Her vast experience as an actor is much of what makes the listening to this book so very enjoyable. Though it does help that Ephron's writing is so terrific.
In Heartburn, Nora Ephron pens a story of truth about relationships, commitment, heartache & betrayal within a family laced with the common comfort of food. Although we all have an escapism when things go awry, for this main character that thing is represented by food & cookbooks.
This is a great story that touches on the inner workings on marriage as an ultimate relationship and how an agreement between two parties on how that relationship is working is the central glue that can make or break it, in the end.
Have always loved Nora Ephron's movies now love her books. The combo of her writing with Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding.
'Heartburn' was originally published in 1983, and is the fictionalised account of the breakdown of her marriage to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein. Like her main character, Rachel Samstat, Ephron's husband had an affair when she was pregnant with their second child (indeed, Carl Bernstein threatened to sue over the book and subsequent film, but never did). Rachel's story is told with self-deprecating humour and interspersed with recipes as she is a minor celebrity chef of sorts. Some of the recipes sounded quite delicious, but one of the downsides of an audiobook is the difficulty of relocating treasures within once the narrator has passed them by.
As for the narration, who could ask more than Meryl? She is, as you would expect, brilliant, and adds much to the humour of the novel. My main criticism of the novel - and there's not much that can be done about it, given it was originally published over 30 years ago - is that the story is quite dated. I think it would have been a little more cutting edge in its time, but in the past 30 years the story of wronged partner making good on their own has been done time and time again.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
The book gave me heartburn. The story was really flat - another divorce story - no solutions, no depth of characters.
The only thing Ms. Ephron nailed were the description of the emotions of the characters. Yet there was no spice to the story and some aspects were unbelievable. The only spice given were the cusswords.
I love Meryl Streep - but her performance was just ok.
No reaction, other than it was a credited wasted.
This book had great reviews, so I thought I give it a try. I have read better books about divorces, as tragic as that is, but this one was just mere average. Get the book on sale, don't waist a credit.
This was very well read and well written. It is great to know it was based on fact. It really is a heart breaking situation that was told hilariously. I love that she told the story about her famous husband. I have been quoting lines from this book to my friends. I think the narration helped to enhance the book.