Audiobook CD - 2013
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon And Schuster, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781442359918
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (450 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Kelly, Michael


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Jul 13, 2017

A lot of people will look at the author of this book and immediately assume that it's a horror novel. In fact, I've seen quite a few bookstores place this in their horror sections. This is a mistake. While this book does have a ghost and a kid with psychic powers, it is most certainly not meant to evoke any feeling of horror in the audience. You could say that it is more of a murder mystery, but honestly, I don't feel like even that's right. This whole book felt to me more like a coming of age story. A book where we join a young man during a difficult time in his life on his journey to adulthood.

If you can get over the fact that this is not a scary or particularly thrilling story, you will be rewarded with meticulously built world, a lot of heart, and some memorable and lovable characters, all things I associate with Stephen King more than I do scares. The narrator is also very good, giving each character a unique voice so you can recognize each character before you hear who is supposed to be speaking. Though unfortunately, this fact does kind of spoil the reveal of the killer slightly before you are supposed to know.

Jul 31, 2014

Fun, sweet, a little chilly, and a lot of great visuals. This was an excellent choice for a good summer read.

Oct 30, 2013

This book was outstanding. A murder mystery, ghost story, and love story written in a compelling, can't wait to get to this story, novel. If you liked "Bag of Bones", you will enjoy this as well. I think it would make a great movie!!

Aug 22, 2013

One of the main characters of this story is young boy. But its once you get past the whining sniveling adult that this novel becomes worthwhile. The editor could have easily dispensed of the first half, resulting in a much more interesting story. 4 of 10 stars


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