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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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