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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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    Deb Smith 03-25-15
    Deb Smith 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Meryl Streep was too expressive"
    What didn’t you like about Meryl Streep’s performance?

    Her volume changed and she yelled occasionally. I listen to books at night when I can't sleep and sometimes as I was drifting off to sleep, her yelling would wake me up. She was expressive, but if you are listening to this to relax, this is not the reading for you.


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    Frak 03-22-15
    Frak 03-22-15
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    "not my favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartburn the most enjoyable?

    It was fun to listen to Meryl Streep and i enjoyed the humor in the book. Its a very light and simple story that quickly started to bore me. I did listen all the way through and hoped for an interesting ending of which I didn't find.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It had some cute humor tied into the story and a few times I laughed out loud. I think it takes some skill to write humor


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

    no


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

    funny


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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.

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    RueRue 12-09-14
    RueRue 12-09-14

    RueRue

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    "Funny and Observant"

    Meryl Streep + Nora Ephron = a funny and observant look at a marriage break-up. How could this be so laugh-out-loud funny ? Trust me, it is. Nora Ephron has a very distinctive. writing voice and sense of humor, and Meryl Streep gives a perfect performance.

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    Pamela 10-18-14
    Pamela 10-18-14
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    "Meryl delivers !"

    I'm not sure if I would have liked this book as much as a hardback...but I LOVED this version with Meryl Streep narrating!!! That voice! It gives me the comforting impression of sitting down to an intimate lunch with my best friend, and having her tell me in the most humorous way possible, all about what is wrong with her marriage, for the sole purpose of making me feel better about mine. The voice inflections feel so intimate and perfect! I can't remember when I've enjoyed the narration of an audio book more!!!

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    PAT Little River, SC, United States 10-08-14
    PAT Little River, SC, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE her voice, too bad it was such fluff"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    continuity...it jumped around too much.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something with more heft...fiction.


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

    ANYTHING she's done in the movies, love her


    Did Heartburn inspire you to do anything?

    enjoy relationships without suspicion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 08-28-14
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "Fun, food and frivolity makes heartache seem easy!"
    What did you love best about Heartburn?

    Meryl Streep's wonderful voice and characterizations - as well as recipes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intelligence, humor and biting sarcasm


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about Rachel's first husband's hamster - too funny!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so - I couldn't stop laughing


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this again and again. Meryl doing giggles, angry snorts, mimicking other people's accents - especially the men - hilarious!

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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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