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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.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Hearts in Atlantis

I have loved Stephen Kings books for a coons age they have always brought me. grate joy and Hearts in Atlantis is 1 of those books The nation was awesome Thank you Willism Hert And Stephen king Loved it 💖💖💖💖💖🔥

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Yet another masterpiece by Stephen King.

I absolutely loved the beginning and the end however I found the middle very disturbing.

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The writing by King and narration of this book by William Hurt is great, shame they then switched to King mid way through the narration and played some horrible music at full volume every ten minutes, it cuts into the story and doesn’t match the mood or tone of the story and is absolutely unnecessary. This is the second Stephen King audio book ruined in this fashion.

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Can reread and reread in connection to The Dark Tower series and other connections

After being a Stephen long fan for almost 20 years and more than half my lifetime I find that I can always go back and take new things from his interconnected stories. After reading the Dark Tower series ten years or so ago I have revelled in revisiting his other books which previously had felt I hadn’t fully understood. Hearts in Atlantis was always one I recalled fondly but could not always remember why. Now after hearing it read by William Hurt and Stephen King, alongside delightful musical interludes between chapters and storyline’s, I can say it is a favourite for how it stands alone and how it connects to the broader Dark Tower universe. I love how it takes you through the early activism of the 1960s and political agenda in America during this time, to the 1980s and 90s where the aftermath of the Vietnam war can be alluded to. Additionally the characters Stephen King creates are always so engaging, relatable and with many layers of complexity. I look forward to revisiting other earlier stories that contain Dark Tower references or connections.

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  • 11-02-2013

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!

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  • Lyndel
  • 22-04-2018

Stunning in every way. Beautiful rich narration.

Wonderful book, a coming of age for 11yo Booby when he meets Ted, the new tenant. Bobby loves Ted, to the boy he’s the Father he never had, the mentor who walks through his 11 year old life when Bobby and his mother lives are in turmoil. There are wonderful other character here too., it’s exciting and thought and challenges your concepts. I think having are beliefs challenged is the sign of a pretty good book. William Hurt narrates and it is his talent that delivers the richest narrations ever heard in the thousands of Audio books I’ve listened to.

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