Hearts in Atlantis is the best writing I believe King has ever done. The way the stories connect like missing pieces to a puzzle is amazing. Also an ending that gives you closure and a peace that you don't really expect through out the novel. It gives you many different glimpses of life in the 60's from childhood to college to the Vietnam War All experienced by different characters. The book keeps you feeling a tinge of sadness throughout it of growing up and growing apart all the way up until the last 30min when you truly feel satisfied with the conclusion. I know for me after each story I couldn't wait to see who might get revisited next and if perhaps some character we had seen the last of. Although not typical King this story is still so enthralling that some of the real images described are more horrifying than anything from Kings other works (The Vietnam War). I love Kings terrifying novels but I must put this a little ahead of the rest. With DT references and short stories and novellas that all come together I truly believe this book is for anyone whether your a die hard King fan, enjoy short stories or novels, or just looking for a great story of life and friendship, Hearts in Atlantis is for you.
For those who say King has gotten worse with time, this book proves you wrong. As a huge King fan I loved the concept behind this book. For fans of his other works you will particularly love the time he spends in Derry. I also loved just how he spends his time with 5 years to kill. It's so real and all the different places he goes to it's almost several stories rolled into one. The narrator does a great job bringing to life all the characters and Kings research is pretty astounding (googling while listening to the book and coming across real events taking place is awesome). My only complaint is about one of my favorite parts in the end, I loved the world he goes back to after 1963 but I also wished it would have been a little longer than it was. I truly believe it is one of Kings best works, combining his great story telling of character as real as you or I and the amazing fantasy that comes from kings mind.
Yes, Narrator creates a story in your mind, more vivid than any other audiobook I've ever listened too.
The build up of tension, and human reaction during uncontrollable disaster.
I loved the scene where PHIL and Andy protect the propane. And cheering them on, but then seeing the disaster that results.
Yes, it was gripping from the beginning all the way through.
One of the best King novels ive read. I wish Raul did another King novel. It is amazing that with 40+ characters and every one had a distinct voice that fight perfectly. I was so impressed. With 35 hrs of story the ending was rather anticlimactic and wtapped ip rather quickly. I would have loved it if King would have had an epilogue at the end.
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