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Hearts in Atlantis Audiobook

Hearts in Atlantis

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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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    Chris 10-10-16
    Chris 10-10-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story. Mixed performance."

    Even when I first read the book, I always liked everything after "Low Men in Yellow Coats" far more than I liked that story.

    Add in William Hurt's near-catatonic reading of that story, and it was a slog to get through (I had to speed it up to 1.25x or risk falling asleep).

    Thankfully, the rest of the book was interesting enough, and King's reading of most of it inoffensive enough that it gets a largely positive score.

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    laura 10-07-16
    laura 10-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Read"

    If you love King's children characters this is your next read. William Hurt is wonderful as a reader/performer😎

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    Rolanda PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-25-16
    Rolanda PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-25-16 Member Since 2007
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    "fantastic listen, great book."

    First let me say that William Hurt was the perfect narrator for the beginning of the story. It made the whole story come alive. I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this book to be instantly immersed in the story. Even though I had seen the movie , I still found the book especially fascinating. There was so much more depth and meaning to the situations.

    I will be recommending this book to friends and family as an excellent read or listen and hope they will take my advice because they will be thankful that they did. Having grown up in the fifties and sixties myself, I could relate to the situations in home and College and though I was not a Vietnam veteran , I certainly saw everything that was on the television and in the news and in the movies and really could relate to the stories of the guys in this book. I had friends and relatives of friends who were there, some did not return, some came back changed forever.

    Don't pass this up. It is a fantastic book.

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    Sophiea T. 09-03-16
    Sophiea T. 09-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful stories that intertwine"

    Not the typical King supernatural story but it gives a nod to the Dark Tower series and that was great. This story is a tapestry that surrounds 3 characters from age 10-50. William Hurt is an amazing narrator. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5, is because of the annoying music. Every time I really got into the story, I'd be interrupted by blasting music. GET RID OF IT!!! It doesn't enhance the story at all.

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    J. Freudenberg Thousand Oaks, CA United States 07-15-16
    J. Freudenberg Thousand Oaks, CA United States 07-15-16
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    "Amazing"

    I've been a Stephen King fan for 35 years and this was my first experience with an audio version of one I his books. I was captivated by the way both Hurt and King read these stories. I'm sad it's over. Hoping to find another one, just as good. Wish me luck!

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    J. Meade Georgia, USA 06-04-16
    J. Meade Georgia, USA 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "May be William Hurt's Best Work"
    Where does Hearts in Atlantis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hearts in Atlantis?

    In the prologue - Low Men in Yellow Coats - when you feel the character of Bobby shift from a nice, determined 11 year old into an older, wizened, and less nice near-grown-up


    What about Stephen King and William Hurt ’s performance did you like?

    I thought William Hurt's performance and voice was absolutely perfect for this book. I have never been a huge fan of him as an actor, but cast in the narrator role for this audio book he was simply superb. I LOVE the writing of Stephen King, but I am lukewarm about his abilities narrating his own work. I can't put my finger on it - whether it is tenor or pronunciation - just what exactly, but I think his work fares better when actors perform his work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    On numerous occasions I found myself laughing out loud and tearing up. That, to me, is a sign of great writing, and great story-telling.


    Any additional comments?

    The only beef - and it is minor - that I have with the work of Stephen King is his unabashed liberal slant. I don't share those views, and it sometimes takes the edge off my enjoyment of his work, but his writing is just so darned compelling (most of the time) that I can get past it, and lose myself in the characters.

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    JD Fairbanks, AK, United States 06-02-16
    JD Fairbanks, AK, United States 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Was worried"

    At first about the narration. Somewhere about chapter 3 I think, William Hurt finally got into it and lost the bored, uninterested, and monotone reading and came right to life! If he hadn't it would have killed a great story. At times the long pauses made me wonder if my phone was getting ready to ring. Got used to it though. Still in the middle of the audiobook with King narrating. Jury is still out on this part. I'd listen to Hearts in Atlantis again knowing what I know now!

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    Douglas 05-26-16
    Douglas 05-26-16
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    "disappointing"

    this book was good for the first couple hour but seemed to struggle to grasp any real main storyline I have listened to a lot of Steven kings work and have love all of them besides this one, the book end with a very boring and uninteresting ending, he builds up characters that don't seem to add anything to the story, I really hope that these characters show up in more of his books because I know most of his book tie into the dark tower but this one is very minimal it seems, please if this is the first Steven king book you are planning to read or listen to DONT! start with something like revival or the dark tower series and you will not be dissapointed for over all performance this book had a very good narrater but the book fell flat.

    if you want some more suggestions
    IT (I've listen to it 3 times it was just as good each time)
    The dark tower series (my favorite)
    Mr mercades
    Finders keepers
    The Shining
    Pet cemetery
    Salems lot
    Revival (again)
    and more I can't think of off my head

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    William M. Pope II The Power Kingdom, aka Poughkeepsie, NY 03-23-16
    William M. Pope II The Power Kingdom, aka Poughkeepsie, NY 03-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Sounds dull in the beginning but it's a great listen"

    The narrator does seem a little off but it really works for how the story was written. For the two stories not directly involving bobby Mr King narrates and it's pretty cool to hear him read his own story how he thinks it should be read. Overall a great read or listen and it of course has a little to do with the dark tower... Teds Connecticut adventure!

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    dougom Austin, TX 03-05-16
    dougom Austin, TX 03-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "My view only"

    I have listened to many audio books, including some done by celebrities. Some simply don't work in audio format IMO—Matthew Broderick's read of "The End Of the Whole Damn Mess" is bad, especially how he insists on emphasizing the word "caldera"—while OTOH Justin Long brings some interesting nuance to "Everything's Eventual". (And I adore Kathy Bates' take on "Chattery Teeth.") So I wondered how William Hurt, who clearly went to the same Odd Vocal Delivery school as Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken.

    It so happens that for me, Hurt is absolutely perfect, at least for "Low Men in Yellow Coats". A slice of life piece almost as much as a horror story, Hurt's sometimes-odd inflections and pauses fit just perfectly to the odd subject matter of the story. And his mild changes of voice––especially for the character of Ted, for whom he puts on an exhausted, weary mien––are very effective.

    I won't speak to the other tales, but as "Low Men" takes up such a big portion of this collection, I think it's fair to say I find it excellent. Not perfect––I haven't read a perfect King story yet––but damn fine.

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