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.
I am an addicted audio book listener but couldn't get through this one. The book is written and narrated well but listening made me feel a huge weight on my shoulders. I was so committed to the main character and felt such sympathy that I didn't want to continue to hear his emotional pain. Struck an odd nerve with me.
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.
I had never heard of this book but really enjoyed it. It held me from the first page (or minutes?). Only downside is that I hope there is a sequel because it ended a bit abruptly, although you can imagine what would happen next. In other words, not a cliff hanger but I would really like to spend more time with the characters.
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.
Rank it solidly in good novels
The professor who is a recluse and morbidly obese and his latina housekeeper
really liked the relationship between Arthur and Yolanda
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