I enjoyed this story until the end and I will get to that later. For the most part, I found the characters and their surroundings believable as well as the strife individuals will put themselves through due to their inability or lack of willingness to take action for themselves. There were some uplifting moments but overall I felt sad for most of the characters.Overall, I was disappointed with the ending. I felt the author left us hanging without a resolution - good or bad. Then again, maybe that is what she wanted to portray. In either case, I felt empty and left hanging with the question of 'So what's next'?
I loved that even though the characters encountered difficulties, they didn't just spiral down to the depths, but were able to learn from them.
The characters were very well drawn and likable
I have not listened to these readers before, but I thought they were outstanding.
Both Arthur and Kell were very memorable. It would not be possible to choose between them, as they both enriched the story as regards living with loneliness.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Well, first of all if the story emphasis had not been on bad family realionships, alcholism. poverty, obesity, self pity, teen-age struggles. laziness, illness, self-centeredness, dirty houses, depression, people making poor choices all over the place, insecurities everywhere, broken marriages, poor parenting, who knows it may have flown as a decent book. But wait, maybe if the ending had come together in a way that was pleasing maybe, but the end only imploded in on itself. So no, nothing I can think of could have raised the rating on this book
They were the only saving grace I even finished listening to it.
I would suggest they start all over with a story that was entertaining & not so depressing
I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
The characters in this book were so engaging I wanted it to go on forever. Great narration with just the right pace made it very real.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
The Lonely Heart
I loved everything about this story. My heart broke over and over again as I listened to Kel's story and his frustration as he sought out his real father, and as I empathized with Arthur throughout his struggle with loneliness. The relationships in this book were very real and painful. Was the book "fun"? No! Peoples' pain is never enjoyable, but this was a very special narrative that will follow me for a very very long time.
No, I have never heard either of these narrators before.
If I could have, I would have listened in one sitting. I was drawn to the book with such a strong pull as to have been magnetic.
This was a wonderfully written and narrated story. I can't recommend it highly enough. Many reviewers give a précis of the story but I feel that takes something away, for the potential reader of the book. Just buy this book... you will never regret it.
When I saw that this book was partially narrated by Kirby Heyborne (Gone Girl), I had to give it a listen and I was not disappointed. This story grabbed me from the first moments. Themes of loneliness and belonging are wound into the parallel tales of an extremely overweight shut-in and a high school baseball star, grappling with a secret home life he's ashamed of. Keith Szarabajka (whom I had never heard before) and Kirby Heyborne provide remarkable narration and exquisitely bring this book to life. This pure, simple story, not unlike Labor Day, just stays with you in a way that's hard to articulate... but I've recommended it to friends who have all been equally touched by it. For a contemporary novel, I thought it was very unique and the ending surprised but not disappointed me.
Say something about yourself!
Awesome book! The story and the readers were so real. Gave me true insight into the life of an obese person and someone who lives with an alcoholic. Hit very close to home and helped me to feel compassion.
Was sad when the book ended. Wanted to follow along their path.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
According to the Online dictionary, "Heft" means (amongst other things), "the weight of someone or something". As such, this title is appropriately named. It is very heavy, indeed. In my opinion, it is unnecessarily bleak and so I do not share the stellar reviews of this story. I kept waiting for something, but it never arrived. To me, these were two short stories forced to collide. The resultant accident presented more victims than virtues. Some might say, "such is life". My reaction is to say that life is short enough; sure, provoke thought, but let us be entertained in the process. In this respect, I guess it didn't help that I juxtaposed this listen with "Mother Night" (as to which, see my review).
The performance of Arthur Opp (Szarabajka) was I thought a good one. It reminded me occasionally of his anime characters, but he got into Arthur. By contrast, I just couldn't warm to Kel (Heyborne). I thought that voice to naggingly shrill (my 12 y.o. who knows her stuff said it sounded boring, I think for its sameness).
I guess I am in a minority on this one, but it's not on my list. Sorry.
Pure and simple I LOVED this book! Heft is a story of 2 lives running in parallel and the 1 person that connects them. Both of the stories are interesting and heartaching in different ways. I felt so touched by the journey of both characters, their struggle with isolation and aloneness but manifesting in different ways. I was so wrapped up in these characters it was hard to let them go. And in the best possible way they made me reflect on my own life. And you can't review this book without mentioning the perfection of the narrators. They both embodied these characters and brought them to life. So often narrators detract from the story but in this case they made the book even better. This is one of those books that made me so appreciate the art of storytelling and I wish I had this talent. Thank you to Liz Moore for writing a beautiful story!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a captivating story that redefines "family" while exposing the loneliness people of all ages can experience. Not a happy book per se, a bit heart wrenching at times, but well worth the time and credit. The narration is terrific and the characters are well defined and relatable. This was a good listen!