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.
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
Certainly in the top 20%
The boy - Kell. His character is written very authentically and sympathetically.
They both did a great job with convincing voices.
Don't know, although it's not a great title.
This is an unusual story which I enjoyed very much. Was caught off guard by the abrupt ending, but after a little reflection think it is an excellent ending.
The audio version and performance by two actors was amazing. You feel like you are hearing the voice of the characters. As the story drifts and switches from Author to Kel, the voices become familiar. Almost like visiting two friends!
The most memorable part was the relationship and the feelings you develop for both characters. You feel sorry for Author who finds comfort in loneliness. But he also hates loneliness. You feel sorry for Kel who may be doomed to repeat the mistakes of his mother. But Kel has so much potential with the right guidance that mom could not provide.
I'm not sure about a tag line that is catchy. For me, I would develop a tagline centred on themes of loneliness that we can relate to, and a character who can't find his way. Basically two people who are drawn together but do not know how much they need each other.
This book is an excellent read. I recommend this book highly. Like other reviewers have pointed out, however, the ending is unpredictable and abrupt. See for yourself!