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Hearts in Atlantis Audiobook

Hearts in Atlantis

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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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    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 12-10-07
    Joe 12-10-07 Member Since 2013
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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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    R. Moore Virginia, USA 12-15-06
    R. Moore Virginia, USA 12-15-06 Member Since 2002
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    "One of King's best"

    This is one of the finest books I've ever heard. Absolute brilliant and emotional storytelling. This is King at his finest.

    It was also great, when later reading the Dark Tower series, to be able to connect some of the characters in here to the overall "Big Picture."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Bloomington, IN, USA 04-20-04
    David Bloomington, IN, USA 04-20-04
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    "Some technical production issues but a good story."

    This book is pretty typical of other King Books like Four Seasons, or the Green Mile. So if you're a fan of those, you'll be a fan of this.
    Story-wise this book is enjoyable, and becomes even more so as the book progresses, I particularly liked the college section, from which the book derives its title.
    The only reason this book recieved four stars instead of five, is for a few technical reasons. The first section of the book is read by a voice actor whom I found to be uninteresting. Very monotone and hard to follow at times. The other distracting part in this cut: the producers of this audio book played music in between each chapter. This was extremely annoying. Often the music playing didn't even capture the tone of the book at that particular time.
    All in all, my recomendation is to give the sample a listen, before you commit to downloading it. If you're a King fan (especially a fan of his Dark Tower series) youll like the book. Just make sure first you can stand the voice of the actor reading for the first part of the book. (The middle section atleast is read by Stephen King himself)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A long miss before the hit"

    I purhased Hearts in Atlantis based on the strength of Stephen King's writing and what I assumed would be a great narration by William Hurt. I assumed incorrectly. Hurt isn't without his moments and shines in a few character interpretations, but more often than not he plows through "Low Men in Yellow Coats" in a perpetual run-on sentence, rarely pausing for breath. It's a confusing listen, especially combined with the cheesy music that permeates the first half, always at the worst moments and often drowns Hurt out.

    It might be a little unfair to compare Hurt with the Master himself, who handles the remainder of Hearts and delivers the characters as he woukd have you, Constant Reader, start to envision them, but it's an instantly recognizable improvement over the opening.

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    N Marlene Fleming 10-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Best Book EVER!"

    This is the most amazing book. Stephen King is brillant and at his best in this wonderful and amazing story. The movie was good, but it was only one part of this book. The other parts relate to the first, but in a strange and moving way. I could listen to this book a hundred times and never tire of it. The first part is read by William Hurt--amazing narrator! He is so perfect for the first story about the kids. Then you are jarred out of his reading by Stephen King reading the second part. His voice matches the weird and crazy events in the second part. Hurt again reads the third part, and you are relieved to have this story and his soothing voice again. brilliantly crafted writing and narration. I love this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Evans California 09-24-10
    Jason Evans California 09-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    William Hurt's reading of this novel is absolutely beautiful. Not all narrators of audiobooks are capable of bringing so much emotion, and life to the book's characters as Mr. Hurt. In addition, Stephen King narrates as well. King is probably my favorite narrator of his books. This is exemplified in his reading of Bag of Bones. In the beginning King's voice seems somewhat tight, but after an hour he finds his groove and the result swallows the listener until the end. In Hearts in Atlantis, William Hurt's acting talents bring the characters to life. His cadence and understanding of the of the words, and how they should be read result, in a very engaging, and emotional story.

    Additionally, anyone who is a fan of The Gunslinger series will feel right at home with this one. As with most of King's books, reading The Gunslinger first will give the reader much of insight into most of King's other books (and King's universe). It is no different with this one. Without spoiling the story, I will just say that this book tells of a character from Rowland's world, and how he went "on vacation".

    Any fan of Stephen King needs to read this book. I am often guilty of reading a book's synopsis, and deciding that "I'll pass on this one because it just doesn't sound intriguing enough". In these cases that is a sure sign to indeed read the book. Quite often it is these books that hold your attention most, and give the most in return for your time (Insomnia).

    In short, give ALL of King's books a chance. They do not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph K. Dominic 04-18-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome Book"

    I initially thought the music was a distraction but after the first couple of chapters I found that it added to the effect of the story and was a good addition.

    I thought William Hurt did an excellent job reading and found Stephen Kings readings to be just outstanding.
    I have been a long time King fan (since the early 80's and have found having the books read to me even though I am somewhat familiar with the story only adds to the experience.

    Awesome story Highly reccomended.




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    Troy Dawson 11-07-09
    Troy Dawson 11-07-09
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    "Best Reading of any Book I've heard yet"

    I read this book when it was first released, and decided to rediscover it mainly due to it's connection to The Dark Tower. (which I am also re-discovering through audio.)
    The story was not very memorable when I read it on paper, but William Hurt's reading has completely brought it into a new perspective for me. I am absolutely enjoying the hell out of this audio book! It is coming to life in a way that the printed version never did for me. Perhaps it's partially because I'm several years older, but I think it's mainly due to the emotion, the vitality and the CONVICTION with which the story is being read. It captures the weariness of Ted Brautigan, the desperate selfishness of Liz Garfield, and the wonder of life as seen from Bobby's eyes. Fantastic.
    I hope that many more of Stephen King's books can be adapted to audio with Mr. Hurt at the Microphone.

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    Clarence Portage, MI, USA 09-03-09
    Clarence Portage, MI, USA 09-03-09
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    "Hearts in Atlants"

    Fantastic, Best thing I've read or listened to from Stephen King.I relived the 60's and it definitely brought back memories.It makes you want to ask Stephen King if he was ever in jail in Chicago.Stephen King does one heck of a job narrating his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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