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Joyland

Joyland

Scritto da Stephen King

Narrato da Michael Kelly


Joyland

Scritto da Stephen King

Narrato da Michael Kelly

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3.5/5 (1.693 valutazioni)
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Pubblicato:
4 giu 2013
ISBN:
9781442359925
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Descrizione

"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.
Pubblicato:
4 giu 2013
ISBN:
9781442359925
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Disponibile anche come e-bookE-book

Informazioni sull'autore

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


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  • (5/5)
    College student Devin Jones takes a summer job at a small amusement park in North Carolina known as Joyland, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a murdered girl. More haunting to Devin is the memory of his first love, who recently broke up with him. A psychic employed by the amusement park also makes cryptic remarks about two children impacting Devin's life, one of whom will be a psychic as well. I was very impressed with this book. In it, King's superb writing style shines. The characters are all deeply interesting and mostly well-rounded. The jumps back in forth between the 1970s when Devin is in his early 20s to the present when Devin is an older man reflecting back on this time in his life work very well, creating appropriate amounts of foreshadowing and dramatic tension. The mystery is intriguing as well, although it is really only a small part of the story. (There is an element of the supernatural here, but it's worth noting this isn't really a ghost story. You won't be creeped out by this book.) Rather, the book is largely about Devin growing up and the people who help that maturation process. For the audophile, Michael Kelly was exceptional as the reader of this audiobook. He employed just the right amount of emotion for each turn in the plot and an array of different voices to distinguish the characters. His reading was compelling from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book for fans of King or just fans of well-written drama.
  • (4/5)
    "Joyland" is a steady, haunting melody of memory and youth and innocence that was euphoric. Devin Jones is a heartbroken college student getting away from the world and taking a job in a little theme park called Joyland. The summer of 1973 Devin will tell you was one of the most beautiful and also probably his saddest. Devin's a jack of all-trades in Joyland, sometimes he works the rides, other times he's forced to "wear the fur," and during that time he learns the lingo of the carnival, The "talk" as it's called. All of this helps to place you in Devin's world.

    This isn't you're standard Stephen King story. It's introduced early on as something of a ghost story, about the Haunted House ride really being haunted by a woman who was killed there years ago... and the mystery develops as the plot does. This book is really more of a character drama. We follow Devin's summer and then autumn and we watch him grow up. Some of those growing up moments are truly wonders to read. King turns what could be a rather boring moment of Devin wearing a dog costume and entertaining children into one of the best moments I've read all year. Devin states at one point that it's his last summer as a child, and by the end of the book you see him emerge that autumn as an adult. It's an all the more heart felt experience when you remember that it's a 60 year old Devin that's telling the story.
  • (4/5)
    This isn't like the majority of Stephen King's work, but, at the same time, it still possesses his trademark writing style. Fans of Stephen King will no doubt enjoy this work, but it may not become a favorite. I enjoyed Joyland, but I enjoy King's work more when he sticks to the horror genre. He has a real talent for telling scary stories, but this just isn't one of them. The first half of the story went by very slowly, at least to me. If I wasn't such a big fan of King, I might not have stuck with the book. It's his writing style that really enlivens some of the dragging plot here. Only at the end does the plot really pick up, and when it does it feels a bit too abrupt after the slower pace of the rest of the novel. Anyway, die hard King fans will enjoy this, but die hard crime novel or mystery fans may leave a bit disappointed.
  • (3/5)
    King's writing is compelling and engaging as ever, but this novel is average overall. The characters don't come alive the way other novels of his do. In fact I would have enjoyed more of the characters beyond just Devin. It troubled me that a now elderly man wpuld still be stuck in the mindset of "screw this girl who broke up with me to have sex with another man" literally decades later. It's immature and it's sexist, and here it is so overdone that it warps the rest of the novel. I could understand maybe if the narrator were still 21, but he's grown, and the events of that summer should so very much overshadow a breakup. A grown man relating a crime story while fixated on a girl he thinks didn't deserve him because she didn't want to have sex with him? Sigh.
  • (4/5)
    I definitely enjoyed it. Whenever I would pick it up I would get lost and wouldn't put it down until something jogged me back into reality. There are a lot of "quotable lines" in here as well. Stephen King is a very odd mix of thriller and literary, and I like it a lot.I can't say it was perfect, though. While the ultimate conclusion WAS surprising and moderately satisfying, it wasn't as good as I was expecting. Mike's constant "It's not white" reminder took me a long time to figure out after I'd finished the book, and the clues that actually led Dev to the killer seemed a little far-fetched.I get so nit-picky on endings that just this fact alone made me less excited about the book overall, but it really is a good read and I definitely recommend. I'm excited to finally be getting into Stephen King.
  • (4/5)
    Gotta love a good Stephen King book.. this is actually one of his books where he doesn’t go off on a tangent that almost seems like a while other story. It flowed so perfectly, and the storyline was extremely intriguing. I kept trying to guess but didn’t know til it was revealed! King does a wonderful job pulling you into the amusement park: feel the wind whip thru your hair, feel yourself weightless as the ride drops quickly, and the smell of carnival food!
  • (5/5)
    Definitely a personal favorite couldn’t get enough great book !!
  • (5/5)
    Bombdigity! Got my attention so many times so many waysxD
  • (5/5)
    Awesome book and Narration. Maybe my favourite latter day King novel. He really sticks the ending. Highly recommended
  • (5/5)
    This was a fun short story. A little supernatural but more heartwarming characters that you wish you had known.
  • (5/5)
    Might be my favorite book of his. King has such an incredible way of building worlds and weaving the supernatural into stories that move you. Fantastic book and a solid narration, as well.
  • (5/5)
    What made this book so great? The man who wrote it. Stephen King is truly a master craftsman. People who think of him as a horror writer, a master of the macabre, are almost right, but he isn’t limited to any genre. This is one of the different ones. As much a character study as anything. A murder mystery, a love story, a rite of passage story.

    And the reader is perfection. Able to embody different personalities convincingly, but his is the absolutely pitch perfect tone for a young man teetering on adulthood.
  • (5/5)
    A nice little story more about the characters than the crimes.
  • (5/5)
    Great book and EXCELLENT narrator! Not nearly as dark as some of King’s other books.
  • (5/5)
    I love Steven King, but this one is a favorite. The writing is picturesque and the narrator fit perfectly - highly recommend.
  • (5/5)
    I’m so glad this story wasn’t like all those other amusement park/carnival type horror stories.
    I wouldn’t even put this in the horror category nor would I consider this a thriller. It was like reading an old school murder mystery.
    This was a coming of age story with paranormal elements. It’s was magic in the making....not some cheap thrill ride.
  • (5/5)
    This is a great book. The narrator was really good too. I'm not going to give it away because you're going to read this right now. Just do it you can thank me later
  • (3/5)
    Have you read any Stephen King novels? Did they have a psychic with a deadly illness or physical ailment? Well, prepare for more of the same. I didn't have strong feelings for Joyland. For being part of a Hard Boiled novel series (via publisher Hard Case Crime), I was left wondering if it was ever going to pick up pace.

    In the classic King formula, Joyland is about an author (no surprise) who is writing about the past (no surprise) and the terrible experience he had to overcome (still no surprise) with the help of a terminally ill psychic child.......No Suprise..

    There is a murder, there is a ghost, fortune teller, cranky old people, and carnies. And no real surprises.

    Was it good? Well yeah, look who wrote it, of course it was good. Was it anything new? No.. Was it hard boiled, no no no..

    Just more of the same. Fans should read it, but don't expect ground breaking new King work.

    It is more interesting as a carny life retrospective than anything else. I found those aspects highly fascinating and the novel led me down a couple internet black holes as I researched interesting carny topics spurred from reading this.


    Reblurb-
    Not needed, the original is more than adequate.
    The cover is amazing, I wish I liked the book as much as the artwork. What is stupid ridiculous is how much more I like the limited edition cover, which came with a hard case false book box and a fold out map of the JoyLand world. The green dress cover is incredible, but shotgun on the beach is what I expect of a King novel.


    Publisher Description:
    All-time Best-selling Author STEPHEN KING Returns with a Novel of Carny Life—and Death . . .

    College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.

    Life is Not Always a Butcher’s Game.Sometimes the Prizes Are Real.Sometimes They’re Precious.

    A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time—JOYLAND is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, JOYLAND is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.
  • (4/5)
    What is Joyland? A summer of firsts. First love. Summer job. First broken heart. Summer friends. First sex affair. Joyland is pure nostalgia and a look back at a long passed (lost?) youth by a man in his sixties. Joyland is pure nostalgia and the remembrance of a time in one's life where even if tragic things were happening -- the future was laid out in front of you like a map and it seemed like an adventure.

    “When you're twenty-one, life is a roadmap. It's only when you get to be twenty-five or so that you begin to suspect that you've been looking at the map upside down, and not until you're forty are you entirely sure. By the time you're sixty, take it from me, you're fucking lost.”

    Joyland is told from the point of view of an older man remembering a summer from his college years in the early 1970s -- Devin. For summer break, Devin applies to work at an amusement park in the south along the Atlantic coast -- Joyland. Joyland is an amusement park of America's past, just like Devin's youth. The park is not Disney, it is not big and shiny, but owned by one man and held together with hope and the desire to provide fun.

    “The Disney parks are scripted, and I hate that. Hate it. I think what they are doing down there in Orlando is fun-pimping...”

    Joyland is not just a nostalgic stroll down the memory of someone long past youth – this is a Stephen King novel! And because it is a Stephen King novel it involves murder, death, pain, mystery and ghosts interwoven with a story of the past. Or maybe, is the murder, mystery and ghost a way to tell a nostalgic story? Maybe that is what King is doing here. The story is youth. The story is remembering. And the story is nostalgia. The setting is the summer of 1973 and a southern amusement park and this provides King with an opportunity to create a unique world that almost seems fantastical and is populated by a cast of interesting characters. Life long carnies, a widowed homeowner who rents out rooms and serves to tell the history of the murder, a disgraced single mom of a dying boy, a ghost of a murdered woman, and idealistic college kids working for the summer -- these are the characters of Joyland.

    The murder is not shocking, not for 2013 sensibilities and not for readers who have seen even just one episode of CSI or Law and Order, but the story is not centered on the shock or the gore of the murder but the mystery of who did it, who was murdered and why. Joyland won't keep you up at night from fear and you likely won't remember the details of the story a few days or weeks after you put it down, but while you are immersed in the story you will experience the summer of 1973. And that is the beauty of this story, the re-living of youth, the experiencing a different time in a special place -- and the carny talk.

    Joyland is short, less than 9 narrated hours and about 283 pages. It is a quick read and one you can immerse yourself in immediately. Like Joyland and amusement parks like it, once I finished reading Joyland the story slipped through the cracks in my memory. This story is good entertainment; it is a fast ride that involves some quick turns and ups and downs; it is fun but it is not long lasting.

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  • (5/5)
    is a very interesting book to read
    got it at a goodwill store for 50 cents and is a new book it hadn't been read until I started reading it after I got home today from going to the store.
    it was a really good book to read. it is a must read for any one that is a STEPHEN KING fan
    LAST BOOK I READ FOR 2013
  • (4/5)
    I had a great time with this book. After refusing to read Stephen King for most of my life, I have a lot of catching up to do now that I realize I actually love his writing. I decided to pick up Joyland while I had some time off work for the holidays and found it to be a very entertaining way to spend a few hours. I am really starting to understand why Stephen King is such a popular author.This story takes place in 1973 and is largely set at a small amusement park called Joyland. We get to spend the summer with 21-year-old Devin as he works at Joyland for the summer. Devin has a broken heart after being dumped by his college girlfriend but throws himself into his new job with gusto. I love that we get so see so many aspects of the park since Devin seems to work just about everywhere. The characters in this book were fantastic. I loved getting to know Devin and I really felt like I knew him by the end of the book. The storytelling style of this book is as if Devin were telling us a story years after these events and at times he would meander and jump ahead a bit. I thought that this style really made the story feel authentic and added a lot of charm to the story. Devin's friends at the park, his co-workers, and a little boy and his mom all had important roles to play in this story and I felt like King did a remarkable job of bringing each of them to life. The story was a little slow to get moving with the first half of the book more focused on character development. The pace did pick up during the second half of the book and I was really interested in learning how the girl at been murdered in the park years earlier. I thought I had the mystery solved only to learn that I was way off base. I also thought that Devin and Mike's relationship added a lot to the story. There were a lot of different elements that came together in this shorter work to tell a really amazing story.I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very well-told story with great characters, an interesting mystery, and just a touch of paranormal. I can't wait to continue working on Stephen King's amazing backlist.
  • (5/5)
    Traditional mystery novel set in the mid-70's at a small amusement park. It contains classic King elements like illness, insanity, special powers and a ghost. It was a fun, quick read.
  • (5/5)
    I LOVED this. Once again, Mr. King proves that, above all else, he is a consummate storyteller. This is the best kind of book: the kind that amuses, rouses sympathy, pushes you to the edge of your seat, and ultimately churns up all kinds of emotions about what it means to be a kid, with a broken heart, who's surviving a 'lost year' of youth.Devin Jones chronicles what happened during his 'lost year' of 1973, when he took a summer job at an independent amusement park on the beaches of North Carolina. He's just been dumped by his first true love, and is nursing a broken heart and the jumble of emotions that comes with that. The park he's working at, Joyland, has its own secrets, including a grisly murder mystery and a haunted House of Horrors, but this is very much a secondary story. This is more of a story of Devin finding out about himself and what it means to be an adult in a turbulent period of time. He has the ultimately escape into a world of fun and games and a summer camp atmosphere with new friends to help him forget Real Life. Joyland truly brings a lot of joy to its customers and its workers alike.Devin is warned by the park's resident gypsy psychic that he will meet two children that summer, one of whom has The Sight. He's upset that the resident ghost shows itself to his friend instead of him. He's able to stay on beyond the summer season with the park, and soon finds himself entwined in the lives of the local black sheep/ice queen and her son, who knows way more about what's going on around him than any ten-year-old should. The murder mystery rears its head as the story goes on, and all of the threads are woven together in a beautiful way, with just enough suspense and the perfect touch of the supernatural to make the whole thing unputdownable.These are the best kinds of books: the kind that keep you up past your bedtime for "just one more page" - the kind that take you out of our shitty world into the escape of summers past - the kind that leave you with some food for thought. DAMN, but this man can tell a good story!
  • (5/5)
    unsettling and heartbreaking. classic King.
  • (4/5)
    Joyland was a bit of a departure from the usual Stephen King novel. For one thing, although it had supernatural elements to it, it was at its heart a mystery. Also, I’ve never read a Stephen King book that took place in a carnival setting, although Joyland was technically an amusement park, it still seemed more like a travelling carnival. There was a good deal of carny lingo in there at the least.The story’s protagonist, Dev, is a college kid who had just gotten his heart broken by his college sweetheart. He spends the summer far from his university working at an amusement park in North Carolina. The park has a haunted house type of ride that is actually haunted from a woman who was murdered while going on the ride—and that is the heart of the mystery in this novel. What shapes the story is when Dev sees the park’s fortune teller, who actually has some psychic ability, and she tells him that a young boy and girl will figure prominently in his future. As it turns out, this young boy, besides suffering from a debilitating disease, also has psychic abilities, and figures in his quest to solve the mystery of the haunted ride murder.This was an enjoyable novel. It was really strong from a characterization standpoint. There were very memorable characters, from Dev on through numerous side characters. Although the mystery element was well done, most of the book did not focus on that part of it. Most of the book focuses on his evolving as a person and his relationship with the crippled boy and her mom—both of whom are also standout characters. I liked the supernatural parts of it, and thought it meshed well with the mystery. The one negative was a groan-inducing part at the end that involved the reveal of the killer, but otherwise this was a satisfying novel.Carl Alves - author of Battle of the Soul
  • (5/5)
    Joyland was fantastic! The feel of an classic mystery story. A touch of paranormal. Stephen King's distinctive ability to give his character's believable voices. Desription so well written, you can smell the cotton candy and feel the stickiness of the humidity. You absolutely cannot go wrong with Joyland. Here's hoping Stephen King writes another in this genre because he does it extremely well.
  • (5/5)
    Joyland by Stephen King1973 in a small North Carolina Town, college student Devin Jones takes a job at Joyland. This is a summer Devin will never forget, where friendships are made, a ghost story seems real, and a vicious unsolved murder is always at the back of his mind. The summer not to be forgotten, etched in his mind and altering his life, forever.Stephen King tells (the) story like no other, pulling (you) deep into carnie life. With well developed characters and detailed plot, I was hooked from the first page, until the compelling conclusion. I highly recommend Joyland to all.
  • (3/5)
    This was my first time reading a King novel and I think I bumped it up to three stars simply because it is a King novel and I fell for Mike and enjoyed what his mother and him as characters did for the plot. The plot being, otherwise, more of a 2 - 2.5er for me.

    It certainly wasn't a flop. I think I was kind of waiting for a twist or at least the reveal of the scene pictured on the cover. The "Hollywood Girl" redhead scream scene as the camera smashes to the ground amidst the popcorn-heavy carnival detritus marring the floor of the 70's funhouse. No camera smashing scream queens here. Just a messed up carny/murderer, some ghosties, and the reminiscing of our main character all grown up.

    That being said - as alluded to above - I really liked Annie and Mike coming into the picture. I enjoyed Annie saving the day at the behest of Eddie via Mike. I enjoyed Mike's day at Joyland and the dynamic between Annie and Jonesy. In fact, I would have loved to see more of the supporting characters instead of Jonesy. The whole my ex didn't deserve me because she broke up with me without letting me do "it" because she wanted to get with another dude who she's probably doing "it" with right now for all I know mopey-shtick was sigh-inducing. I could get on board with character immaturity like that if the narrator had been a present day 21 year old getting over the initial break up/dump hump. But him being an older man saying a girl didn't deserve him because she didn't choose to screw him before she'd moved on? Meh... boring. Boring enough to make me disconnect a lot with his character in general. However, him being good in the fur and sincerely awesome with Mike opened up a reconnect and made the rest of the book interesting.

    All in all, this didn't put me off King. I did enjoy his style and the majority of the book. I've got plenty of his work lying in wait in the shade of my ever-growing TBR piles and it was interesting to finally take the plunge and get into one of his books.
  • (4/5)
    2021 pandemic read. Great way to escape a day. Thanks, Mr King. I've discovered that after years of not liking some of your novels, that others are worth the read for me,
  • (4/5)
    Lest you doubt, this book proves, once again, that Stephen King is truly a great storyteller. Also, this book takes place at an amusement park that is really more like a permanent carnival. Those are really the only enticements I needed to read the book. If you need a few more, this is quick-reading, coming-of-age mystery novel accessorized with a little bit of paranormal phenomena. In my opinion, it's not quite as "pulp" as the (awesome) front cover would have you believe, but the setting and the characterizations are magical. And there's a Scrabble-playing librarian. Really, what more do you need?