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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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    Cris NH, United States 03-16-17
    Cris NH, United States 03-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I was skeptical, but I'm glad I went for it"

    Although this book is a collection of separate stories, they all weave together nicely. I really enjoyed the overall story and think it's one of the better King books I've listened to.

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    Jon Mukilteo, WA, United States 03-15-17
    Jon Mukilteo, WA, United States 03-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "He must have been on drugs when he wrote this"

    SK is my favorite writer, but come on, WTF is this book about? Either I'm too shallow to understand it, or I just don't have access to the same drugs. It'll finally be over in an hour, so I'm proud I at least made myself listen to the whole book, but I have no idea what I forced myself to listen to. The first portion of the book wasn't that bad, but then it switched stories, and narrators to SK, and it his been a sh1t show since then.

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    Larry Dunkirk 03-10-17
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    "I never grow tired of this audiobook. "

    I've read this book probably 3 times, and listened to this audiobook 3 times as well. Such a great story and I love the last story, 1999, it is such a great and happy ending. The music in the audiobook version just adds to the story. Give the audiobook a try if you've never listened to it.

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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 03-08-17
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful"
    Where does Hearts in Atlantis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It touched my heart in ways I was surprised to find. Normally the music between chapters is annoying, this music was perfect. William Hurt is unbelievable. I would suggest a person listen to this book just to hear Mr. Hurt.The story is a few novelettes starting with a group of three friends and following then with a loose thread through to middle age.


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

    I was touched when Bobby meets Carol as adults.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King and William Hurt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I did not know that William Hurt reads any other of Stephen King's books, but if I found another I would buy it immediately.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the dorm guys protect and then defend the disabled student was really well written


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    Emily 01-21-17
    Emily 01-21-17
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    "great story."

    This book was not what I expected from a Stephen King story, but great nonetheless!! It wasn't his typical horror story. The narration and music was great! I recommend the story.

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    Robert W. Sheets 01-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A insightful look at an look at the Vietnam era, before, during, after."

    I saw the movie and thought there must be a lot more to the book. There is a lot more to the book. William Hurt is an excellent narrator and Steven King is not just a great writer but a most excellent story teller.

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    Rick 01-05-17
    Rick 01-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect for a long distance drive!"

    Stephen King explores the viewpoints of several different players struggling with the before, the during and after of the Vietnam War. Great book but might be a little too cerebral for some.

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    barbara a. youngs 12-20-16
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    "From the storyteller King!"

    King has been my favorite storyteller since "Carrie". I didn't realize there was so much more to "Atlantis" than the movie. Thank you for Audible since my eyes have grown too tired to read. As always, books give better depth than movies. This novel shares such a deep variety of emotions ala Mr. King. William Hurt's narration is as masterful as his acting!

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    Natasha Reed 12-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, narration could be much better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this audible version of the book. While William Hurt may be an excellent actor, he is not a great narrator. While Stephen King may be an excellent writer, he should not be narrating his stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fantastic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration became so poor when Stephen Kind started, I had to stop the audible and buy the book to read the remaining content. Narrating a book is a phenomenal talent, and neither William Hurt no Stephen King are up for it. Frank Muller or George Guidall could've killed it and this would easily fall into a top favorite for audible books, as the story is fantastic. However, the narrators took away from the audible book completely.

    Specifically for William Hurt: The constant bored tone, the irregular breathing, the gurgling swallowing sounds when reading long, intense passages? These things are excruciating for true audible book fans.

    Stephen King: You're awesome. Please. Don't read your own books. They're too fantastic not to be turned over to amazing narrators like George Guidall.


    Any additional comments?

    Actors and writers: please leave narrating audio books to the professionals.

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    Amazon Customer 12-17-16
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    "Ensnared from first chapter "

    holds the attention of the readers and drags you into the characters world

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