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Hearts in Atlantis Audiobook

Hearts in Atlantis

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Publisher's Summary

Each of these five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999, are deeply rooted in the 60s culture and the haunting images of the Vietnam War. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" is the story of 11-year-old Bobby Garfield who discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. Bobby also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror. In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game when they discover the possibility of protest. In "Blind Willy" and "Why We're in Vietnam," two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow - and haunted - as their own lives. And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," this remarkable work's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.

©1999 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved, (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"We now know what Stephen King, the master of horror, is afraid of. The Vietnam War...scares him so bad he won't let his hero act imprudently." (The New York Times)
"...Hurt skillfully evokes pathos from the story's fine detailing...." (Publishers Weekly)

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    James 02-11-15
    James 02-11-15
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    I love this book. It is mentioned in the 7th book of the Dark Tower series, one of my favorites. But this book spreads from Ted, and I love how in some of his books it's like you get a sequel all in one. You have the children then the adults. I really love the way this one ends. I just wonder what happened to Willy, but oh well, I just figure either he died or woke up to find the glove gone and figured he hadn't received what he had worked for all his life and went insane. Maybe.

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    Jean-pierre 01-26-15
    Jean-pierre 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Weird reading"

    The reader takes time to get used to. But once you get to the second part, you fall in the rythm.

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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 12-21-14
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 12-21-14 Member Since 2016

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    "A topic King seems to be passionate about"
    Where does Hearts in Atlantis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the best but definitely not the worst. King's books are general good and this one didn't disappoint but didn't make me wanna rave about it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Which one? Having five stories there are five endings but the over all arching story I felt it was a semi satisfying ending but it felt sudden and kinda vague.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King and William Hurt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love when King narrates his own stuff, most authors cant do that but he can. I never heard Hurt before but he did a semi decent job, he has a very somber voice and it can drone on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope, this book never really got any reaction from me. Im not sure if its because my young age and the distance from the events that surround the stories and the effected characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read/listen if you are doing the Dark Tower book. Its best if you do this one and Insomnia before book 5: Wolves of the Calla.

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    John Covey 10-16-14
    John Covey 10-16-14
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    "Excellent book, but lose the laugh track music."
    What did you love best about Hearts in Atlantis?

    I loved the book. Excellently written, and excellently performed by both the author and William Hurt. The only problem I had with the book is the cheesy music that they overlay on the end of each chapter. It detracts from the experience; sort of breaks the 4th wall so to speak. The only point where it actually adds to the story is the very end. Otherwise it's like overused laugh tracks in a 70's sit-com. Intrusive, unnecessary, and beneath the level of the work. It's sort of like being in a fine art museum admiring a painting or a sculpture and someone in the room rips a fart. It's that crass. Lose the cheese; leave the ending music, and the book would be five by five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    William Hurt was surprisingly excellent. I believed that he WAS Bobby Garfield! Great read. Stephen King's performance was spot on (as per usual). He wrote the characters; who better to give them voice?!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King and William Hurt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes for King, no for Hurt. Loved both of them. I'm looking for more of Hurt now.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several times I was moved to laughter, and to tears. At one point when (spoiler alert) Sully John was sort of losing it talking about being in Nam I felt very anxious and nauseous. I felt as though I was experiencing the emotions of the character. William Hurt is THAT good!


    Any additional comments?

    As per above; the music almost ruined the book for me. It's got to go. It doesn't belong in the narration, and only fits the story one time; the very end. Otherwise it's like a mustache on a Mona Lisa. NFG.

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    Tom Slama 09-26-14
    Tom Slama 09-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Performance is everything"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hearts in Atlantis to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to the book much more than reading it. I did read it when I was much younger though


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hearts in Atlantis?

    The first story was by far the best, dipping down a little with the next two, and coming back up for the two final stories.


    What about Stephen King and William Hurt ’s performance did you like?

    I began thinking that I would listen to William Hurt read the phone book, but now realize that even if he read something like the Twilight books, I may--even then; only then--listen. Stephen KIng pales by comparison


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    Ruth Bain 09-08-14
    Ruth Bain 09-08-14

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    "A fabulous performance !"

    Absolutely spectacular narration by William Hurt and a compelling (if long) story. Stephen King isn't an actor so his narration pales in comparison, but he does a serviceable job of narrating as well. It was William Hurt's performance that pulled me into this story. One of my favorite audio books ever!

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    Phil OKEMOS, MI, United States 08-28-14
    Phil OKEMOS, MI, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The Best of King, The Best on Audible"

    This is a very compelling. King writes so convincingly from a child's point of view, and to create a compelling story. William Hurt is stunning as narrator and this audio production is the best I have ever heard (out of 200 audio books the past 10 years). This is a typical novel in that is contains 5 novellas. The first is the longest and the best. The other four pick up later in the sixties. The only problem with this audio book is that it has the picture from the dreadful movie of Hearts of Atlantis. Please don't ever go near the movie it will ruin your appreciation for the novel. .

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    Marty Toennies 04-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "please stop the music"
    What made the experience of listening to Hearts in Atlantis the most enjoyable?

    I wasnt sure I would like listening to Stephen King read the book, but I was wrong. Good job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hearts in Atlantis?

    Sullys traffic jam.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King and William Hurt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first for both


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I remember getting angry with Bobbie's mom on several occasions and actually talking to my radio. I had true feeling of anger and hatred toward her fictional character.


    Any additional comments?

    The music between chapters was very annoying and often played over the narration making it difficult to understand.

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    Sandra San Diego, CA, United States 01-15-14
    Sandra San Diego, CA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great, but not Green mile or 11/22/63 Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. As with many of his works, be prepared for more heartbreak than horror. He may be known as the "King of Horror", but he is simply a master story teller. Stephen King makes the routine riveting. To use his own words, he weaves ''that breathless sense of magic, that sense of the world as a thin veneer stretched over something else, something both brighter and darker.'' into our imaginations, giving the flat, ordinary surfaces of everyday life texture and intrigue. I have enjoyed almost everything I've read of Kings, even when the story doesn't speak to me, his writing style never fails to stir something in me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hearts in Atlantis?

    All of the "relationships" in this story are memorable, but for me, none so much as that between 11 year old Bobby Garfield and the other-worldly, white-haired neighbor, Ted Brautigan. At times the chapters are seemingly different stories altogether, married in these extraordinarily ordinary threads, woven so tightly, you can't see the patterns emerge from a distance. From historical moments like the Vietnam war, to pivotal "coming of age" experiences, he creates a world you can step into and it's easy to imagine that you're sitting next to, or inside of, one of his many characters.


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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 11-08-13
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "Simply Unbelieveable"

    I have read and listened to King for years but somehow Hearts in Atlantis had escaped me. I listened almost straight through mesmerized by both the story and the incredible vocal performance by William Hurt. Mr. King I enjoyed, but I have never so completely enjoyed listening to anyone read a story like I did listening to Mr. Hurt. Please listen...it was one of the most enjoyable experiences with a book that I have had in sometime. To me, it is the definitive story of coming of age in the time of America in Vietnam...I know it may not be the most popular thought, but no author is as skilled at exposing the vagaries of the human heart as Mr. King is...thanks to Audible for this rare treat, and incredible pleasure,

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