First let me say that William Hurt was the perfect narrator for the beginning of the story. It made the whole story come alive. I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this book to be instantly immersed in the story. Even though I had seen the movie , I still found the book especially fascinating. There was so much more depth and meaning to the situations.
I will be recommending this book to friends and family as an excellent read or listen and hope they will take my advice because they will be thankful that they did. Having grown up in the fifties and sixties myself, I could relate to the situations in home and College and though I was not a Vietnam veteran , I certainly saw everything that was on the television and in the news and in the movies and really could relate to the stories of the guys in this book. I had friends and relatives of friends who were there, some did not return, some came back changed forever.
Don't pass this up. It is a fantastic book.
Not the typical King supernatural story but it gives a nod to the Dark Tower series and that was great. This story is a tapestry that surrounds 3 characters from age 10-50. William Hurt is an amazing narrator. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5, is because of the annoying music. Every time I really got into the story, I'd be interrupted by blasting music. GET RID OF IT!!! It doesn't enhance the story at all.
I've been a Stephen King fan for 35 years and this was my first experience with an audio version of one I his books. I was captivated by the way both Hurt and King read these stories. I'm sad it's over. Hoping to find another one, just as good. Wish me luck!
In the top third
In the prologue - Low Men in Yellow Coats - when you feel the character of Bobby shift from a nice, determined 11 year old into an older, wizened, and less nice near-grown-up
I thought William Hurt's performance and voice was absolutely perfect for this book. I have never been a huge fan of him as an actor, but cast in the narrator role for this audio book he was simply superb. I LOVE the writing of Stephen King, but I am lukewarm about his abilities narrating his own work. I can't put my finger on it - whether it is tenor or pronunciation - just what exactly, but I think his work fares better when actors perform his work.
On numerous occasions I found myself laughing out loud and tearing up. That, to me, is a sign of great writing, and great story-telling.
The only beef - and it is minor - that I have with the work of Stephen King is his unabashed liberal slant. I don't share those views, and it sometimes takes the edge off my enjoyment of his work, but his writing is just so darned compelling (most of the time) that I can get past it, and lose myself in the characters.
At first about the narration. Somewhere about chapter 3 I think, William Hurt finally got into it and lost the bored, uninterested, and monotone reading and came right to life! If he hadn't it would have killed a great story. At times the long pauses made me wonder if my phone was getting ready to ring. Got used to it though. Still in the middle of the audiobook with King narrating. Jury is still out on this part. I'd listen to Hearts in Atlantis again knowing what I know now!
this book was good for the first couple hour but seemed to struggle to grasp any real main storyline I have listened to a lot of Steven kings work and have love all of them besides this one, the book end with a very boring and uninteresting ending, he builds up characters that don't seem to add anything to the story, I really hope that these characters show up in more of his books because I know most of his book tie into the dark tower but this one is very minimal it seems, please if this is the first Steven king book you are planning to read or listen to DONT! start with something like revival or the dark tower series and you will not be dissapointed for over all performance this book had a very good narrater but the book fell flat.
if you want some more suggestions
IT (I've listen to it 3 times it was just as good each time)
The dark tower series (my favorite)
and more I can't think of off my head
The Wiz Kid
The narrator does seem a little off but it really works for how the story was written. For the two stories not directly involving bobby Mr King narrates and it's pretty cool to hear him read his own story how he thinks it should be read. Overall a great read or listen and it of course has a little to do with the dark tower... Teds Connecticut adventure!
I have listened to many audio books, including some done by celebrities. Some simply don't work in audio format IMO—Matthew Broderick's read of "The End Of the Whole Damn Mess" is bad, especially how he insists on emphasizing the word "caldera"—while OTOH Justin Long brings some interesting nuance to "Everything's Eventual". (And I adore Kathy Bates' take on "Chattery Teeth.") So I wondered how William Hurt, who clearly went to the same Odd Vocal Delivery school as Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken.
It so happens that for me, Hurt is absolutely perfect, at least for "Low Men in Yellow Coats". A slice of life piece almost as much as a horror story, Hurt's sometimes-odd inflections and pauses fit just perfectly to the odd subject matter of the story. And his mild changes of voice––especially for the character of Ted, for whom he puts on an exhausted, weary mien––are very effective.
I won't speak to the other tales, but as "Low Men" takes up such a big portion of this collection, I think it's fair to say I find it excellent. Not perfect––I haven't read a perfect King story yet––but damn fine.
Haven't read the print version.
William Hurt is the best. Stephen King is OK on his own, but when but back to back with Hurt the narration is disappointing.
The ending was heartfelt and touching.