I loved the characters in this book. They're the kind I miss when the final few sentences draw the story to its conclusion. I have to "close the book", and wonder what will happen next in their lives.
A family member mentioned she'd read the book rather than my preferred method of audio reading. I cannot imagine knowing the personalities in Heft without the incredibly insightful performances of the two readers. Especially tender was Kirby Heyborne's depiction of the lead character.
The story was fascinating, surprising, never slow but instead seemed to get better and better as it progressed.
I couldn't put it down therefore I finished it all too soon!
I enjoy listening to audio books because they entertain me while doing other mundane life's chores!!! I am taken to other places and have an eclectic taste!
I really enjoyed the performance and the story....not exactly what I expected at the end, but a great listen by the elder Arthur and younger Arthur...And I loved Yolanda!! Listen, and you will learn!!
This truly was a great book. I listened to it in less than three days -- usually it takes me weeks to listen to a book.
The characters were rich, the emotions were real, the story was great.
That being said, the book ended very suddenly. It wasn't a bad ending, It left more to the imagination than I prefer. I prefer closure. The ending is the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars.
family of book worms
My only complaint is that I wanted one more chapter. It hints at resolution, but you don't get to hear it.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
A really good story of a lonely overweight man and a young man with a sick and dysfunctional Mum. The book is two stories in one, the older man and the youner man and the Mum that is the connection between the two. It is beautifully written and the dialogue is thought provoking, gentle and poignant.
A very lovely story.. not too disimilar to Water for Elephants in style and narration.
I really enjoyed this book, Arthur and Kel were believable, rich characters and their relationship was well crafted. Recommend!
I would recommend this book. I found Arthurs character very endearing. I also liked the other parts, but something about Arthur I found very captivating.
Having two different narrators was great- they both made listening enjoyable and portrayed their main characters well.
It made me think of The Glass Castle- how choices of our parents impact our lives beyond childhood.
No, I really enjoyed both readers performances and would definitely listen to other books they read.
I didn't have an extreme reaction, but did re-listen to several sections by Arthur .
This book makes me realize that a day spent feeling sorry for yourself is certainly a wasted day. Such a good story- I will definitely re-listen soon.
Loneliness, family, fear
Excellent readers really made the book
The entire story was moving because of the depth of the characters
My only complaint with the book was that it got a little tedious about three-quarters in. I felt it could have been an hour or so shorter without losing anything.