I have listened to many audiobooks and this one ranks very highly.
You felt like you knew these people, you ached for them, you bit your lip hoping they would make the right choice and squirmed in your seat when they didn't. You spoke aloud in the car hoping to coach them and were surpised when they couldn't hear you. You hurt for them and hoped for them. They were unlikely to be such sympathetic characters and yet they were. When the story ended, you hoped that they knew that you were pulling for them and you knew that you would miss them.
The narrators were perfect for their characters. In giving this book a recommendation to a friend I had a hard time imagining whether the story would have been as powerful if I had read it rather than listened to it. They really brought the characters to life.
I have never given a review for a book before, but felt I had to for this book. It was too good to miss.
I had been having a hard time finding a book in my normal genre so I decided to explore fiction and found this one. Way off the normal path my books take and I am so glad I did. I think I had forgotten how to listen to a simple story and enjoy it. How we don't need all the plot twists,evil seeds and action to make it good. Just like other reviewers, I fell in love with the characters and the narrators did such a wonderful job with them I cannot imagine anyone not liking this book. I am not going to repeat what the majority have already said. Read other reviews if you want more in depth. I'm just going to say.. even if this isn't what you are used to listening to.. if you are looking for something new or a change of pace or even waiting for the next in your series to come out..listen to Heft... it makes us remember why we like books/audiobooks.
Good books are hard to find!
The book is written in a way that makes putting it down hard. Keith Szarabajka does such a great job in this book.
Heft is one of those books that stick with you, long after the final page. It explores the lives of two people, Arthur, an obese, ex-professor and Kel, a 17-year old high-school student with a troubled mother. The writer delves deep into the thoughts and emotions of the characters as they struggle with relationships. The narration was superb. Highly recommend.
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.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
I found myself wanting to exercise or drive in the car just so I could keep listening. I loved the characters that Moore created. They were flawed and real and raw. The story was about loneliness and the need for human connection. While I enjoyed listening to both narrators, I was especially drawn to Arthur's character and his parts of the story. Szarabajka did a superb job of speaking Arthur's part. I could listen to that voice for days and days. Also, I loved the character of Yolanda, she was full of personality and charm. My only complaint was the ending. I didn't see the book coming to that resolution and it caught me completely off guard.
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.
The narration of Arthur has to be among the best audible performances to date. Beautifully paced, vulnerable and with a gentle timbre brought this story to life in a way that a simple read could never have done. Definitely on the list of great books made better by the performance of their reading.
Middle aged wife, mother, student and full time worker. I listen to books using my phone, especially when I drive/travel for work.
Very good. I liked it and enjoyed listening to the story. It started out somewhat slow but as it progressed and added new characters I got interested.
Good detail about the various characters, their imperfections and how they dealt with them. In the end, it as hope-inspiring.
I enjoyed both characters. The teen boy was probably my favorite and was easier to listen to. I had appreciation for the older character but at times he spoke so quietly that I had a hard time understanding it.