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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Joyland by Stephen King {Audio}

Joyland by Stephen King
My Rating:  3 of 5 Butterflies

Title:  Joyland
Author:  Stephen King
Series:  Stand Alone
Narrator:  Michael Kelly
Length:  Unabridged; 7 hours and 33 minutes
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Published:  June 4, 2013
Source:  Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
Format:  Audiobook; CD
Genres:  Fiction; Mystery; Ghost Stories
Subjects:  City and Town Life; Amusement Parks; College Students; Cold Cases
"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.

My Review:
I have to be honest and tell you that despite him being a classic author, that this is the first Stephen King book that I have ever read.  I was actually quite surprised at the temperament of the book, especially knowing what King is famous for!

The introduction to the book was a little slow for me and really almost lost my attention.  Enough so that I actually put it away for almost a year, before deciding again to pick it back up and give it another try.  I must say that I am glad that I made myself pick it back up the second time around because the story really did pick up from that point and it got pretty interesting!

The narrator, Michael Kelly, seemed like a great fit for Devin!  He was a smooth reader, and made my listening experience of Joyland quite enjoyable.  He was clear and concise, and overall, entertaining!

I thought that the story had a very interested concept, and I certainly didn't figure it out until it was actually happening!  I  did feel like there was some either misconception or false advertisement, because in no way would I have considered this book to be a horror book or hard crime.  

Overall, this was a quick, easy read that I enjoyed!  Even though it wasn't in the same fashion of some of Stephen King's great novels, it won't stop me from picking up another King book to see another side of his writing abilities!  I enjoyed the layout of the story in the sense that it gave us snippets of  Devin's life when he was younger, during his time at Joyland, and his life after Joyland!  I'm happy that I gave it a second chance and finished it!

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Disclaimer:  I was provided this book by the Publisher, via Audiobook Jukebox, in return for an honet and unbiased review!!




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