Yes, this an incredible story.
I listen to all of K.H. -
I am still thinking of this book and Keiths voice telling it. I listened over a month ago.
This was a really interesting story – unexpected, unpredictable, and thoroughly enjoyable. The narration was excellent.
It's not literary greatness, nevertheless, it was good. It was a little better than what I like to call fluff. This is a story and you just have to take it for what it is. I am a little harsh on books, but I like books that give us an inside look into characters and what makes them act as they do, so this was good. It is a story about people redefining their own self worth and family, finding a way to get through the rough patches of life.
Knowing someone in the same type of situation (obese and has difficulties leaving the home) made it more interesting to me. I could give other spoilers, but one of the most memorable moments was when the man was able to leave his prison for the first time in so many years.
I don't remember which preformed which character, but I preferred the one who narrated the man.
There are only four characters mentioned in the book at all really. It is a story of an alone obese man, a struggling, abandoned teen, a pregnant young mother, and an alcoholic mother. Only the teen and the obese man have their own narrative in it.
Although the topic and characters are somewhat depressing, listening to this book was not. It had some sad moments, but overall, it was easy to listen to and a little uplifting.
The narrators were truly first-rate. The story was unusal and susprising in ways that ultimately made sense. I listened to this one from beginning to end, only stopping when I absolutely had to.
I was surprised at how much I came to care for the characters. At first, they seemed less than likable, but as the novel went deeper into their psyches and lives, they grew on me in a way I wasn't expecting.
The narrators were very different from one another, so at first it was a little jarring when the novel switched from one point of view to the other. But that was only because I was always thoroughly engrossed with the story I was following at the moment. I came to appreciate the narrators equally -- both are incredibly skilled at conveying the character's emotion in a way that is subtle but endearing.
I wouldn't change a word...including the title.
This book is about change, but not the predictable sort of change you might expect from a book about a man who is morbidly obese. It is about the kind of change that occurs beneath the surface...it felt like watching a beautiful but wonderfully realistic metamorphosis.
Book are life enriching
I loved this book because it was about lives created from one the most basic human conditions, that of loneliness.
The book for me was about human frailty and I particularly loved the very large, older male character, Arthur; his gentlemanly intellect, his insightfullness and kindness toward's others despite his own debilitating loneliness. I loved the way the book ended on a note of hopeful expection for all.
The narration of this book was wonderful, but the voice given to the older man was absolutely outstanding.
The most memorable character Arthur, I was left thinking about him long after I'd finished the book.
Heft was a book with extraordinary insight into loneliness and survival. I wish audible had more books by the same author
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.