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Hearts In Atlantis

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Stephen King, William Hurt

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2001

Duration: 20 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war -- and the protests against it -- had flooded America's living rooms for a decade. 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 "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood and 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, 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 haunted as their own lives. And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, and his heart's desire may await him. Full of danger, suspense, and full of heart, Hearts In Atlantis takes 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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  • Brian e

    Excellent book. Loved the first story the most. William hurt took a bit to get into the pace of his narration but turned out to be one of the best narrators I've listened to.

  • craig s

    This has been a very intriguing book. I have listened to this book many years earlier. when I listen to it the first time it was sort of hard to get into, though I did like the first Story. but this time I really enjoyed the book. but the first story is still my favorite. the narrators were very good both of them and I've always enjoyed listening to Stephen King the way he reads. I recommend this book because I grew up in the 60s.

  • Mike morgan

    I consider this to be one of Kings finest works, as I have both read and listened to this book more than once. How he weaves each of the 4 stories into one is interesting. The first story of Bobby Garfield is by far the best of the Bunch, I love the line about the neighbors dog Bowser barking his way into the 20th century. Narration by William Hurt has to be one of the greatest performances I have heard since I listened to Cannery Row. He is 6 stars good. Even King isn't so bad in the middle stories, but Hurt nails it. You have to listen to this book, especially if you grew up in the late 50s, the 60s or early 70s.