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"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)
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
Yes for King, no for Hurt. Loved both of them. I'm looking for more of Hurt now.
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!
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.
I enjoyed listening to the book much more than reading it. I did read it when I was much younger though
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.
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
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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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. .
I wasnt sure I would like listening to Stephen King read the book, but I was wrong. Good job.
Sullys traffic jam.
first for both
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.
The music between chapters was very annoying and often played over the narration making it difficult to understand.
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.
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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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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I read this book the first time probably not long after it was originally published. I liked it then. I picked it up both times because I was reading the Dark Tower series and there are links to that in this book. I do recommend it for that reason too.
I had forgotten how good this book is. I loved both of the narrations. I know some people don't care for Stephen King's narration but I do like it. William Hurt's reading was absolutely fantastic. I was blown away by this book. Well worth the credit!
Setphen King is a great storyteller. This is a good example of "crossover" into the general public interest. In other words, (not in the horror story "Genre"). this one, like "Joyland", has other human interest. It points to his diverse ability, which many do not understand that he has.
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