I thought the readers were very good. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. It had good content, but I felt a little let down at the end. I thought the author would have gone into more detail about the relationship that might have developed between the two main characters.
I rarely reread or listen to books again. I might with this one sometime. More likely I will seek out more books narrated by Keith Szarabajka and Kirby Heyborne, as the narration truly had me mesmerized. I had the same reaction another reviewer had, not only did I not want this book to end, but I wanted to follow these characters through the rest of their lives. Even so, for me, the ending was perfect, one could not have asked for more from this author.
The narration took a beautifully written book and elevated it to the next level. I was so caught up in the characters that I felt that I would recognize Arthur and Kel on the street. I want to follow them home, much the same way as the author described Kel's feelings about his experience with the baseball scouts.
As with "The Unseen World", it took me a while to get hooked as i felt it dragged a bit, but remembering that I stayed with it and was rewarded beyond what i even expected. Unlike so many recent characters in contemporary novels, Arthur and Kel are characters not soon to be forgotten. Well done Liz Moore.
I ordered this book after listening to Liz Moore's "The Unseen World" and was not disappointed. I am now a confirmed fan of her work.
I have listened to this book 3 times and will again .
usually listen to mystery thrillers, this book grabs me somehow. The narration for Arthur Ott is my favorite of all time.
In my book 3 stars is just average. This book did not compel me to listen while my car idled in the driveway, nor was it so bad that I was just biding my time until it was over. That being said, this is an OK story. Not a waste of a credit, but certainly not over-the-top.
Probably would not purchase a Liz Moore work. The voice acting was superb, however.
I can't imagine a scenario in which I'd recommend Heft to a friend. It lacked real growth and hope. The novel started in the depths of despair and self loathing and continued an unflinching downward descent from there. I kept listening as one watches a train reck, hoping for that balance of growth and hope but it was not really there. Only a pale shadow to suggest that real growth and hope might exist if only one sticks around for more of the story. The characters as developed and the ending would suggest that if the characters are internally consistent all will fall backward into lives of "quiet desperation".
The voice actors were pleasant to listen to. Interesting, able to carry off different characters, good inflection and depth of feeling. Good pace.
Ms. Moore does a good job of creating characters and giving depth, honesty and realism. She should work on creating a more balanced novel. What is the purpose of the work? The message? The redeeming value to the consumer? This one failed to deliver, unless the warm, feel good hug of Nietche's existential nihilism was the goal. Review by K. Bury.
This was a wonderful story about finding family. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys well-developed characters and stories of perseverance and survival juxtaposed against the back drop of suburbia. I really liked Arthur and Kel's perspective.
I would have given five stars, but, I listened to this story, becoming more and more entranced with the characters, and, just as I felt I was finally going to get the payoff of what happens when the finally meet, the story abruptly ends and I wanted to throw my IPhone in a tantrum! "Artistic" endings stink!
This is a story of loneliness and loss and fear of the unknowns. Performed with such excellence written with such tenderness and combined for a wonderful read.
Listen and enjoy. It is simply marvelous
I love a book that takes the time to flesh out its characters and their relationships with others. This was a well written character study of four interesting personalities and it was performed beautifully. I was captive to their stories as all their lives built to a crescendo. And then it ended. Before the crescendo! While I really hate when a book comes to an abrupt end without rhyme or reason, 'Heft' was well worth the read if you enjoy character study books. I do recommend it.
I have never before had such an emotional response to a character in a book. Arthur's honesty and self-awareness is part of what makes him so endearing, even while his self-esteem, weight issues and decisions raise other emotions. Arthur is so real to me and Moore did an amazing job of realistically portraying how a person can withdraw so far from society while simultaneously yearning to belong. Arthur's words are so poignant and vivid, he had my heart from the very beginning. While Yolonda (his maid) and Kel (a pro-baseball hopeful teenager) live sterotypical have-not lives, their personalities drew me in as well.
This is a suspense story of dysfunction with vulnerability, courage, love, clarity and persistence rather than action and Ninja skills. The storylines were not obvious, as I expected them to be, but were unique and unexpected. The abrupt ending was a disturbing surprise. I just was not ready to let go of Arthur, Yolonda and Kel.
A great deal of accolades also goes to the narrators who did a superb job. I will look for more of their work and other books by Moore.