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 like books that are not typical; books that are different but though this book fits that criteria, it was not worth the money or time. The performance was perfect but the story sunk the ship. I nearly gave it up halfway through but then came the twist that kept me going: The twist that turned out to be just a slight of hand and made me regret finishing. If you decide to give this book a chance and it doesn't have you halfway through, give it up as it is not redeemed upon further reading.
I loved the characters and especially Keith Szarabajka's narration.
I wish it wouldn't have ended so abruptly. I suppose it's a mark of a good story when it leaves you wanting to hear more, but the ending to this story felt abandoned.
Any scene with Arthur and Yolanda.
Another Audible Addict
This is one of my favorite books this year. I feel so lucky to have discovered Liz Moore and even more happy to get it at a diiscounted price.
Arthurs's voice was so soothing. I wanted to just keep on listening to it. I could have listened to this book all in one sitting. All the characters are so real they come right out of the pages and I found myself silently rooting for them. it's a very engaging book. If its not already evident, I cannot rave enough. If there were more than 5 stars I would give them. Tugs on your heart in so many ways, and is so touchingly human. Great story , told and written so well.
Thanks to all the members of my Audible fan club!
I liked this book. It was not full of suspense and horror, but rather was just about everyday people dealing with life's issues and interacting with each other along the way. It's the kind of easy going book you can just kick back, bond with the characters, and enjoy. I thought Heft was unusual and a nice change of pace.
I thought the readers were very good. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. It had good content, but I felt a little let down at the end. I thought the author would have gone into more detail about the relationship that might have developed between the two main characters.
I rarely reread or listen to books again. I might with this one sometime. More likely I will seek out more books narrated by Keith Szarabajka and Kirby Heyborne, as the narration truly had me mesmerized. I had the same reaction another reviewer had, not only did I not want this book to end, but I wanted to follow these characters through the rest of their lives. Even so, for me, the ending was perfect, one could not have asked for more from this author.
The narration took a beautifully written book and elevated it to the next level. I was so caught up in the characters that I felt that I would recognize Arthur and Kel on the street. I want to follow them home, much the same way as the author described Kel's feelings about his experience with the baseball scouts.
As with "The Unseen World", it took me a while to get hooked as i felt it dragged a bit, but remembering that I stayed with it and was rewarded beyond what i even expected. Unlike so many recent characters in contemporary novels, Arthur and Kel are characters not soon to be forgotten. Well done Liz Moore.
I ordered this book after listening to Liz Moore's "The Unseen World" and was not disappointed. I am now a confirmed fan of her work.
I have listened to this book 3 times and will again .
usually listen to mystery thrillers, this book grabs me somehow. The narration for Arthur Ott is my favorite of all time.
In my book 3 stars is just average. This book did not compel me to listen while my car idled in the driveway, nor was it so bad that I was just biding my time until it was over. That being said, this is an OK story. Not a waste of a credit, but certainly not over-the-top.
Probably would not purchase a Liz Moore work. The voice acting was superb, however.
I can't imagine a scenario in which I'd recommend Heft to a friend. It lacked real growth and hope. The novel started in the depths of despair and self loathing and continued an unflinching downward descent from there. I kept listening as one watches a train reck, hoping for that balance of growth and hope but it was not really there. Only a pale shadow to suggest that real growth and hope might exist if only one sticks around for more of the story. The characters as developed and the ending would suggest that if the characters are internally consistent all will fall backward into lives of "quiet desperation".
The voice actors were pleasant to listen to. Interesting, able to carry off different characters, good inflection and depth of feeling. Good pace.
Ms. Moore does a good job of creating characters and giving depth, honesty and realism. She should work on creating a more balanced novel. What is the purpose of the work? The message? The redeeming value to the consumer? This one failed to deliver, unless the warm, feel good hug of Nietche's existential nihilism was the goal. Review by K. Bury.
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