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 like the fat man.
The description by which Arthur Opt discusses eating his Easter chocolates hidden under his bed.
I enjoyed following the two separate lives in this book and thought each character was well done and believable. This book was entertaining, had a solid plot, and left subtle trails of various allegories within. Still, I think the books ending lacks something that could have made it great. Perhaps it is really me, for I needed a little more resolution from one of the main characters.
This novel is really two interconnected stories. The first is about a 450 pound recluse, looking at his lonely life at present and looking back in his past - his time as a boy being made fun of, as an adult with his career as a teacher, and a crush he had on a young college student of his. The other half of this book follows the teenage son of the recipient of that crush. He is a star baseball player, trying to fit in at a private school where he feels like an outsider and he has to deal with his sick mother. I liked both stories quite a bit. I enjoy coming-of-age stories, and this was a good and original one. Each first person's narration has its own reader, and the older man's reader is especially good. This novel kept me engaged from start to end.
Intriguing, captivating and a real "page" turner
East of Eden would be my comparison book, not because of the plot or storyline but the way you are pulled in by the characters, you feel they are a part of your life while you are reading the book and makes you feel a little sad when you're finished.
My favorite scene was when Yolanda convinced Arthur to take a walk outside his home for the first time in many years. Your heart quickens as you hear the trepidation in Arthur's voice, also the physical strain as he descends the stairs and takes his first few steps. Masterful!
How many brilliant people reside inside their own self imposed prisons?
I have had this book in my library for at least two years. I heard a review of this book on NPR and thought it might be worth downloading. My only regret is that I waited two years!
I am left wondering why this book wasn't chosen as one of the best of the best narrated books in your readers opinion? This book MUST be listened to because of Arthur's voice, much will be lost if it is simply read. Too much about this book is the narrators voice. One of my favorite "sleeper" books in my library that I am recommending to anyone who values my opinion!!
I enjoyed it, but it took most of the book to get to what I thought would be the main story and left me hanging.
Insight of life on two people, usually invisible to most people, lonely, unloved. How look can affect how much love is received.
I loved narrations!! One of the best.
Arthur's pain of being overweight, embarrassment is described so well.
I did have feeling I knew people myself. Amazing performance, like first class theater.
This book is about loneliness which is a large part of life. It takes a particular time in the two characters lives and describes how they got there and hopefully going towards a better period in their lives. I think the author did a beautiful job explaining how loneliness is an integral part of living. The book ended on a positive note. I did not find it depressing. Loved the narration.
First off, Keith Szarabajka's performance of the character Arthur Opp makes him feel so very real, like he is talking to you. Arthur Opp becomes someone you'd like to know, someone I wish I could visit.
The story is a sad one. All of the characters are complicated and very human. I only wish it had gone on longer. I really wanted to know what would happen next. There is hope!
I recommend this book. Well worth the time. Loved the narration.
Didn't read the print version.
great story and narration.
Liked all characters.
Heft of a lot of heart