Audiobook Review – JOYLAND by Stephen King (Narr. Michael Kelly)

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Michael Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins 

Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:06-04-13
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

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.

Wow. Add this to the list of books King’s written where I had to sit down afterwards. What an incredible, emotional ending. King really knows how to write people, and create scenarios where the climax is surprising, but also emotional. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I don’t want to elaborate on exactly what emotions, but needless to say, I was beyond satisfied.

The audiobook production is another stellar job, this time by Michael Kelly. King always gets top of the line narrators, and this was no less the case.

As a side note, it gets a little annoying when he goes on tangents against Christians, but whatever. I’m sorry to see Christians depicted as selfish, hurtful people, but I don’t know what King’s gone through to come to that conclusion. In this book’s case, the pastor who abandoned his daughter because he claimed her son’s disability was punishment from God regarding her infidelity. Okay, sure that’s happened, but it just gets old when King finds ways to insert the worst stereotypes of Christians. This almost ruined what was otherwise one of the best endings I’ve read.

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more:

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