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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Michael Kelly Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Set in a dying amusement park in the south, Joyland features a ghost and a serial killer, but the real heart of the novel is a coming-of-age story, one that took me vividly back to my own youth, working the rides at Uncle Milty’s in Bayonne.”

    George R. R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Features some of King’s most graceful writing…ruminative, amused, digressive, marvelously unaffected, and finally, devastatingly sad.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Wrapped in a gloriously pulpy cover, Joyland is a coming-of-age story set in 1973 at a North Carolina amusement park—creepy!—that’s haunted by a murderer.”


  • “An amusement park and murder figure into a coming-of-age tale in this miniature thriller with a hint of the supernatural.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A moving, immensely appealing coming-of-age tale that encompasses restless ghosts, serial murder, psychic phenomena, and sexual initiation…The melodramatic aspects of the story are great fun, but the real strength of Joyland stems from King’s ability to connect with his characters directly and viscerally.”

    Washington Post

  • Joyland, narrated by Michael Kelly with just the right touch of innocence, is a creepy story about a young man who gets involved with a dying boy, his beautiful mother, and murder…Kelly is convincing as the earnest, confused young hero…We are passengers in Jones’ mind as he tries to chart the course of his life, which was difficult enough before he got involved in a series of grisly murders. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Period murder mystery with a heart…King brings his usual finesse to this tale’s mystery elements.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Undeniable…charm [and] aching nostalgia…[Joyland] reads like a heartfelt memoir and might be King’s gentlest book, a canny channeling of the inner peace one can find within outer tumult.”


  • 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

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, June 2013
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2013
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Paperback Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Twigsy | 7/22/2016

    " I read a lot of Stephen King in college, so I thought I had seen just about every kind of writing he does. This touching coming of age story is quite unlike the Stephen King I know, but wonderful. Narrated by Michael Kelly (as my child puts it "Is that Doug (from House of Cards)?", it conveys all the emotions and turmoil of growing up and becoming an adult. It is sad and sentimental, and yet uplifting overall, with almost no "horror" scenes. "

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