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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"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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"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!
"Good but not amazing"
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"A beautiful piece, ALMOST spoiled by the narrator"
The content. The writing was among King's best.
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.
Laugh some, smile a lot.
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.
I felt the narrator wasn't right for this story. I preferred reading it to the audio version
"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.
"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.
"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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