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Heft

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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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    Nancy L. Collins 07-03-15

    Nancy Collins

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    "Absolutely Fabulous"

    I have listened to the book 3 times over the past two years. It is one of my all time favorites. The writing style is superb. I laugh and also feel sad at different times. Oh how life is messy but that's what makes it so magical. As I reflect on Arthur Opp, Yolanda and Kel Keller I feel hope. This is why I come back to Heft again and again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Starla Yount 06-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I didn't want it to end."

    I enjoyed this book so much that I found reasons to rearrange my tasks sob that I could stay productive and keep listening. I was not prepared for the story to end and wish there were more chapters to the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crabitat 06-29-15
    Crabitat 06-29-15 Member Since 2012

    Crabitat

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    "Unsatisfying Ending"
    Would you try another book from Liz Moore and/or Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ?

    Probably not.


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

    Most interesting were the minor characters. Least interesting was the monotone of the readers.


    What aspect of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance would you have changed?

    Please, please, please add more character into the performance. The reading was a drone, with the exception of voicing the minor characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. There were many loose ends, and the story just seemed to drop off without any kind of real ending.


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    Casey 06-27-15
    Casey 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Took me by surprise!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, but the narrators bring it to life so perfectly I can't imagine reading it myself in print would have done it justice.


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

    N/A


    If you could take any character from Heft out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Arther Opp, because he has an awkwardness to which I can relate.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is beautiful and unexpectedly complicated and completely heart-wrenching, but the way the narrators give it depth is...amazing. I found myself counting down until the next time I'd be able to listen to more of the story, and when it was done (both because of the writing and the narration) I found myself wanting SO much more.

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    Elizabeth Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 06-27-15
    Elizabeth Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I was expecting"

    Both narrators were excellent but I was disappointed in the story. That may be, however, because it wasn't what I was expecting. I expected the two main characters lives to interact but they're really two parallel stories - related by an important but minor shared character. I enjoyed each story on its own but it felt a little like a set-up for sequel. Again, maybe that was just my misguided idea of what the book was about.

    Bottom line is I recommend this book but go into in with an open mind.

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    Mary Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada 06-26-15
    Mary Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada 06-26-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Not much action but a lot of story"

    I enjoyed this book for the way the work unfolds, the compassion I felt for Arthur, annoyance and then compassion for Cal, and frustration over Cal's mother. Juliana ( pronounced Yolanda), so free of judgement, was my favourite character. The ending was very brief, I wanted more, but now thinking about it, the lingering bit of ambiguity was the right tone

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    A. Musser Atlanta 06-23-15
    A. Musser Atlanta 06-23-15 Member Since 2013

    Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.

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    "Great Narrator, Disappointing Plot"
    What did you like best about Heft? What did you like least?

    The narrator did Arthur's voice very well. It was easy to imagine what he looked like. However, he made Charlene sound unlikable. But overall, the narration was the most intriguing part of the book and that's pretty disappointing. The plot just fell completely flat and it's another book that just stops instead if having an ending. I get what the author was trying to do but too many story lines were introduced that just stopped instead of reaching any type of conclusion. When the book was over, I felt like, "What, that's it?" I felt like I'd wasted my time. The ending was just lazy. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because the story did keep my attention for the most part. But I debated knocking it back to one star.


    What could Liz Moore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have written an ending. Instead it felt like she just stopped writing. Very dissatisfying book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like it based on reviews and I'm really sad that the ending was so disappointing. My biggest pet peeve is a story that just stops without wrapping up the plot. The author did the characters a disservice by leaving them just floating out there with no direction. I found the book entertaining while I was listening but it got long winded in parts and I found my mind wandering more and more as I approached the end. And then the ending was so utterly flat and lazy that I felt angry that I spent time listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 06-22-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Strains the heartstrings..."

    This novel was quite an eye opener. It helped me to catch a glimpse inside the mind of individuals who struggle with things far beyond what I have had to deal with temporally. People both physically challenged, as well as emotionally broken and bereft. This book challenged ME emotionally. It caused me to evaluate my own life, and the way that I perceive society and those around me. It also made me very thankful for the relationships that I have.

    I thought that the character development was far superior to other books in this genre. The 2 main characters were completely exposed and left bare for the reader to examine, dissect, and immerse into. I loved it.

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    Hoops 06-17-15
    Hoops 06-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Heft left me weighed down"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not. Heft (Arthur) was a great character to start. To understand a recluse and the how's and why's they are the way they are was very intriguing to me. But once we get into the why's it was explained at a very high level. His rationale was so basic for being the way he was. Without giving so much away, his struggles in life were far less than most and his secret life was nothing short of just being kind of pathetic. I can imagine him - and I believe there are people like him - just spending their lives on a couch with very little to live for.


    What could Liz Moore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    So much. If the author is going to tell a story that is likely many peoples same life story then she should take some tips from Donna Tartt on how to build characters, settings and true deep emotions and feelings. This story was about people that didn't know any better than to have a mediocre life and miss out on making the most of their lives. I struggle to write what I am trying to say other than there was no real depth or explanation as to why any of these characters were the way they were.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Arthur was really pleasant to listen tooKel's voice was so irritating, weak, pathetic and annoying - blech


    Do you think Heft needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really - not unless they have some magnificent revelation and take the world by storm


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I kept waiting for something to happen and it was a let down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Denver, CO, United States 06-16-15
    Carol Denver, CO, United States 06-16-15

    I love audible books, although I've been a voracious reader before I joined Audible. I long for really good books. I've had a few.

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    "Too Short"

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. I'm sorry it didn't go on for hours and hours more.

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