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
"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)
Her volume changed and she yelled occasionally. I listen to books at night when I can't sleep and sometimes as I was drifting off to sleep, her yelling would wake me up. She was expressive, but if you are listening to this to relax, this is not the reading for you.
It was fun to listen to Meryl Streep and i enjoyed the humor in the book. Its a very light and simple story that quickly started to bore me. I did listen all the way through and hoped for an interesting ending of which I didn't find.
It had some cute humor tied into the story and a few times I laughed out loud. I think it takes some skill to write humor
I only wanted it to go on forever but Meryl stopped at some point and I am pretty upset about that.
Meryl Streep + Nora Ephron = a funny and observant look at a marriage break-up. How could this be so laugh-out-loud funny ? Trust me, it is. Nora Ephron has a very distinctive. writing voice and sense of humor, and Meryl Streep gives a perfect performance.
I'm not sure if I would have liked this book as much as a hardback...but I LOVED this version with Meryl Streep narrating!!! That voice! It gives me the comforting impression of sitting down to an intimate lunch with my best friend, and having her tell me in the most humorous way possible, all about what is wrong with her marriage, for the sole purpose of making me feel better about mine. The voice inflections feel so intimate and perfect! I can't remember when I've enjoyed the narration of an audio book more!!!
continuity...it jumped around too much.
something with more heft...fiction.
ANYTHING she's done in the movies, love her
enjoy relationships without suspicion.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
Meryl Streep's wonderful voice and characterizations - as well as recipes!
Intelligence, humor and biting sarcasm
Hearing about Rachel's first husband's hamster - too funny!
Very much so - I couldn't stop laughing
I will listen to this again and again. Meryl doing giggles, angry snorts, mimicking other people's accents - especially the men - hilarious!
Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep, you know? And the writting! Mindblowing good. Norah Ephron will never disappoint you.
When Rachel's doctor asked her: "Do you believe in love?".
What a true joy -- Nora Ephron's writing complimented by Meryl Streep's narration. Perfection. The only thing that could make this a better experience would be eating cheesecake while listening.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. It's not a story with great twists and turns. Easily enjoyable.
Many chick lit novels.
Her voice and emphasis are amazing.
The moment she realizes she has the means to leave. The lightness and freedom she must've felt was palatable.
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