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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39,888 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Stephen King, William Hurt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2001 ISBN: 9780743563352
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shows off King’s traditional strengths: his empathy with children’s crushes and fears, his insight into the telepathic-seeming emotional hothouse of a small, isolated family and his ability to summon dread out of plain and familiar things.” 

    New York Times

  • “Drenched in sadness, mortality, regret, and finally absolution. This is wonderful fiction.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “These five stories weave perfectly into each other; reading them as a whole lets one find a completeness that cannot be found by reading them one by one. As the lives of the characters unfold, one begins to finally understand what it might have been like to get sucked into the black maelstrom that was Vietnam—and what it might have been like to escape back into the light again.” 

    The Tech

  • Hearts in Atlantis is the Great American Baby Boomer novel…I’m pleased, and I have to admit, even a little surprised, that an author such as King with so many books already under his belt, can still surpass himself the way he has here.” 

    Charles de Lint, author of The Onion Girl

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1999 Bram Stoker Award Nominee
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2000 World Fantasy Award Nominee
  • A 2000 British Fantasy Award Nominee
  • A 2000 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 2/17/2014

    " This book, steeped in the culture of the '70s is a wonderful meditation on loss and growing up. The inter-connected stories spring from entirely different genres and may at first seem disjointed, but I found that at the end of the book I felt as though I had lived through something special. As an added bonus, this book has the most poignant and realistic description of an adolescent first kiss that I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/1/2014

    " At first it was hard to get into this one, because I generally expect something a little more "horror" when I read Stephen King, and this was not that type of book. There was a little bit of the King style at the end of "Low Men in Yellow Coats" (the first of the five stories that make up this book), but most of the stories were just Vietnam-era-related stories about regular people with no horror elements whatsoever. But once I got going I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. I actually liked "Hearts in Atlantis" - the second story - the best (I've seen a number of comments that say only "Low Men" is really any good, but I disagree). "Blind Willie" didn't do anything for me, but the rest of the book was quite good. I was just expecting something different when I started, that's all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/26/2014

    " "Hearts in Atlantis" was how honest it felt - not only the writing but also the story as well as the characters. I have loved the works of Stpehen King for a long time and am excited to see him start to move away from the horror genre into something that is altogether new and exciting. Stephen King has proved time and time again that he has mastered the world of the macabre and now demonstrates that he can also write literature. His skill in this new forum is definitely evolving, beginning with 'The Green Mile' series and progressing up to and including his most recent. Many people who have read this book have stated how wonderful it is and that it is a book you get lost in... feeling the same, I would definitely recommend this book to any person, whether they were a Stephen King fan or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/19/2014

    " This was a good read.. but I remember being disappointed in the ending.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 1/8/2014

    " At first, thought it was going to be the old Stephen King formula of books that really are intriguing, and then get too crazy with supernatural madness. But this one righted itself after the first story with the following 3 all tying nicely. The interconnectedness of the characters and the different time periods made for an interesting journey through the lives of the characters. Made you really reflect on your own life. I think those older to have lived through the 60's would appreciate more but even younger people can still enjoy this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 1/1/2014

    " This was a charming book until about half way through and then..........well, let's just say it becomes more truly a Kind novel. It's intersting that the movie version basically just stuck with the charming half. Clearly I wasn't the only one bothered by the book's second half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mari | 12/24/2013

    " Interesting the way the stories are intertwined. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/26/2013

    " I think this is the only Stephen King book that made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aj | 11/9/2013

    " It was a very good book i enjoyed it alot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrel | 9/27/2013

    " My favorite of all the Stephen King books I've read (so far). I rad it in a single sitting - I simply could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carfet | 8/1/2013

    " The book was way cooler than the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 10/22/2012

    " Terrible language, excellent writing, interesting story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Block | 8/30/2012

    " More great short stories!! Low Men in Yellow Coats was my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tayia Heaton | 2/26/2012

    " Loved this book! By far my favourite from Stephen king! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 9/22/2011

    " I only found one of these stories interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick McCormack | 9/18/2011

    " King is always a good read. This one is interesting. He again takes something that one would not find spooky....adolescence in a small New England town...and manages to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 8/17/2011

    " this was one of my favorites of his newer books.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 8/14/2011

    " Even in seemingly ordinary situations you get the surreal. The low men in the yellow coats...who or what it that in your life? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Lowe | 8/9/2011

    " One of my favorite King novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/22/2011

    " Even in seemingly ordinary situations you get the surreal. The low men in the yellow coats...who or what it that in your life? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 5/18/2011

    " The first half of this book was AMAZING...the second half made you wonder a bit.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/15/2011

    " I only have one word for this book... Fantastic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " I got hooked on the first story and read a lot. I was disappointed at how loosely the three stories were related. I wanted the last two stories to tie into the first. The first was by far the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/26/2011

    " Hearts in Atlantis is comprises of five pieces - two novellas and three shorts - all interlinked. Ranging from the early sixties, through vietnam (from the home perspective and military), to the end of the millennium. Poignant and thought-provoking stuff, and not at all what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/22/2011

    " Ok, i give this book three stars because about a third of the book is very good. Then i just lost interest in the stories that followed the first one. I have never really been a Stephen King fan, so no one should really take my word on this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandi | 4/19/2011

    " The first story was so interesting and I could not really get into the others. I dont think they tied together so meaningfully. Not my favorite King novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 3/28/2011

    " This book takes a much different pace than King's other books, but it is one of my favorites. Ever the king of suspense, somehow he mixes terror and a heartwarming tale together here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/25/2011

    " A bit hard to follow at times, but good King! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 3/18/2011

    " This is by far the best Stephen King book I've read. I don't understand why they didn't make a better movie out of it but the book is exceptional and a must for fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britni | 3/13/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. It is a must read! "

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Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.