"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
"A beautiful book, warm and honest, about a boy becoming a man, and his tempered transformation really does pack a punch… In short, Joyland is a joy." (Niall Alexander, Tor)
"An engrossing and ultimately uplifting tale" (Rhian Drinkwater, SFX)
"Joyland describes being young with the necessary vigour, and the slow agony with which a broken heart heals with the necessary tenderness." Laurence Phelan, The Independent)
"What makes King special is that he's an unusually imaginative horror writer who's as interested in characterisation as he is in fright." (Tom Cox, Daily Express)
Fine writer, fine narrator. This is a sweet and sentimental story. My favourite parts of the writing were in the first half. Narration is fantastic throughout.
myself and my 16 year old son both enjoyed this book. The ending may have lost a little of the story's intensity but I still gave it 5 stars because I couldn't wait to keep listening to the story and thought about the characters after the book was finished. The narration was excellent.
"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.
"Doug Stamper of House of Cards reading this book!"
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.
"Great Book well read"
A great Stephen King story with believable characters and an intriguing narrative. So well read. Loved it!
"BORED TO TEARS"
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
"Loved it couldn't put it down"
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.
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.
"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.
I could picture the theme park and the beach, great suspense!
The suspense and the who done it element.
A great atmosphere to the book
The ghost train
"Enjoyable but lacked originality "
I love Stephen King but this was an entertaining pot boiler. We have met most of the characters before in other novels and while the plot rattled along nicely it was a tad predictable.
Stephen King at his finest. A beautiful and exhausting tale, wrapped up in a compelling mystery.
"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.
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