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Heartburn Audiobook

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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    Ty M. 03-29-15
    Ty M. 03-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Just okay"

    The reviews were amazing so I expected to love it and laugh but I didn't pick up the humor in it. The story line flowed and I wasn't bored but I don't get why it was so well loved.

    2 of 4 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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?".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
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    "Not For Me"
    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.


    0 of 0 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 8 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


    2 of 5 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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    Freely Smile 04-18-16
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    "Boring"

    I didn't like the story, it was all over the place. I was wondering did she leaves her husband or stayed.

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  • Hilary T.
    Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Unexpected pleasure"

    I knew nothing about Norah Ephron other than that she had been married to one of the Watergate journalists, Carl Bernstein, but I was attracted to this audiobook by the fact that it was narrated by the superlative actress, Meryl Streep. It did not disappoint. Meryl Streep really brings the story to life by putting persuasive emotion into the account of a woman who is cheated on by her husband when she is 8 months pregnant. It turns out that this is not the first time and the questions are - stay or go? forgive or not forgive? divorce or try and save the marriage? It could so easily have been a depressing and dire story, but it is not. It is whimsical on occasions, bitter on others, but never anything less than entertaining. I have since found out that Norah Ephron was a journalist, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director. So sad that such a multi- talented woman died at only 71. However, this beautifully performed audiobook is a great tribute to her memory. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
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    9/5/13
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    "So great!! I don't want it to end!"
    Where does Heartburn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story - and the reading is just perfect.


    What other book might you compare Heartburn to, and why?

    Never read anything like it.


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

    Rachel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Juanma Lorente
    2/24/16
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    "lots of fun!"

    Really easy to listen to loved the recipes and Meryl was outstanding. would definitely recommend

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  • P78
    1/17/16
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    "enjoyable and excellently narrated"

    I enjoyed this book - the story was good; as witty as it was poignant. Meryl Streep is, as expected, an excellent narrator. The whole thing just seemed to end rather abruptly. I'll definitely be trying more Nora Ephron, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eve
    9/24/15
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    "Meryl Streep enhances story."

    I was actually looking for something with Meryl & had heard the title before. It's light, easy listening but made 100 times better through the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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