4 of 5 stars ****
The superb writing style of Stephen King and the excellent presentation by Michael Kelly as narrator make Joyland a thrill to experience. The story unfolds through the eyes of a young man, Devin, who comes of age while working at a carnival amusement park known as Joyland. Devin copes with personal forlorn love issues while proving his loyalty and moral integrity to his employer and peers. He learns of a mysterious death that haunts one of the rides at Joyland and this piques his interest. He meets an older single mom of an invalid child with a terminal prognosis and his life changes in every dimension of this book's story line. The macabre element exists in this story via the dastardly death of the young girl whose spirit haunts the Joyland ride and her murderer who is revealed in another life and death situation at the end. The prolific writings of Stephen King never fail to entertain his readers. He churns out his amazing stories, like Joyland, with the same ease it takes to read or listen to them.