"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?
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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.
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.
Michael Kelly's narration is amazing. The story is meh, but Micheal Kelly (aka Doug Stamper of House of Cards) made the book.
Story is meh. Go listen to 11.22.63 -that's a better book.
All of them. Especially when he is Devin Jones.
The fur moment.
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.
yes, the old stuff
The writing style. The story was also pretty good
None that I can think of
Loved Devon the main character and the Carnies
ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Could not put it down
"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!
"A great tale told well"
An entrancing tale with suspense and nostalgia
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.
"Decent book, lacklustre narration."
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.
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.
I was thrown (not for the first time but different author) by the amazing reviews on audible and a 4.4 overall rating for this book - putting into perspective, The Stand and 11.22.63 are both on 4.5. So I was quite excited.
What I experienced was much anticipation to begin with and a gradual feeling of 'what on earth is going on here, surely there's more to this story...'. I rewound so many times as I kept drifting off and wondered if (assumed tbh, I mean come on, this is Stephen King, it must be me that's wrong) I'd missed something really critical and clever but I just hadn't.
I don't understand the other reviews, sorry, as I didn't think this was particularly good. It's a 'coming of age' gentle story that I found dull. The narrator was okay but quite monotonous and much of the time sounded bored.
But I guess you can't please everyone all of the time.
Just to be clear - Stephen King is my favourite author of all time and I've had his next book preordered since it was advertised, ready to read in June. I have not written this lightly.
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."
"Classic King, loved it"
Filled with atmosphere the story absorbs you from the start. Very enjoyable read and would recommend.
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.
The narrator - very likeable guy, very believable.
A dfiferent style of story from King and I really liked it.
"Up there with Stephen King's best"
A wonderful book more along the lines of "The Green Mile" or "The Body" (AKA "Stand by me") than his horror stories. Highly recommended.
"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
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