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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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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 11-20-16
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 11-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "You need to listen to this at 1.25 speed. The story was great! The narrator sadly, not so much. The speed is the solution."

    I was so looking forward to listening to "Hearts in Atlantis". I love Stephen King and have been listening to everyone of his books. The story is great...

    But here's the problem... William Hurt is either drunk, stoned or just doesn't understand how to read to an audience. You end up paying attention to his fumbling and insane pregnant pauses and the story becomes lost to you. It's like he's drunkenly waxing poetic about words in a language that he doesn't quite understand.
    Now here's the important part... there's a solution. Speed up the time that the audio is played in to 1.25. It totally closes the ridiculous gaps and allows you to stop hearing the guy reading and start listening to the story.

    Stephen King is a fantastic story teller and this story is no exception. I would love it if it had been read by someone else, someone who was invested in it.

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    Timo 11-05-16
    Timo 11-05-16
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    "A Little Known Gem Shines!"

     This book has solidified in my mind that Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. How much nostalgia, heartache, sweetness, light and darkness can you cram into one collection of stories? A lot - and your time, money, or Audible credits won't be wasted. For fans, a nice unexpected connection to The Dark Tower series - but not required pre-reading. Regarding production: William Hurt does a wonderful job in the bookend stories - I'd like to hear more read by him. Stephen King: You've grown in your narration skills - and I've grown to enjoy them. Lastly, kudos to the music team - really rounded out the feel. "Read" this book.

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    Mike Stevens 11-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stephen King -Masterful Storyteller "

    King rarely fails to deliver the best in story telling. This however was not one of his best works and leaves several unanswered questions for the listener. This was not due to a shortage of time as this story takes a very long time to complete.

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    Jon Lambert 10-17-16
    Jon Lambert 10-17-16
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    "Monotone performance"

    William Hurt is a decent actor, but the voice reading of this book is so monotone that it ruins the story for me. Also, the guitar playing between chapters drowns out what Mr. Hurt is saying and is even more annoying.

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    mark ELMWOOD, IL, United States 10-13-16
    mark ELMWOOD, IL, United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm so confused"

    at times I loved it, and at times I hated it. so any stories all in one

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    Flinlock 10-11-16
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    "what a story "

    Stephen King is a surprisingly good Narrator. story is awesome, love the tie ins to his other books.

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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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    KittyK 10-07-16
    KittyK 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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