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Heft | [Liz Moore]

Heft

Forrmer 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 HouseHeft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

©2012 Liz Moore (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Sylvia Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-03-13
    Sylvia Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A PAGE TURNER"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    The narration by Kirby Heyborne. He brought the character to life and made him human and very real.You can almost hear Arthur walking and see the pain in his face .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur. He took away my prejudice about obese people and open my mind and heart to them


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no,but will look for their work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments,but when I it became clear to me that society teach us to think that the better looking we are or the more education we have the less we have to depend on other people is an absolutely lie. We need each other so desperately .


    Any additional comments?

    Love,love the tenderness and humanity of the story,and the narration was beyond expectation.

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    Dawn Petaluma, CA United States 11-03-13
    Dawn Petaluma, CA United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great ending!"

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel, as the synopsis didn't really appeal to me. But it is beuatifully read, and I really liked the people, the characters. Their lives are difficult in many ways, but the protagonists' narratives are delivered without whining, without self-pity, and with beautiful simplicity and honesty. Highly recommend you give this book a try.

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    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 10-28-13
    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 10-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just didn't care and gave up half way."
    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book because of the gushing reviews. Just goes to show what a disparate group of listeners we are. Lots of style and not all that much substance. Nicely read but I just did not want to wallow in relentless misery and gave up about half way. Listened to the last 10 mins to see where the characters ended up - exactly where I expected - and was glad I didn't spend any more time on the book than I did. Should have returned it really. Very, very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 10-22-13
    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A very special story"

    Such a unique story, with a depth of emotion that made for a wonderful "listen." Keith Szarabajka did a particularly good job with his character. I didn't want this book to end!

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    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 10-18-13
    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    A professor at Dodge College, I teach Film Music. I spent 33 years in the movie business before teaching. I LOVE books and my girls. Ta-Da!

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    "Empathy for an extraordinarily fat man"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't write a review if I couldn't recommend this book. Maybe I like stories about fat characters. (John Kennedy Toole's Ignatius J. Reilly) With Audible's Return Policy, you really can't lose! The story feels real and its plot grows organically more complicated- the kind of complicated one savors. Someone else's neuroses while you, the reader, relax in a comforting bubble bath. (Or your car)I'm not a top reviewer, but when I review—I love or hate. This is love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the author could write about something so foreign, yet so touching.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    fabulous. both.


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

    sure.


    Any additional comments?

    my 14 and 17 y/o girls loved it as much as I did.

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    C. Oneal California 09-18-13
    C. Oneal California 09-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "The End was Cowardess"
    Would you try another book from Liz Moore and/or Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ?

    Maybe from Kirby. Keith was almost too creepy and exaggerated. Though it was probably what the writer called for. I am much more concerned about the writing than the performance. The writing was drawn out to belabor too many points and too much melancholy. I didn't need a happily ever after. But I feel cheated. I got half of the story. I felt as if it were dragging on and on, though it was worth it if ...... I feel the story ended at the climax. The parts leading up to it I surmised by the brief description of the story. The whole book was a LONG illustration of the synopsis. So what was the story exactly? It's as if I said oh my you know what happened? And then I gave a 13 hour set up to give you a point of reference and there NEVER told you what happened. Very disappointing.


    Was Heft worth the listening time?

    Not by the time I got to the end.


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    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-13-13
    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Immersive"
    Where does Heft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the best, because i was very immersed in the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt I like I really knew Arthur and Kel as people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps just a line about something that Charlene said to Arthur about being invisible. Mostly it's interesting to me to see the perspectives of different people vividly brought to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Interestingly, i didn't feel like very much happened. maybe that is because i am usually listening to thrillers. More than half of it centers around life in a low-income bracket. Loneliness is a central theme. What it is to be human...from Arthur and Kel's perspectives.

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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 09-13-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    "Main characters were so well developed"

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Kirby H is one of my favorite narrators & he did not disappoint. The author developed both main characters to the point that in each case I felt an overwhelming need to sympathize with them. The details of their lives were so realistic - it made the book one of my favorites this year. There was no "mystery" or "thriller" - it was just believable regular people with problems one could relate to. Hopefully we see more of Liz Moore in the future.

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    Linda San Diego, CA, United States 09-06-13
    Linda San Diego, CA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Heartwarming story with Superb Narration"

    A book about a fat man--not really an appealing subject, but reviews were good so I gave it a try. What a treat! The characters came alive, and the two narrators were so exceptional.

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    Cindy Gloucester, ON, Canada 08-22-13
    Cindy Gloucester, ON, Canada 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I didn't want it to end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I do feel the narration made the book very exciting and really drew me into the characters and the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    I loved the narration and the characters. I became very entrenched in the story and wanted to know more about the characters.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    Loved!


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

    This book made me laugh, cry and made me want to get involved with these characters. It was excellent story development.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it would have been longer. I wanted to know more about what happened with the characters and the relationships. Great book, it left me wanting more.

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  • Andrew
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    12/23/13
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    "A book with weight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    The narrator of Arthur Opp is especially excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    When Arthur goes for a walk for the first time. Never has a journey to the park being such an adventure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many.... This is a sentimental journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I have 99 audiobooks in my library. This is one of the best.

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  • cheryl
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "An unexpected joy to read"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    I found the narration perfect for the subject matter, and loved both characters. The slow, contemplative style was relaxing and easy to lose oneself in.I was left feeling emotionally drained when I'd finished it, and not ready to jump into my next book. It's a story that gives one a lot to think about, both whilst reading and long afterwards.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    This isn't a novel filled with moments of great action, adventure or suspense. It's a story of inner thoughts and regrets, but it's also certainly not without hope and optimism. The most memorable parts of the novel for me are the most emotional, and there are plenty of those. Both Arthur and Kel meeting their fathers. Yolanda's life mirroring that of Charlene, the pregnant, college dropout. Kel's placing of the obituary which Arthur will most assuredly read. This scene wasn't overly long or descriptive, but still leaves a sense of loss and sadness, that lingers.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka – was your favourite?

    All characters were very well voiced but I prefered Arthur Opp/Yolanda, not because the narration was any better, but as I felt a greater compassion and connection to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry when the book finished, as the end of the novel was just the beginning of the story, I could have spent many more hours enjoying the company of Arthur, Yolanda and Kel. I will definitely listen to this again in the near future.

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