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.
I also am buying the printed version because I want to read this book over and over.
There is no other book that compares to Heft. The authors insight into human nature is overwhelming. It was like she actually lived the life of Arthur and Arthur Kel.
This is my first time and I am extremely impressed with the way they showed how they actually felt. It was like they lived the characters themselves.
Yes and yes and yes!! I listened to the book hours and hours. I didn't want to stop, it was so intriguing.
I highly recommend this book. The characters come to life and you will actually find yourself talking back to them. The only word I can use to describe Heft is powerful.
Yes because I enjoyed the story and I felt it was meaningful with experiences that are true to life.
I enjoyed the role that Authur Sr played in the book.
Heft is about three lonely people and how they deal with feelings of inadequacy. The characters are wonderful and interesting. It would have been nice if they could have interacted with each other a lot more. By the end, two of the characters get to the point where they admit they feel inadequate, but they are going to try to trust people and move forward. It would have been nice if this happened much earlier in the book. As it is, the book made me feel depressed and a little angry that happiness for all could have been found so much earlier (18 years earlier) with a little communication. The narration is wonderful.
I loved the story and the psychological aspects behind both of the main characters. I liked the ending as well. I loved how the reader got to know both of the main characters through a linking character whom we never got to know first hand except through the thoughts of the other two characters. Very ingenious.
I would compare it to other books that are character driven rather than action driven. This book has more thought than action, but it never felt slow.
The reader who played Arthur Opp (Keith Szarabajka) was fabulous. The reader who played Kell Keller (Kirby Heyborne) sucked, in my opinion. I would have liked to give the performance a 5 for Szarabajka, but had to bring it to a 4 because of Heyborne. I'll tell you why. Heyborne read his part in a sing song voice that you hear so often at author readings. Meaning, he "read" his part rather than "acted" it. I was totally into the story whenever Szarabajka was reading, but was taken out of the story when Heyborne was reading. I tolerated it because the story itself was so compelling. This is the long and short of it: I didn't "feel" Kell Keller through Heyborne. I truly "felt" Arthur Opp through Szarabajka. I think Heyborne could become a better reader if he worked on "being" the character more. It is easy to criticize, I know. I am not an actor, just a reader. I'm just saying how I felt about the narration and hopefully it is constructive criticism for Heyborne and helpful to other readers. My apologies to Heyborne.
Arthur Opp and Charlene because of the interesting psychology behind both of their characters.
It is difficult to explain why I loved this story. It is slow, simply told and honest. I think it is that last thing, honesty, that was so intriguing. That people can just be who they are without apology as they evolve through difficulties of life was a story well told.
The way that the characters become real people that you really care about.
I can't say without giving away the story. But I really cared about what happened to Kell, so every moment that pertained to him was memorable, maybe especially his mother's death and the way he reacted.
Kell. I want to see what's happened to him since the end of the story. OK. I want to take Arthur Opp out too, to see if Kell changed his life like I think it did.
The story builds and builds to the climax and sometimes I wanted to be able to skim through it (like you can when you read text) so I could get there. But listening forces you to hear every bit of this wonderfully written book and you realize how important that is so that you can truly understand these characters.