Hearts in Atlantis Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||20 hours and 10 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||11 October 2006|
|Publisher||Hodder Headline Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 23,255 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
24 in Horror Anthologies & Short Stories
102 in Fiction Short Stories
417 in War & Military Fiction
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"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" - you realise how good the film adaption was when you read the original
"The Mangler" - I must admit I didn't know was written by King - love the movie - gory and silly
"Children of the Corn" - A far better written story than movie - but I still loved the original movie. You just can't go past evil children
"1408" - I had never read this, so was interested to see the original idea behind the movie.
"Hearts in Atlantis - Low Men in Yellow Coats" - I had forgotten how much I loved this story.
A great read.
I then discovered it was based on a Stephen King short story, and was only available on Kindle Books with four other Stephen King offerings.
I was so inspired by the movie that I bought Stephen King Goes to the Movies.
While the other four stories are up to Mr. King's normal high standards, Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption soars above any other popular fiction that I have ever read.
I say that without any hesitation.
I know that most readers will have seen the movie at some stage over the last twenty years, so I won't go into the plot in great detail, only to say that there are some deviations, but broadly, the book runs along similar plot lines to the movie. I found reading this book a far richer experience, as it delves into the personalities of the two major protagonists in far greater depth.
The entire story is told in the first person, in a folksy way by Red: his experiences while serving a life sentence in a harsh penal environment, and his relationship, and observations of "fellow lifer" Andrew DeFresne. He describes the soul destroying experience of prison life; the sheer brutality, degradation and deprivation.
But through all the despair and futility, DeFresne's strength of character sends a message to all of us who take the journey to the final page. Sunshine will always follow rain. Light comes after dark. Hope will overcome hopelessness.
This book is truly inspirational!
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This books looks at 5 of King's books/short stories that got turned into films (The Shawshank Redemption, 1408, Hearts in Atlantis/Low Men In Yellow Coats, The Mangler, and Children of the Corn. The first 2 weren't bad, but they dropped off pretty quickly after that, though The Mangler was pretty good, as it reminded me a little of Carrie in the telling,
My grumble is that I can't really see the point of this book. They aren't the books that made the best films, and any committed King reader will have read most of them before.
In addition, it's worth noting that the three later books I mentioned weren't particularly good films, so why anyone would be interested in them is beyond me quite frankly.