Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction, 2013
A heartwarming novel about larger-than-life characters and second chances....
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur - a plea for help - that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.
©2012 Liz Moore (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A suspenseful, restorative novel from one of our fine young voices.” (Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning author)
“In Heft, Liz Moore creates a cast of vulnerable, lonely misfits that will break your heart and then make it soar. What a terrific novel!” (Ann Hood, best-selling author of The Red Thread)
“This is the real deal, Liz Moore is the real deal - she’s written a novel that will stick with you long after you’ve finished it.” (Russell Banks, Pulitzer Prize finalist)
I wanted to like this book but couldn't make it past the first few chapters. Not only is the whole premise depressing and pitiful, but the narrator's voice is a real "downer. I can't say there might be some saving grace in this book, but I couldn't wallow in this man's misery any longer. Don't waste your money!
There are already plenty of glowing reviews for this beautifully written work. I just want to sing the praises of Keith Szarabajka, who absolutely brought the lead character to life.
I think about this often since many of my reading friends don't use audiobooks. These 2 narrators climbed inside their characters and brought them to life. Well done.
I didn't know what to expect from Heft. As it turns out, Liz Moore can paint characters with a deft brush. She doesn't rely on conspiracies or forbidden romance to tell a story. Instead she creates 2 damaged characters and simply lets them speak. Is this the best book I've ever "read"? No. But it's in the ball park.
This book had some slow parts but overall it was good. I got quite caught up in each of their lives. The ending was disappointing. I really wanted to know how the relationship would end up.
This is a story of loneliness, loss, what could have been, and finding unexpected friendships. Hard to believe this is not a sad story, but one ultimately filled with hope. When it first began, I was rather ambivalent about the story. Once the narrator switched, I was completely hooked. I really enjoyed this book!
The narration is a perfect complement to this beautiful beautiful story. There is so much to enjoy and so much to learn from this book, as I do each time I listen to it. It is about losing your family and then it is about your family finding you.
I did not want this story to end! I loved this odd, mesmerizing book. Though cold and depressing at times, I really enjoyed the character development. I did feel it ended rather rapidly though; would love a sequel.
I loved this story, having just returned from New York myself, wanting to feel closer to the city and its people. Touching and well crafted loved it from beginning to end.
I liked both main characters, felt they were both well developed and felt great empathy for both their stories.
They brought a depth and roundness to their characters, that I certainly would not have felt by simply reading the book. Their use of different accents to bring out other smaller characters in the book only added to the enjoyment. Kirby Heyborne's reading was beautiful, warm, endearing and totally the flesh ,bones and heart of his character. I felt his every sad,happy or hard drawn breath.
Kirby Heyborne's character- so sorry I have forgotten his name.
A jewel of a story. I would highly recommend it to young and old. Finished listening and felt the world was a better place.
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