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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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    Taina Porto Alegre 08-13-14
    Taina Porto Alegre 08-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "awesomeness!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep, you know? And the writting! Mindblowing good. Norah Ephron will never disappoint you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartburn?

    When Rachel's doctor asked her: "Do you believe in love?".


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    Marcia 01-12-14
    Marcia 01-12-14
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    "Best of Both Worlds"

    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.

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    Crystal MURRAY, KY, United States 10-18-13
    Crystal MURRAY, KY, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Nice light read"
    Would you listen to Heartburn again? Why?

    Yes. It's not a story with great twists and turns. Easily enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Heartburn to and why?

    Many chick lit novels.


    What about Meryl Streep’s performance did you like?

    Her voice and emphasis are amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment she realizes she has the means to leave. The lightness and freedom she must've felt was palatable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really didn't enjoy this book. There were parts that were comical but not enough in my opinion. I think some of the comedy would have been funnier if I had understood some of the Jewish customs. Meryl Streep did an amazing job. I really had to make myself finish the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    LMG 09-18-13
    LMG 09-18-13
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    "I love Meryl Streep, but...."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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