One of the best gifts from reading/listening to a good story, is when it leaves you feeling like you've been given the gift of something precious - something that changes how you see the world, or feel about it. I cant stop promoting this audible book. The narrators are both first class and the story is a magical window into every day souls that are deeply flawed yet earnestly beautiful. I normally prefer a British writing style and narration, but this book has me totally converted. I hope it becomes a film.
This may be one of the saddest books I've encountered. Yet it is also hopeful in its ending, which is also a beginning.
Descriptions of this book cannot capture the depths of its characters, or their shallowness, in some respects. Experience for yourself the loneliness of Arthur, the strength of Yolanda, and the courage of Kel. These characters will stay with you for a long time.
The readers of this audio book are perfect.
The way the characters developed made me want to continue listening even when I had to stop.
The Fault in our Stars. Because it dealt with young adults in tough but realistic situations.
believable; interesting; cadence.
Yolanda would be an interesting dinner guest. She is spunky. I would like to know more of her history.
The title not only describes one character, it also describes the weight of what the other characters were going through in their own lives. The way the Characters are all interrelated is well done and believable. The ending was perfect - leaving me wanting to know more and yet satisfied with what I did know.
The author creates a several fascinating characters; one of which is morbidly obese, thus the title.
I opted for this book because I was curious about how someone could allow themselves to get to such a state; and how to they managed, physically and emotionally.
I found this story is most fascinating, and I found; to my surprise, that I was quite easily able to empathize with him. He is a sad, but quite likable character.
As each character in this story enters, and reveals their roll in his life; always in the first person, they all, ever so slowly, come together in frequently surprising, and unexpected ways.
It’s a touching story which held me in its grip to the very end, and when it came I was sad, because I wanted it to go on.
I would count this book as one of the most fascinating and enjoyable all the I’ve read on Audible.
The reading was flawless, you could almost feel the weight of the protagonist and the callow youth of :"the other Arthur"
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.