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)
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.
"well worth a listen"
This book was made especially good by the narrators. A real gem of a story, poignant, thoughtful and touching.
"A book with weight"
The narrator of Arthur Opp is especially excellent.
When Arthur goes for a walk for the first time. Never has a journey to the park being such an adventure.
Many.... This is a sentimental journey.
I have 99 audiobooks in my library. This is one of the best.
"An unexpected joy to read"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.