This book really gets into the psyche of people. Why do we do the things we do, or don't do the things we want to do?
The narrators of both characters were wonderful.
I really wanted to know how their first meeting went. I hope there's a second book that continues their story.
This is a good - straight forward story. The narration is WONDERFUL ! Keith Szarabajka , I could listen to your voice as Arthur - FOREVER.............I soooooo wanted all these story lines to come crashing into each other and overlap and be all messy.....but for the same reason I keep my potatoes, from touching my peas, from touching my chicken, to not touching the sides of the plate and then eating them in alphabetical order >>>>>> they did not..........
The complete human-ness and honesty in the words and feelings. There were not really any pedestals for the characters to stand on......they were REAL, HONEST, FALTERING people (just like all of us) and they admitted it.
Keith Szarabajka TOTALLY- hands down. Kirby was great too but he had the narration of a 18 year old boy and only SO much can be done with that. The voice of Arthur however has so much depth and richness , I was mesmerized ! Loved that the "Bronx" charm was not lost when Yolanda spoke.......that was fabulous as well...........Arthur , I rally still for you and hope to see you in the park someday !
Worth the read/listen.
I have never before had such an emotional response to a character in a book. Arthur's honesty and self-awareness is part of what makes him so endearing, even while his self-esteem, weight issues and decisions raise other emotions. Arthur is so real to me and Moore did an amazing job of realistically portraying how a person can withdraw so far from society while simultaneously yearning to belong. Arthur's words are so poignant and vivid, he had my heart from the very beginning. While Yolonda (his maid) and Kel (a pro-baseball hopeful teenager) live sterotypical have-not lives, their personalities drew me in as well.
This is a suspense story of dysfunction with vulnerability, courage, love, clarity and persistence rather than action and Ninja skills. The storylines were not obvious, as I expected them to be, but were unique and unexpected. The abrupt ending was a disturbing surprise. I just was not ready to let go of Arthur, Yolonda and Kel.
A great deal of accolades also goes to the narrators who did a superb job. I will look for more of their work and other books by Moore.
I loved Heft. I found the characters to be well developed and believable. I enjoyed having two different voices for Kel and Arthur. I'm so sorry to have come to the end of this book!
Very good touching story. It shows realistic people with believable serious life issues.
I liked the narration. He was very gentle and made the voice sound like the personality of the characters.
The performance made the book. It was an excellent story made much better by the best reading performance I've heard. I may even listen to it again, and I've never done that before.
Arthur Opp's story was well-written and acted and compelling. Kel's narrative was not credible for a teen and the narrator was awful, very slow and again, not credible.
I loved the part about getting into he head of a huge recluse, the way it started out. Nice story line.
This was one of my favorite audible books that I have read in a long time. The production, Including especially the voice of Arthur was so engaging.The story is in itself is endearing and painful and sad, yet very realistic. I highly recommend this book.
This book was interesting and I loved the story of 500 pound Aurthur Opp read by Keith Szarabajka. Aurthur receives a phone call from a former student of his from 20 years ago. A young female student named Charlien he had fostered a friendship with and hoped for more. The story of Kel Keller (Charlien's 18 year old son) is read by Kirby Heyborne and frankly it is high pitched and at times shrill. Kel's story doesn't ring true for a 18 year old boy who LOVES baseball. At times he seems babyish and other times like a 30 year old depressed woman...not a teen boy. His story moves slowly with tedious detail and I had to stop listening. Wishing this book contained more about Aurthur read by Mr. Szarabajka.