even though I've given no clues to it being this person throughout."

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Conor Bryce
    Ireland
    6/19/13
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    "Decent book, lacklustre narration."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Decent, if a little by-the-numbers King fare, but the narration is awful. Michael Kelly seems disinterested a lot of the time, and his one-note performance had me struggling to keep focused on the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
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    6/12/13
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    "Superb"


    Before I review this book it's only fair to say I am a huge SK fan.

    Joyland is a crime thriller set in an amusement park in 1973 told (flashback style) by Dev in 2013.

    This story really grabs you and is typical SK (in a good way).

    Just a few more weeks to wait now for Doctor Sleep, but if you are a King (or crime) fan get this book... you won't regret it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • J. Freeman
    HULL, United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "Boring and pointless"

    I am a big fan of Stephen King but this is a pointless journey into nothing. I kept thinking... something is going to happen in a minute and then after three hours I started to worry that it was just going to potter along like this forever.

    Very poor - I will never get those 7 hours back.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • PaulWray73
    7/29/15
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    "Classic King, loved it"

    Filled with atmosphere the story absorbs you from the start. Very enjoyable read and would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H Borland
    NSW, Australia
    7/20/15
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    "Surprisingly good"
    What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

    Good story, read excellently well. I am not fond of audio books, except those read by their author, but after hearing this one I am going to give some more a go.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator - very likeable guy, very believable.


    Any additional comments?

    A dfiferent style of story from King and I really liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/15
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    "Up there with Stephen King's best"
    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book more along the lines of "The Green Mile" or "The Body" (AKA "Stand by me") than his horror stories. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chelynnah
    Dorset UK
    5/26/15
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    "Different from King's usual fare"

    I really enjoyed this book. Michael Kelly's reading style was a bit off-putting at first, but once you got into the flow of it, it really did suit the tone and feel of the story. I would definitely try another book narrated by him to see how it worked.

    As for the story it was fun and spooky and evoked feelings that were a little nostalgic. I loved the descriptions of how the theme park was run.

    It's been a few months since I've listened to this book. I really need to write reviews straight after. But my overall memories of it are that it had just the right pace and feel and hit all the right notes. I would happily listen to it again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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