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Heartburn | [Nora Ephron]

Heartburn

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has "a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs" is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

©2011 Nora Ephron (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Great fun. . . . Though Heartburn bristles ferociously with wit, it's not lacking in soul." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise." (Harper's Bazaar)

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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 09-22-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "You will need Mylanta after this!"
    If you could sum up Heartburn in three words, what would they be?

    The book gave me heartburn. The story was really flat - another divorce story - no solutions, no depth of characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Meryl Streep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Meryl Streep - but her performance was just ok.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No reaction, other than it was a credited wasted.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Mercer, MO, United States 09-21-13
    Linda Mercer, MO, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.

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    "Nora Ephron is always a fun read or listen in this"

    Meryl Streep does a great job narrating this story. She makes the whole performance seem effortless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LMG Midwest 09-18-13
    LMG Midwest 09-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I love Meryl Streep, but...."
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    Meryl Streep is the greatest actress of all time. She can convey a million words with the raise of an eyebrow. However, her narrating style is grating. It feels like she's trying to win an academy award with every sentence spoken, and she reads each sentence as if it has 3 or 4 periods in it. Pause, pause, pause. I just wanted a relaxing "read", but I ended up with nausea and a headache. I love Streep's voice, itself. Maybe she'll calm down and get better as time goes by. Anyway, I bet she'd make a wonderful narrator for children's books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sweeley Castro Nothern California 09-14-13
    Mary Sweeley Castro Nothern California 09-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "This Heartburn is a complete pleasure"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartburn the most enjoyable?

    Heartburn is an intimate accurate depiction - optimistic, funny, yet heartbreaking - of a marriage crumbling at the hands of infidelity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartburn?

    Key lime pie (you have to be there).


    Have you listened to any of Meryl Streep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to a book read by Meryl Streep. As we have come to expect, Meryl becomes her characters, and in this case I felt like she channeling Nora - at times I thought it was Nora reading. I read this after the passing of Nora Ephron (sigh) and I felt like I had the benefit of one more of her brilliant stories. A true treat.


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    Jessie Melbourne, Australia 09-13-13
    Jessie Melbourne, Australia 09-13-13
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    "Heartwarming and honest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It was funny, honest, warm & friendly.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not necessarily have gone for this had it not been for Meryl Streep's narration, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Provost Richmond, VA 09-08-13
    Alison Provost Richmond, VA 09-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Would give 10 stars if I could"

    There aren't words to describe how fabulous this piece of writing is, nor how incredibly Meryl Streep brings it to life. Hysterically funny but also thought-provoking.

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    Helen Waiheke Island, New Zealand 08-09-13
    Helen Waiheke Island, New Zealand 08-09-13
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    "Wonderful narration"

    Meryl Streep really brought this story to life. Funny, sad, but mostly funny. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ibe Boca Raton, FL, United States 08-02-13
    Ibe Boca Raton, FL, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Movie, book, audio..."

    Why do we keep coming back to Nora Ephron Heartburn? Because it's a timeless, witty, laugh out loud, sad and real story. If you saw the movie, you know how good the story is. If you know nothing about it, just enjoy the surprise of listening to this amazing actress read the story. If you read the book, listen to Meryl Streep read it to you again. Trust me she does a much better job than you could ever do. The recipes peppered into the story are a real bonus. The carefully guarded secret recipe for vinaigrette is excellent not to mention the peach pie...yummy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maura United States 08-01-13
    Maura United States 08-01-13
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    "just ok"

    i like meryl streep but didn't find the book very interesting. just wasn't for me.

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    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-16-13
    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well read cook book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A whole different story This was more a cook book than a story. i was so sad this was the case.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Ephron again?

    I dont think so.


    Which character – as performed by Meryl Streep – was your favorite?

    Just her voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Meryl Streep reading the story.


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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