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.
I absolutely loved this book--listened to it practically nonstop because I was so interested in the story. However, I really disliked the narrator for the teenage boy--he was so robotic I just kept wondering when we were going to get back to the other story. The narrator of Arthur's character was absolutely fantastic.
I use audiobooks as means of an escape from reality. Nice to just relax with a book. Ienjoy a very eclectic array of genres...anywhere from chick lit romance to mystery to science ft. Just a common mother of three.
I will tomorrow since I stayed up all night to finish it.
Arthur....and Kell..... Both of the stories are just so engrossing. I acctually have much in common with these charecters, I maybe the only one though. Pretty screwed up. Such tragedy and hope all in one.
They were spot on. I think Szarabajka s performance was just so right for the character.
I just about threw my kindle at the end of the book. 5 stars even though I was very upset at the abrupt ending! I suppose it is meant to be a great ending. You be the judge.
Arthur Art. He was very likeable and gave you insight to what it must be like to be overweight and homebound.
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected and really enjoyed Arthur's story.
I loved this book. I enjoyed listening to Arthur as much as I enjoyed listening to Kell and usually I tend to like 1 characters POV more than another. Both of these guys are so heartbroken but also so desperately hopeful that you cant help but have hope for them.
As always Kirby Heyborn was great and i thought Keith Szarabajka was such a wonderful match for the character of Arthur.
So, i don't write many reviews although I am always listening to books. I think my new years resolution is to start writing reviews here because I rely heavily on my fellow Audible members for recommendations. That said, listen to this book. well worth a credit!
Exceptionally well read by both readers. I loved all the characters. Difficult, weighty subjects gracefully, tenderly addressed.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
For me, the term “heft” implies recognizing weight because of trying to lift something, whereas “weight” carries the connotation of pressing down. For a major portion of this story, I just felt the weight – of depression, of inertia, of secrets and lies, and of time wasted letting opportunities pass by, especially waiting for rescue to come from outside rather than from within. It would be easy to allow the weighty stories of Arthur and Kel to become depressing, and indeed I became frustrated with both of them for their self-destructive behaviors, particularly when they told trivial and unnecessary untruths that kept them painted into their corners, isolated from those trying to make contact. I assumed from the story summary that Arthur’s and Kel’s stories would converge at some point, but it was a very long journey before the corner was turned, and some reviewers were apparently unhappy with the ending. I’m ok with it though, because the resolution was where I finally sensed the lift of “Heft”. It was worth working through the hard times to get there, for the characters and for me.
A word about the narration: I felt that the readers might have been instructed to speak way too slowly. Arthur’s voice begins the story, and fairly quickly I felt that the very slow pace of the reading was lulling me into the feeling of sinking to the bottom of the ocean. So I did something I’ve never done before – I bumped up the speed of my player. I intended to only speed up for Arthur, but when Kel started, he also spoke very slowly, so I speeded him up too. It worked. While clearly fast paced, both readers remained expressive without chipmunk voices. Perhaps a slow reading was intended to convey the depression of their lives, but the author’s words did that sufficiently without artifice. Had to downgrade the performance because of this, which is too bad, because Arthur’s voice in particular was very good and would have been excellent if read at a normal pace.
This is easily the best book I've "read" in 5 years. I felt a deep connection to all of the characters right away. I cannot say enough good things about this book, it is truly wonderful.
My favorite Character was Aurthur, he was charming and endearing.
Both performances were really wonderful, each reader brought a distinct voice to their character.
I wouldn't rename it.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
This is the story of a recluse who opens his door and finds relationships he never thought possible for him. The author succeeded in creating unique and interesting characters and the narrator did a good job of portraying them. The story was enough to keep me listening and I didn't find myself wishing for it to end sooner than it did like I have with other selections in the past. Overall I would say it was solidly OK.