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Hearts In Atlantis (All You Want to Know)
Hearts In Atlantis - All You Want to Know
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ISBN-13: 9780671582357
ISBN-10: 0671582356
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Edition: Unabridged
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4 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Audioworks
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
I couldn't put this one down until I finished it. I love Stephen King's writing and this is no exception. I enjoyed his take on the 60's and Vietnam and they way he explores his characters.
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Helpful Score: 4
One of my favorites by King. Touching, haunting, very well written and thought-provoking. Classic King. Do NOT judge the book by the movie, I beg you.
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Helpful Score: 4
Four connected stories of the '60's and how the Vietnam War shaped that generation.
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Helpful Score: 2
More of a suspenseful thriller than a bloody thriller makes you think but a very good read
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Helpful Score: 2
it's been awhile since i read this, but as i recall the stories tied together in an interesting way (it's comprised of 4 or 5 short stories/novellas). the movie was based on only the first one.

overall tho, i recall this being a very pleasant read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked all the stories that are tied in at the end. This is the only King book that I have enjoyed.
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Helpful Score: 1
Impressive, a wonderful story of courage,faith,and hope. It is engaging and difficult to put down
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Another great Stephen King classic. The movie murdered the book. They only acted out maybe the first third of the book, leaving so much story to tell. Read the book, it's worth it.
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Wow, what a great book. Long but worth the read.
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Outstanding! You will have to read this thick book to understand the full meaning of my comment and then you will never be the same.
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book of fiction deeply rooted in the sixties, and explores-through four defining decades-the haunting legacey of the Vietnam War.
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I am a huge Stephen King fan and did not really care for this book very much. Although there were recognizable charachters from some of his other works, I still felt it dragged a bit and jumped around too much. The different charachter's stories didn't really tie together.
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A little strange, but then... I did read it all.
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Full of danger, suspense, and hope. Wonderful fiction rooted in the Sixties, and that explores the depths - and tragedies - of the Vietnam War and its legacy. Another great novel from a wonderful author.
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This book is different for Stephen King in that it has three very separate stories that have a common thread. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each story and found I couldn't put it down (again)--but the book as a whole is not one of his best. It's a good book if you want to escape--but it's not in his top ten. May I recommend my favorites? The Talisman (written with Peter Straub); The Stand; Salem's Lot; The Shining; and for great movies by him: The Green Mile; The Shawshank Redemption; and Stand By Me.
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One of the first King books I've read. I really enjoyed it, although I thought the storyline dragged on a little towards the middle. But all in all, a great read!
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The book was pretty good. It goes into a lot more detail than the movie (of course), but starts to just ramble at the end. I really enjoyed the first two parts about the boy as a child and then in college.
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Stephen King's wonderful four connected stories of the '60's and his version of how the Vietnam War helped to shape that generation.
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Five interconnected stories set in the years 1960-1999. As always, Stephen King spins a good tale.
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Interesting story - good writing from the King, as usual, just entirely too long!
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Hearts in Atlantis is essentially a collection of five stories that are interconnected, but could each stand on its own. The common unifying character is named Bobby Garfield and you will watch him grow up in a span of about forty years. To my knowledge, this is the only work Stephen King has done that is set partially in the Viet Nam era. The part that deals with the college years has quite a lot of resonance with my own college years and the characters that I encountered along the way. At 523 pages it is vintage Stephen King in the sense that he has a habit of writing what I call five pounders (hardback) that are at least 500 pages full of very vivid characters. If you like Stephen King, you will like this book.
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King takes on the '60s'..although it is difficult to believe, the Sixties are not fictional: They actually happened.
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Awesome book....the sixties in a fashion that fit the day.
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I love King, but I could never get into this book
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An absorbing tale....I couldn't put it down!
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Stephen King enough said. You either like him or you don't.
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better than the movie
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Nobody out-King's Stephen King. This is a wonderful view of the 1960's including the effects of vietnam on the average guy and oru culture in general told by a master story teller.
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This book is a very very good read. Extrememly close to the movie. I could not put this book down. It is a real page turner. You can picture Anthony Hopkins perfectly in this story.
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It had its moments.
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I picked this up at a garage sale, but have never been able to read it. It has a sticker on the front, but other than that is in great condition.
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I loved this book!
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An interesting book to read. There are two sections to the book so it shows the progression of the characters and their lives. It explores the lives of the characters and how the Vietnam war affected them through the decades.
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I almost hate to share this book...I enjoyed the story very much.
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"This is wonderful fiction...King's take on the '60s--including the effects of Vietnam--is scarily accurate. Engaging...King's gift of storytelling is rich"
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Not my favorite. I liked how the stories converge, but ultimately the book falls flat nearing the end. I wouldn't suggest the read without some quality drugs.
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I liked this book, but had a hard time going from storyline to storyline. When I finished it, I found myself craving more information about the characters. It was a really good ending, but wondering what happened to the others in the book has stayed with me for about a week.
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Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids. Full of danger, full of suspense, this audio book will take 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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For Stephen King lovers. Stardard scary stuff.
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It was most enjoyable to listen to William Hurt read this and Stephen King himself! The story will have you completely engrossed.
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I didn't care for this one, but maybe you will.
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One of King's better novels. Set in the 60's, a tale full of suspense. A very good story.
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Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis
Review by C. Dennis Moore
Made of four short stories, plus an opening novella (although at 254 pages, I think it's safe to call "Low Men in Yellow Coats" a novel), Hearts covers the years 1960 to 1999 with interconnected narratives, spotlighting different characters whose stories all go back to the summer of 1960. Everything these characters do in the following decades can be traced back to that summer when Bobby Garfield wanted a new bike more than anything else, when Sully-John won his free week at Camp Winnie, and Carol Gerber was beaten with a baseball bat by three boys in the park. And not one story in here is a horror story.
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This is wonderful fiction Kings take on the sixties including Vietnam is scarily accurate
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Probably one of my favorite Stephen King novels. I highly recommend it.
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Great read - excelent blend of fact and fiction.
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Can't put down a great summer read!
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5 interlinked stories. "Hearts in Atlantis" is about college kids in the 60s who play the cardgame hearts instead of study while the Vietnam War rages in the background. My favorite, "Low Men in Yellow Coats", is about a boy who befriends an old man who seems to be on the lookout constantly. The story is tied to the Dark Tower, where we see Ted Braudigan, again, showing up towards the end of the Dark Tower saga.
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This book is not one of my favorites by King and some of it is hard to get through but it is an okay read.
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This is my least favorite Stephen King book. This book has several completely different stories with common characters in each story. To me, it was very disjointed and distracting because it didn't flow smoothly as a single story.

I loved the first story about the kid and Ted. It was a great story in itself and then it ended abruptly. I kept wondering what happened to the kid. I kept waiting for him to show up again. The next story about a teenager playing cards at college was a great story too and it also ended abruptly. The remainder of the book was what seemed like separate epilogues of all the minor characters.

In last ten pages we finally find out what happened to the kid and one of the other characters from the first story. At least there was a bit of closure to that story.

I would say that if you have another choice of reading Stephen King books, choose any other one before this one.
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King goes back to the 1960\'s and Vietnam and how future generations were affected. Maybe all the more pertinent a read now in 2004.
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I found it more contemplative then most of King\'s works, I think. The movie of this book only tells the story of one of the novellas in it. It actually encompasses a number of people\'s stories, loosely tied together. A good read.
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I always enjoy Stephen King's books. This one is a collection of novelettes that I very much enjoyed reading.
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In my opinion, not as good as some other King novels, but a good story nonetheless.
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great stories, brand new book
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A Very good story. Also a good movie by the way.
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A bit well read...small tear on front cover--still readable!
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A very suspenseful book, King is an awesome storyteller.
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Not a huge fan of Stephen King, but this book is still pretty good. Definitely weird turns in the book!
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Good, but a LONG read.
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Enjoyed it immensely. A fiction through 4 decades about the 60's and the Vietnam war. Scarily accurate. He never ceases to amaze me with his storytelling.
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I loved the book it was way better than the movie.
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Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good as Spielberg or Steven Millhauser at depicting an enchanted kid's-eye view of the world, and his Harwich is realistically luminous to the tiniest detail: kids bashing caps with a smoke-blackened rock, a car grille "like the sneery mouth of a chrome catfish," a Wild Mouse carnival ride that makes kids "simultaneously sure they were going to live forever and die immediately."
Bobby's mom takes in a lodger, Ted Brautigan, who turns the boy on to great books like Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men--monsters from King's Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town. They close in on Ted and Bobby, just as a gang of older kids menace Bobby and his girlfriend, Carol. This pointedly echoes the theme of Lord of the Flies (the one book King says he wishes he'd written): war is the human condition. Ted's mind-reading powers rub off a bit on Bobby, granting nightmare glimpses of his mom's assault by her rich, vile, jaunty boss. King packs plenty into 250 pages, using the same trick Bobby discerns in the film Village of the Damned: "The people seemed like real people, which made the make-believe parts scarier." - Tom (Amazon)

And that's just the first story
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WOW! terriffic
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about the sixties and Vietnam war
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I'm a big Stephen King fan and since he writes such a variety, there is something for most people. For me this was a good book but not one of my favorites. I have spoken to others who rate this as one of their favorites, which shows, that it is not my type, but still a very good book.
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I think that this is one of King's best. A wrenching examination of the Vietnam War's effects on veterans. Absolutely heartbreaking.
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DID NOT ENJOY THIS BOOK. I FOUND IT KIND OF BORING, VERY UNLIKE STEVEN KING.
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This was an excellent read.
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This book hasn't even been opened. I got a second one as a duplicate gift.
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a group of people are tested in different ways.It's a Stephen King book..
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With Hearts in Atlantis, Stephen King proves that his talent for storytelling extends beyond the supernatural and suspenseful. Hearts in Atlantis is just that: full of heart. In four well-developed and sometimes mystical tales, King eloquently weaves with remarkable detail the unique characters that form each outstanding story. Whether or not the stories distinctly interact, you decide. But each vignette is touching, human, and another impressive mark on King's card. Fans of King, read this book: but fans of King's horror only, may find themselves a little bored.
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Didn't finish this either, but from what I read it was good.
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Really enjoyable read.
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I am not a fan of Stephen King but I really liked this one. I like the way the stories and characters were interrelated.
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What can I say? Classic Stephen King in every way. This is one of his psychological horror tales.
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Better than the movie...
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There's a place along interstate 50 that somecall the loneliedt place on Earth. It's known as Desperation,Nevada. It's not very nice place to live. It's even worse place to die. Let the battle against evil begin.
Welcome to DESPERATION!
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Gently read once.