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Joyland

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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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    Sarena Garrison, NY, United States 02-10-14
    Sarena Garrison, NY, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.

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    "I Didn't Want It to End"

    I know this book got some mixed reviews from hardcore hard case crime fans, but I'm not a hard core hard case crime fan and I loved this book. This was like a graphic novel come to life or like Scooby Doo, but sexier. I loved the characters and the narrator was spot on. I also really enjoyed how King incorporated his clearly well researched carney lingo into the book making you feel like the protagonist had really been there.

    I didn't want this book to end and I was sad when it was over. I wanted to stay along for the ride just a little bit longer.

    I did question King's choice of making this book take place in an older man's past instead of as a first person present narration. I didn't think that the look back added any value, but I also didn't think that the choice took away from the fun or speed of the book, it was just something I wondered about.

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-07-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-07-14
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    "Great book even though Not a Stephen King fan"

    My friend is a HUGE Stephen King fan. He recommended this book. Typical Stephen King is too long winded for me, but this book was GREAT. Great speed, great story, great characters. A little ghosts and a little magic, but mostly a murder mystery. A twist like Sixth Sense. Shorter than most Stephen King, but s very rich story.

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 02-05-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A real disappointment"
    Any additional comments?

    Not a typical Stephen King book. It was predictable and more like a coming of age story. Where was the ghost so largely portrayed on the cover? Unfortunately, she was a very small part of the plot. How she left was never explained thoroughly. I waited all through the book for this climax. And it never came. A waste of money if you wanted the thrills normally found in King's books!

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    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 02-04-14
    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sounds Like a Young Adult Book"

    This book would probably be fine for someone in middle or high school...it as much too simple and tame for me, not what I expect from Stephen King. It was difficult to hear the narrator sometimes, as his voice stayed very low and almost sounded like he just woke up. Also, he kept saying "dident, shouldent, couldent" for didn't, shouldn't and couldn't which also made it sound sophomoric and was irritating. Obviously not one of my favorites.

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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 01-31-14
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 01-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Joyland was my first Stephen King novel, and I was not disappointed. I have heard his other novels are very scary, so I wasn't sure about this one, but it really wasn't scary at all. I personally fell in love with the protagonist, his character is what makes the story.

    I am honestly not even sure exactly what quality this book had that made it come together so well, but I loved it and recommend it!

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    Karen 01-21-14
    Karen 01-21-14
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    "Don't Judge a Book by its Cover"

    I bought this book months ago and procrastinated listening to it, primarily because it was billed as a "mystery" and the "cover" seemed to portray a crime noir type novel, and I wasn't sure that was what I was looking for. I was so wrong.

    This is an honest and heartfelt coming of age story, with a mystery as a story device to move things along. I heartily concur with other reviewers who insist that Stephen King has gotten an unfair reputation - usually by people who have never read one of his books.

    I love Stephen King. I love the way he puts so much of himself so generously in each book that he writes. I love the way he writes dialogue and never assumes an omniscient point of view over all characters - the sign of a lazy writer. Writing in the first person is the most challenging task a writer can take on, and he does it to perfection. We learn about the other characters through the eyes of the narrator, not through broad statements like "she was scared," or "he was disappointed." Instead, we learn about his characters through their actions and their dialogue, just like in real life. Tricky business for a writer, and he does it so skillfully that we don't even realize he is doing it.

    Books seldom bring me to tears. This one did. Just listen to it. You'll be so glad you did.

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    Gail Stockholm, NJ, United States 01-04-14
    Gail Stockholm, NJ, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Character Driven Delight"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Introspective supernatural thriller


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bradley Easterbrook for his perfectly drawn appearance and Carney From Carney linneage


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the Carney scenes


    Any additional comments?

    The beauty of this book is its simplicity. King lets his characters tell the story as opposed to his epic style of man vs evil. The supernatural is deft and subtle.

    Having just finished Dr Sleep, I'm wondering if this book was an exercise for that larger novel

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    K. Roberds Laguna, NM USA 12-31-13
    K. Roberds Laguna, NM USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2012

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    "King does it again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was good and the narrator was equally as good. Joyland came to life for me.


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    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 12-29-13
    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 12-29-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.

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    "Thin and predictable plot - sadly"
    What would have made Joyland better?

    Nothing happened in terms of the plot until 3/4 of the way into the novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes. I still have hope.


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

    No. He was good.... Just not age appropriate for the older voice.


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

    Good setting descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    If I can predict the plot, anyone can. I really wanted to like this book.

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    Elise 12-17-13
    Elise 12-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Stephen King"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    not really, Not even near Stephen King. Story itself was ok. Simple, but not very exciting. Loved Mike.


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    His performance was very good. Characters stood out as individuals and the story was easy to follow.


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