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)
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.
Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.
Meryl Streep does a great job narrating this story. She makes the whole performance seem effortless.
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!
Heartburn is an intimate accurate depiction - optimistic, funny, yet heartbreaking - of a marriage crumbling at the hands of infidelity.
Key lime pie (you have to be there).
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.
Yes! It was funny, honest, warm & friendly.
I would not necessarily have gone for this had it not been for Meryl Streep's narration, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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.
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
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.
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