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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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    Amazon Customer 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

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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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    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.


    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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    DLR san diego, CA, United States 01-18-17
    DLR san diego, CA, United States 01-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Divorce..."

    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.

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    claudia 01-15-17
    claudia 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "heartfelt, funny, sad, hopeful"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin B. Branch Boca Raton, FL USA 10-25-16
    Robin B. Branch Boca Raton, FL USA 10-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great actor reads great author"
    If you could sum up Heartburn in three words, what would they be?

    Best. Audiobook. Ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartburn?

    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.


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

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Heartburn and why?

    Rachel, the co-cuckold. How could it not be? Her husband has left her and she can't even date.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawren 10-19-16
    Lawren 10-19-16
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    "Heartburn review"

    Meryl Streep is the most amazing narrator but this book is very boring! No story lin

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie 10-07-16
    Cassie 10-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Laugh out loud"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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