The most enthralling thing about this book is the narration by Keith Szarabajka, which is superb. And the Arthur Opp character is one of the most appealing ever. I could so easily envision him lumbering around in his chic old brownstone, checking his mailbox, peering out the window, hauling mounds of food out of his well-stocked refrigerator. The voice of the teenage boy, the other main character, disappointed me a little, as I thought he sounded too old and mature (the only reason I gave the performance four instead of five stars). But the story is mesmerizing -- profoundly sad at times but ultimately satisfying. I loved the ending, which I had to listen to twice. At first it sounded a bit forlorn, but then I realized it was all about human connections and the truth that comes from that. A beautiful book.
It's been a long time since I listened to a book I was EXCITED to listen to... I wish Liz Moore had other books on here. I loved the entire story and narration was great too.
The narration of Arthur has to be among the best audible performances to date. Beautifully paced, vulnerable and with a gentle timbre brought this story to life in a way that a simple read could never have done. Definitely on the list of great books made better by the performance of their reading.
Middle aged wife, mother, student and full time worker. I listen to books using my phone, especially when I drive/travel for work.
Very good. I liked it and enjoyed listening to the story. It started out somewhat slow but as it progressed and added new characters I got interested.
Good detail about the various characters, their imperfections and how they dealt with them. In the end, it as hope-inspiring.
I enjoyed both characters. The teen boy was probably my favorite and was easier to listen to. I had appreciation for the older character but at times he spoke so quietly that I had a hard time understanding it.
I absolutely loved this book--listened to it practically nonstop because I was so interested in the story. However, I really disliked the narrator for the teenage boy--he was so robotic I just kept wondering when we were going to get back to the other story. The narrator of Arthur's character was absolutely fantastic.
I use audiobooks as means of an escape from reality. Nice to just relax with a book. Ienjoy a very eclectic array of genres...anywhere from chick lit romance to mystery to science ft. Just a common mother of three.
I will tomorrow since I stayed up all night to finish it.
Arthur....and Kell..... Both of the stories are just so engrossing. I acctually have much in common with these charecters, I maybe the only one though. Pretty screwed up. Such tragedy and hope all in one.
They were spot on. I think Szarabajka s performance was just so right for the character.
I just about threw my kindle at the end of the book. 5 stars even though I was very upset at the abrupt ending! I suppose it is meant to be a great ending. You be the judge.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Clearly I am not the right audience for this book. The inner workings of the two main characters were not that interesting to begin with and certainly not captivating enough for hours of listening. For a story with such a simple plot, there was WAY too much detail. The narration was just fine. It's the book that's the problem. It should have been a short story.
Arthur Art. He was very likeable and gave you insight to what it must be like to be overweight and homebound.
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected and really enjoyed Arthur's story.
I enjoyed this story until the end and I will get to that later. For the most part, I found the characters and their surroundings believable as well as the strife individuals will put themselves through due to their inability or lack of willingness to take action for themselves. There were some uplifting moments but overall I felt sad for most of the characters.Overall, I was disappointed with the ending. I felt the author left us hanging without a resolution - good or bad. Then again, maybe that is what she wanted to portray. In either case, I felt empty and left hanging with the question of 'So what's next'?
I loved that even though the characters encountered difficulties, they didn't just spiral down to the depths, but were able to learn from them.
The characters were very well drawn and likable
I have not listened to these readers before, but I thought they were outstanding.
Both Arthur and Kell were very memorable. It would not be possible to choose between them, as they both enriched the story as regards living with loneliness.