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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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    Julie A. Soard 06-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What the heck story is only 10 hrs"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would but I would make sure they know that the story is only 10 hrs not 20 at the Audio book suggest.


    What does Stephen King and William Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I hated William Hurt at first but after 30 minutes I realized that he was the only one who could of told this story.


    Do you think Hearts in Atlantis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No they kind of ruined it by the story that followed something about the war.


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    Michelle 05-28-15
    Michelle 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my favorite Stephen King"

    Felt very disconnected. As if two stories were put together and (other than a character in a different time and setting) had no relation to the other.

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    Michael F. Peters 04-26-15

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    "It's all about the first story of the 3"

    Fist the good. The first story is great. Puts you into the 50s America where the Crimson King is up to no good. Good characters and read very well by William Hurt. It's comparable to insomnia as the storyline goes.

    Now the bad. Everything after the first story is filler. All about college and war and nothing Stephen King. Maybe it's because I wasn't 18 during the Vietnam War but I don't understand his motivation to write this and put it out for his readers. It's read by Steven King... so if you like his voice you're good. If you don't than stop after the first story.

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    Paul L Evans 04-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Read!"

    Any of King's writings that refer to the"Dark Tower" series is a hit with me.
    Low Men in Yellow Coats". Wow!

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    James 02-11-15
    James 02-11-15
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    "Love"

    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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