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Hearts in Atlantis | [Stephen King]

Hearts in Atlantis

All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.
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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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    Alyssa 07-19-12
    Alyssa 07-19-12 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "Horrible Music"

    This audio book commits that cardinal sin of all audio content, the unforgivable, it plays poorly chosen loud interstitial music over the narrator. The upbeat big band music chosen for the dramatic scenes of this book does not fit by any stretch of the imagination and completely ruins the experience. This is definitely a book you need to get in print, give the audio version a wide berth.

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    Georgianna Abbott 02-20-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wake me up when its over"

    I only got halfway through the book reading it when it came out. I was just to bored to finish. However, I love audio books and have found some that work as audio but I would not want to read. William Hurt's reading had to be the worst reading I have ever heard. He sounds bored to death or stoned alternately. Easy to sleep by if thats what you are looking for.

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    Paul Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 05-18-09
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    "Superb"

    This was my fave King book and it is also my fave Audiobook of all time. I dont know why some people review this badly? It was amazing. The use of the music was brilliantly done and William Hurt read this amazingly. As this is my fave book of all time, if the reading was done poorly, I would have been VERY CRITICAL. I cant be though. This was SUPERB.

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    Peggy Sparks, OK, USA 01-28-09
    Peggy Sparks, OK, USA 01-28-09 Member Since 2008
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    I had read the first part of this book and found it very good reading, but found John Hurt's
    reading of it extremely good listening and was disappointed for a few minutes when Stephen King began reading( but of course really enjoyed his
    reading) was glad to hear John Hurt read the final part. The music is very short pieces at the end of some chapters and found it to add to the book.

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    John 10-17-08
    John 10-17-08
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    Wonderful book, excellent read.... Keeps you wanting more. Just hate the music. Too loud! It is overpowering and you have to turn down the volume until it ceases.

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    B. Simms Indiana 12-23-07
    B. Simms Indiana 12-23-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Read"

    This is a terrific book. As always, I'm impressed by the author's ability to write convincingly from a child's point of view, and to create a compelling story. William Hurt is stunning as narrator, and Stephen King is also excellent.

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    Pamela HarrogateUnited Kingdom 12-07-05
    Pamela HarrogateUnited Kingdom 12-07-05
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    Struggled a bit with the reader's way of reading but ok book all in all.

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    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 01-02-07
    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 01-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    This book is so very slow.......

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    Alison Reading, MA, United States 06-19-04
    Alison Reading, MA, United States 06-19-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Could not finish."

    Things were going so well with William Hurt narrating the first story of this audio book. His Narration was terrific, and the story was great. However, once I started part two, I was bored, and King's narration was very unpleasant to me. Perhaps I'll pick it up again soon, but for now, "Hearts in Atlantis" is on the shelf.

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    Vic Calhoun, GA, USA 10-12-04
    Vic Calhoun, GA, USA 10-12-04
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    "Didn't hang together"

    I liked this book and the reading. When I finished part 3 I went back to audible to see if maybe there was a 4th part I had missed. For me this book just did not hang together. The low men in yellow coats, blind willie, the college years - although loosley connected I couldn't see the reason for all of these stories being in the same book - there was little to connect the characters. The last part was the final straw - I won't give anything away here - but I couldn't find credibility.

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