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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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A roller coaster of romance and suspense!

What did you love best about Joyland?

Perfect length, well written coming of age story, colorful characters, and a murder mystery all rolled into one. Plus the story is set in North Carolina and not Maine.. YEAH!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Devin Jones is my favorite character although I like each character (even Lane) for their contribution to the story.

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

Michael Kelly did an awesome job as a narrator for this story. His voice appears to add the right dimension for the main character's age and adds individual characteristics to each individual's performance within the story. I will definitely search for more audio books from him.

If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

I think it is the perfect name, I wouldn't change it.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Stephen King's: "The Body," "The Shining," or "11/22/1963" I think you will really like this story. The first and last book for their coming of age story lines and romantic side stories. The Shining, because they both feature children with "The sight." Although he does pine away for his ex-girlfriend throughout the book (and it can get annoying to some degree), that's life..we do it, or at least did it when "coming of age." In my opinion one of Stephen King's best books in the last two decades!

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Joyland by Stephen King is the story of 21 year old virgin Devin Jones who spends the summer and fall of 1973 working at the North Carolina amusement park. Jump on board for Dev’s journey – it is a coming of age tale; of lost love and love found, of new friends, of ghost stories, of murder and of the fate of a dying child that will change his life forever.

The audio book was narrated by Michael Kelly. It took me some time to warm up to his style but by the end of the almost 8 hour narration I thought he did an excellent job.

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  • John
  • LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States
  • 09-20-13

Starts slow but picks up in the middle

Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

Yes I would listen again. Believable story that leaves you wondering the outcome till the end.

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  • Jason
  • columbia, MD, United States
  • 09-19-13

Ignore negative reviews

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Great book. Not predictable imo. I. Finished it in 2 days because I couldn't stop listening!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It is not a tense nail biter. It is just good. Stephen King crafts a world that you find yourself feeling a part of.only his books have created such a sense of feeling part of the story.

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

They are all good. But he does a great ny jewish mother.

If you could take any character from Joyland out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Milo. But theres a catch.....the Jesus kite has to come too..

Any additional comments?

Awesome read for any time of the year. A lot of reviews say great summer read but I think its good for any season.

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Very....."en-JOY-able" ;-)

Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

towards the top.

What did you like best about this story?

I honestly loved the whole book. I hear a television movie coming, I hope.

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

He brings out the emotion and brings life to the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Take a ride to Joyland just for the scare of it.

Any additional comments?

I really loved the characters, the colors, sounds, and the little twists. And I really have enjoyed the nice little departure Mr. King has taken in his last few books, but to tell you the truth, I can't wait for "Doctor Sleep" to come out later this month.

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Another interesting tale by the master storyteller

At first I wasn't sure about this one but I'm really glad I stuck it out. It was a good travel back in recent history. An interesting look behind the scenes of a carnival. An excellent woven tale, of coming of age.

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Is Stephen King your friend?

Well, if he is, read this book. Certainly not one his best, but it was nice to hear his familiar voice and wry observations.

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Predictable but good

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

I enjoyed the narration.

Would you recommend Joyland to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes for a short trip by car it might be good. There are a few sexual parts that may make it difficult for young ones but it is not over the top.

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

No

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  • Marjorie
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 09-10-13

For the Non-King reader, This is One to Try

Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

I might listen to "Joyland" in a few years. Just like I plan to listen to "It" again. It is easy to place yourself inside both novels. King writes about a time that feels so familiar. I have read a number of his novels and some are the very definition of creepy. This one isn't creepy in the same way that "Salem's Lot" or "Dreamcatcher" were, but it does have an edge, plus I am always game for a ghost or two in any story.

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

He has a voice that is easy to listen to--there was nothing about it that distracted this listener.

Any additional comments?

This was a sweet story and kept me listening when I ought not to.

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One of Stephen King's best

What did you love best about Joyland?

I loved the storyline and the characters. They were wonderfully colorful and likeable. It's a love story interwoven with a mystery wrapped in nostalgia.