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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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  • Gail
  • Stockholm, NJ, United States
  • 01-04-14

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

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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

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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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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  • Derek
  • Cottonwood, AZ, United States
  • 12-07-13

When I finished it, I wanted to listen again.

You know King can chill you to the bone, but who knew he could warm your heart? This novel does both. I almost didn't purchase this one. I am a big fan of King's horror novels and fantasy, and this one was a coming of age mystery. A friend said it was great, so I took a chance. So glad I did. You will love it. The narration is great as well. Enjoy!

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Good Story - Not too thrilled by Narrator

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Michael Kelly?

I love Stephen King. This latest book was a little disappointing in that the narrator did not seem to get into "character" enough in some of the passages. The story line itself was intriguing but the plot seemed to move around too much and it was unclear where the author was going.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kelly?

not really sure

Was Joyland worth the listening time?

Yes - I'm glad I finished it.

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  • Richard
  • Weaverville, NC, United States
  • 12-02-13

Good, fun story.

Joyland is a good, fun story. King avoids his typical pitfall of over writing. The story advances at a good pace, and is over almost too soon. Ironically, I thought it lacked depth, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The ghost-y elements are good and creepy, but never exploitative. Kelly's performance matches the characters and the tone of the story well. He crafted unique voices for each character and plays them so well that you never lose track of who is talking.

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  • Louisa
  • Los angeles, CA, United States
  • 12-01-13

Nice book

What did you love best about Joyland?

I loved all the characters they seemed so friendly and warm except for Ed but in the end even him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Mrs. Shoplaw. She was so endearing to me I just fell in love with her.

What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gave great voices to all the characters I really felt like I was experiencing the characters as individuals not just some guy reading a book and constantly changing his voice.

Who was the most memorable character of Joyland and why?

Mike of course! He was such a wonderful kid from beginning to end.

Any additional comments?

A bit slow for my taste wish it had more ghost interaction with Lisa Gray but in the end it was a good book for me.

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Another Stephen King Experience

What did you love best about Joyland?

I loved the setting in carny land. Several of his books are set in a similar place. King and I are the same age, and when I read his books they vividly take me back.

What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

He was great! He sounds somewhat like King himself.

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  • DJEPRR
  • Eustis, FL, United States
  • 11-24-13

King rules...always

What made the experience of listening to Joyland the most enjoyable?

This was a great book but I think the reader is really what took this over the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

Enjoyed all the early 70s memory joggers

What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael Kelly did a fabulous job with this book!