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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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    Steve Sharon, MA, USA 01-15-03
    Steve Sharon, MA, USA 01-15-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."

    I've listened to hundreds of recorded books over past twenty years. This is my favorite. I was never much of a Stephen King fan. This changed that. I am, however, a huge admirer of actor (and reader) William Hurt. As far as I know, this is only recorded book he's performed.

    The book starts with "last summer" of young boy's childhood in the late 1950's. And Hurt's reading of every boy, girl, lonely parent, friend, scumbag and guardian angel is absolutely real. Stephen King also reads a central portion of book and he's just fine - Funny as hell in fact, when recounting "his" college years in the 60's and amazingly touching - when reading the chapter about Vietnam Vet/Street Beggar 'Blind Willy'.

    It's not horror, not really fantasy - although there's a supernatural thread that runs through the story, which took me a little off-guard when it first appeared, but I completely got caught up in. It's one of many layers in this amazingly well written and performed book. They should all be this good.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Houston, Tx. USA 08-17-09
    Bruce Houston, Tx. USA 08-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Unforgettable Audio Performance!"

    I have read or listened to most all of Stephen Kings work. This is the only audio book that I have listened to multiple times. (Five times now.) William Hurt's reading performance is what brings me back again and again. Without a doubt, the best narration I have heard! He brings the story to life! Thank You Mr. King..........Bravo William Hurt!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-16-05
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-16-05 Member Since 2002
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    "King at his best"

    While this is not one of King's horror books, it is truly him at his best! The book is thoroughly interesting, the characters well-developed and thought-provoking. At first the 5 separate stories don't seem related, but they are all pulled together by having at least one or two characters in common. The book made me wonder what exactly happened in Vietnam... what life was like for those growing up in the 60s and 70s... I really couldn't put the book down and listened even when my mom came to visit!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Micheal Tyler, TX, USA 12-31-07
    Micheal Tyler, TX, USA 12-31-07
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    "Hearts in Atlantis"

    The Stand and Green Mile were milestone books but, Hearts in Atlantis is King’s masterpiece

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Pearl River, NY, USA 05-18-04
    Gordon Pearl River, NY, USA 05-18-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Absolutely Riveting"

    I haven't read much Steven King as horror isn't really my genre, but I so thoroughly enjoyed On Writing that I picked this up on a whim - and it is one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I've had. William Hurt's performance is fantastic, the stories a gentle melange of nostalgia, fantasy, history and horror. It enveloped me so much I sat in my driveway for the last hour. If you haven't experienced any Steven King before, forget what you think you know about him and pick this up. I'd recommend this title to anyone and everyone who loves a great story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Alameda, CA, USA 04-08-06
    Laurie Alameda, CA, USA 04-08-06
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    "Still the best I've heard."

    I've been an audible listener for 5 years. This is still the best book I've ever heard. It sticks with me. I loved it. I'll probably listen to it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-13-11
    Allan Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "among the best of King"

    This is among the best Stephen King books, in my opinion. A fairly sublime blend of magic and melancholy, its an exploration of the 1960s through several intertwining stories with a sort of lyrical sci-fi touch that doesn't disrupt its seriousness (it lightly brushes against the Dark Tower series). Theres a sort of nostalgia and pathos here that you'll remember long afterwards. The movie only covers about 20 % of this. HIGHLY recommend. Not horror, FYI.

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 02-16-10
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 02-16-10
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    "Loved it."

    My husband happened to rent this movie and after I saw it I had to hear the book. A lot of people didn't like William Hurt's narration but I loved it. The tones and inflections were just right. The story is awesome. A great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe West Jordan, UT, USA 12-10-07
    Joe West Jordan, UT, USA 12-10-07
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    "Hearts"

    This was one of the better audible books I have listened to. Stephen King knows how to tell gripping sotries and in this book you have multiple ones that all coincide. It is a difference of night and day to the movie and to listen to this tale unfold is to listed to different eras of life and the the songs, stlyes and memories of the people who lived them. I would recommend this audible book to anyone. The music, while strange at first, makes a lot of sense and adds to the story line as it progresses.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Spring, TX, United States 03-16-12
    Joshua Spring, TX, United States 03-16-12
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    "A Perfect Novel"

    Hearts in Atlantis is the best writing I believe King has ever done. The way the stories connect like missing pieces to a puzzle is amazing. Also an ending that gives you closure and a peace that you don't really expect through out the novel. It gives you many different glimpses of life in the 60's from childhood to college to the Vietnam War All experienced by different characters. The book keeps you feeling a tinge of sadness throughout it of growing up and growing apart all the way up until the last 30min when you truly feel satisfied with the conclusion. I know for me after each story I couldn't wait to see who might get revisited next and if perhaps some character we had seen the last of. Although not typical King this story is still so enthralling that some of the real images described are more horrifying than anything from Kings other works (The Vietnam War). I love Kings terrifying novels but I must put this a little ahead of the rest. With DT references and short stories and novellas that all come together I truly believe this book is for anyone whether your a die hard King fan, enjoy short stories or novels, or just looking for a great story of life and friendship, Hearts in Atlantis is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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