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.
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"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)
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.
I love Nora Ephron. I love Meryl Streep. This book has been given rave reviews. However, was one of the worst things I have listened to in years. I gave it 45 long minutes, then turned it off and took a Tylenol for my headache.
Yes, just not this.
A whole different story This was more a cook book than a story. i was so sad this was the case.
I dont think so.
Just her voice.
Meryl Streep reading the story.
Meryl Streep is a wonderful narrator. You can get lost in her delivery of Ephron's witty and timeless story of divorce. Ephron writes an autobiographical account of her real-life divorce to Carl Bernstein. The events leading up to the split are heartbreaking and gut wrenchingly hilarious.
Ephron spins a domestic dissolution into a timeless comedy.
Streep's portrayal of Richard and Juanita the maid were laugh out loud moments. Her performance of Rachel transforms Rachel into a real person and not just a witty woman reminiscing on her bygone divorce at a cocktail party.
It's a perfect title.
This was mostly an angry story of a woman who was cheated by her husband. And the following divorce. But she wraps the story with funny anecdotes and funny remarks. And Lots of recipes in between.
Meryl Streep does a great job narrating.
having read and loved the book, watched and enjoyed the movie, the audiobook read by the incomparable ms. streep does not disappoint. it seems superfluous to praise the way the late ms. ephron told the story of a marriage unravelling. her writing was stellar and inimitable. just this: never has a discussion about the "benefits" of a loving relationship ending and its consequences in relation to the possibilities of hitherto unknown carnal practises been more hilarious.
Best. Audiobook. Ever.
Every passing reference to her husband's therapist, Our Lady of the Castanets, is hilarious. But the entire book is memorable. I read and loved it many years ago when it was published. As performed by Meryl Streep, it is the newest, freshest story ever: The first time in history a husband has left his wife for another woman. As a bonus, it is especially funny for those of us old enough to remember who these people were/are in real life when it was written.
All of them. The experience of listening to this book is like sitting in a theater for a one-woman show: It is performed by one of the greatest actors of our time using the words of one of the greatest writers of our time.
Rachel, the co-cuckold. How could it not be? Her husband has left her and she can't even date.
I have enjoyed 100s of audiobooks and expect to enjoy 100s more. But "Heartburn" will always be The Best Audiobook Ever. I can't believe I stumbled on it accidentally after all these years.
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.
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