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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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    Paul Scunthorpe, North Lincs, United Kingdom 05/12/2007
    Paul Scunthorpe, North Lincs, United Kingdom 05/12/2007
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    "Fantastic"

    An outstanding book made into an equally outstanding audiobook. Whether a Stephen King fan or not this book is a must. Despite reading this a few years ago I could hardly turn it off once I started listening. The magic I remembered from reading it was still there. Cannot recommend it enough.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Borbála London, United Kingdom 11/01/2014
    Borbála London, United Kingdom 11/01/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Remarkable story telling - NOT HORROR"
    What made the experience of listening to Hearts in Atlantis the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King is an amazing story teller. I enjoyed the characters and the drama. I'm not saying I wouldn't have enjoyed more mystery but it could have taken over the book for the harm of the literary enjoyment, which I'm afraid happened for me in Shining. (I'm not bashing Shining it was good but the last few chapters veered off into so much horror there was little room left for literature.)
    This is not only not horror, or supernatural thriller, there is very little of the supernatural in it. And that too only in the first story, the other ones have none.
    It is made up of five stories, which could be read independently of each other but they are inter-connected by the characters. The first story is read by William Hurt, the next two by Stephen King and the last two by William Hurt again.


    What other book might you compare Hearts in Atlantis to, and why?

    Stephen King has published another collection of short stores called Different Seasons where among some others he published a novella called "The Body" (the original of the brilliant movie called Stand By Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (the original of the brilliant movie called Shawshank Redemption). I'm sure anyone that liked Hearts in Atlantis would enjoy that one too.


    What does William Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As I said, the book is made up of five stories, which could be read independently of each other but they are related in the characters. The first story is read by William Hurt, the next two by Stephen King and the last two by William Hurt again. This has caused some frustration for some people as I have seen in several reviews because the title information only mentions William Hurt and some were very disappointed. One of them even called one of the narrators "irksome", which to me sound like a very bold exaggeration.
    The two narrators could not sound any more different from each other. In style, in pace, in voice, in atmosphere, they communicate very differently. Hurt, melancholic, contemplative, slow, sometimes very VERY slooow, King cool, very relaxed, (an excellent impersonator too), I had to get used to both. At the very beginning of the first story where Hurt starts to narrate and then at the beginning of the second story where King takes over, there was a lot of rewinding because I found it difficult at first to even pay attention and hear the story. But once I got used to them I started enjoying the listening and realised that they were both excellent narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If not all in one sitting, I found myself very motivated to keep listening. I found it helpful to know that the stories are connected because I wanted to know who will turn up in the next one and what I'll get to know about them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a supernatural thriller or horror, this is not it! Don't buy it because you will be disappointed. But if you enjoy good story telling, very well developed and detailed characters and drama, you will probably like this audiobook.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 14/11/2016
    Wras 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Lest they depart from thy heart"

    all the days of thy life.



    “Sometimes when you're young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you're living on someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up and our hearts break into two.”
    ― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis


    “It was the kiss by which all the others of his life would be judged and found wanting.”
    ― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis




    A glimpse of the Tower seeping into our world, a remembrance of a war lost in all fronts, the unifying line of love a woman can build even when she was not a woman; one of King’s best books but also perhaps his least commercial. That is why I love it most.


    This is not horror but the best north american magical reality, four stories unified by one character and the magic of being young, Stephen King is not respected like literary authors but here he shows that he has a message that will extend into the future and overtake all the pedantic disregard with an understanding and a creation of america few have achieved. Like Spielberg he is at his best when letting us see the world through a child's eye, he makes all that wander sparkle with life.


    The first story is without a doubt the easiest to like and most authors would have sold it as a single book, but he had more to say so we get three other stories that round up the message and takes us to uncomfortable realities of a time of war a time that changed all that stood in that period; in ways the young of today can not understand, it was the first revision of a culture the first questioning of a nation by its youth and a rebellion that changed the world order, music, dress, drugs, and how we love. It was a revolution that still divides the hawks and doves of this world, it is that guilt the West fills when it exercises it strength.


    “Come to a book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it, and draw your own map.... A book is like a pump. It gives nothing unless first you give to it. ”
    ― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis


    “It was how wars really ended, Dieffenbaker supposed -- not at truce tables but in cancer wards and office cafeterias and traffic jams. Wars died one tiny piece at a time, each piece something that fell like a memory, each lost like an echo that fades in winding hills. In the end even war ran up the white flag. Or so he hoped. He hoped that in the end even war surrendered.”
    ― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Pillinger Stroud Gloucestershire 02/05/2013
    David Pillinger Stroud Gloucestershire 02/05/2013 Member Since 2016

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    "William Hurt. Oh Dear Oh Dear."

    Wonderful story. In my opinion it's Stephen King's best, and he's produced some very good books over the years. But dear oh dear. What possessed Audible to have William Hurt as the narrator? The man seems barely able to read. I thought he was an actor but his delivery is all wrong. He gets all the inflections and stresses in the wrong places and punctuation seems to be a bit of a mystery to him.

    Ok, I accept that not everybody can be as good as Stephen Fry for example but this bloke just hasn't got it at all. Such a disappointment.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Why the music?"

    The worst audio book I've listened to so far. It seems that random department store music was deemed appropriate at the beginning and end of chapters. This music drowned out the narration and detracted from the delivery in a major way for me.

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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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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