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Hearts in Atlantis Audiobook

Hearts in Atlantis

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Publisher's Summary

Hearts in Atlantis is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats", 11-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighbourhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers, but at the heart of the terror.

In the title story, a group of college students get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest...and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

In "Blind Willie" 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 as haunted -- as their own lives.

And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling", this remarkable book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.

Full of danger and suspense, most of all full of heart, Hearts in Atlantis will take some listeners to a place they have never been, and others to a place they have never been able to completely leave.

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©1999 Stephen King; (P)1999 Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote's, is so fluid that you often forget that you're reading." (Guardian)

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    Gill 14/10/2016
    Gill 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not amazing"
    What did you like best about Hearts in Atlantis? What did you like least?

    Written in two parts, I enjoyed the first half with a very interesting character which gave a real twist, but the second half dragged on for me losing the main character!A book more about relationships, based in the sixties, tells the story of a group of children and their experiences, then in the second half about them moving on to adulthood .<br/
    No matter what, Kings amazing writing does not let you down and keeps you interested until the end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The Hitchhiker 12/05/2016
    The Hitchhiker 12/05/2016
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    "Huh!"

    You can lose the thread now and then, but still, a wonderful book that takes you back to your childhood. I would even go as far to say, this is the closest I've ever been to time travel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/04/2016
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    "Window into American Souls"

    William Hurt's performance is superb. A gripping and personal insight into a period of modern American history, laced with surreal / magical moments. Vietnam is laid bare.

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    Barbara lobaj 19/04/2016
    Barbara lobaj 19/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "hearts in atlantis"

    I love Stephen Kings books, always have, but none has ever brought a tear to my eye like this one just has. Bravo Mr King, one of the best books you have written, in my own personal view.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 05/02/2016
    Dean 05/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but the performance is mixed."

    The story is pretty typical S.K and is mostly enjoyable but the narration hurt my head. William hurt has an oddly staccato style taking long pauses mid sentence which I found irritating. 2 parts are read by King himself and these I found much more enjoyable. King should read his own work more often.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Barfoot 06/11/2015
    Daniel Barfoot 06/11/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A beautiful piece, ALMOST spoiled by the narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Hearts in Atlantis the most enjoyable?

    The content. The writing was among King's best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's sensitivity


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

    Anybody ... absolutely anybody, Stephen should have done the whole thing. Hurt rarely captures the mood or the purpose of a sentence or moment. He also has a gratingly irritating tendency to roll between sentences like he's late for the bus. Very annoying.


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

    Laugh some, smile a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    The book, as wonderful as it was, was almost ruined as an experience for me due to Hurt's choice of style. I'm sure some people dig it but I can't stand it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jenn 05/06/2015
    jenn 05/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "ok"

    I felt the narrator wasn't right for this story. I preferred reading it to the audio version

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    Gary Bristol, United Kingdom 30/04/2015
    Gary Bristol, United Kingdom 30/04/2015 Member Since 2016

    Lives in Bristol, works in Reading; Product Manager by day, keen cyclist at all other times. Season ticket holder at Bristol RFC.

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    "Rarely for a SK book, got a little bored"

    Having read a handful of SKs books in recent months, very much looked forward to reading this one as I did with all the others.

    Yes, the customary richness of characterisation and dialogue.

    Yes, all the exacting detail you'd expect from SK when walking you through a moment or moment s in time.

    Yes, I'll no doubt read any / all other SK books in the future.

    But ... Was not as hooked as normal - I could happily book this one down. Found myself flipping to other books for a bit of light refreshment for a pick me up mid chapters / mid book. Plus, the ending did not have the normal ass kicking, thought provoking ending that other SK titles have / had.

    Rarely, sorry to say it - don't bother.

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    omah 16/04/2015
    omah 16/04/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Not his best"

    I struggled to finish this story. I am a huge King fan but this jumped around to much and didnt really explain the story.

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    David 21/03/2015
    David 21/03/2015 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not for me"

    I love Stephen King, I'm a big fan of his work, having read most. But there is something about his short story collections that don't quite work. These short stories are loosely linked but with the exception of the first and final story they're hard work, with very little happening and without the length in the narrative to even care about the characters. I think I will stick to his full novels in future. Oh and please leave the speaking to the professionals, King does not do a good job in narrating.

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    Salisbury North, Australia
    11/02/13
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    "read it again"

    I read (listened} to hearts 10 years ago I loved part 1and 3
    but was a little put off by the middle. However,overall it was a pleasure.
    It does provoke a certain sadness for the main character,Bobby.
    If you want to go back in time to your own youth,be prepared for
    the journey. The music is great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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