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Heartburn Audiobook

Heartburn

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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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    Danielle W. 08-21-15
    Danielle W. 08-21-15 Member Since 2014

    Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.

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    "Meryl Streep is my woman crush."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heartburn to be better than the print version?

    OOOOOHHHHHH yes. I liked the story overall but Meryl Streep took it to the next level. She's amazingly talented.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Ephron? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I think I would have to be in the mood. It was slow-moving and just a lot of he said she said and gossip. That's not really my style but she did keep my attention until the end because I really, really wanted to know if Rachel would leave Mark.


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

    No, but I would love to. I'd listen to a book on astrophysics if she narrated it.


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

    Not really.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA United States 02-02-15
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

    ilsapeels

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    "Spoiler alert - it ends"

    I only wanted it to go on forever but Meryl stopped at some point and I am pretty upset about that.

    1 of 2 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
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    "Not For Me"
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    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cari 07-27-13
    Cari 07-27-13
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    "Great, if you like narcissistic whining"
    Would you try another book from Nora Ephron and/or Meryl Streep?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Ephron again?

    Yes, just not this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Whine less


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

    None


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Chicago, IL, United States 09-26-13
    Alexander Chicago, IL, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Ephron's come to life with Streep's Narration"
    Would you listen to Heartburn again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ephron spins a domestic dissolution into a timeless comedy.


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

    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.


    If you could rename Heartburn, what would you call it?

    It's a perfect title.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 09-04-16
    Linda 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved the narrator"

    I enjoyed the story, it was very entertaining. Well written. The narrator was really very good. Loved Meryl

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    Jeanie B Perez 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Read deliciously by Meryl Streep"

    The protagonist and all of the characters in the novel are magically reborn via Meryl Streep's gifted and exceptional reading. Each character was given a unique and appropriate cadence and tone, and in some cases, dead on accents. Streep plays the role of a woman facing many crisis in the late 70s/early 80s - before cell phones and texting and the Internet. And while the plot may be somewhat predictable, there is nothing predictable about the charm, wit, sadness, anger, strength in Streep's voice. I enjoyed it! And I enjoyed the key lime pie recipe too!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 08-30-16
    Bonnie 08-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "BORING!!!"

    I tried and tried to see humor but it just fell flat.
    The one good thing I can say is that Meryl was good.

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    Laura 08-27-16
    Laura 08-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful quick listen."

    Wonderfully read. Definitely the ladies will appreciate this more than the men. I like everything Nora writes so this was no surprise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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