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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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    K. R. Crytser 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Unexpectedly inspired compassion"
    Would you listen to Heft again? Why?

    Yes. I found Arthur endearing in the honesty of his remarks about his life. Keith Szarabajka's voice was perfect for Arthur's persona, which made this character believable. I did not expect to develop the compassion that ensued upon following Arthur's life and dissappointments. Contrasted and yet similarily dissappointed in life, the young Kel Keller was expertly portrayed by Kirby Heyborne; for which compassion of his tribulations fell in place almost immediately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dual story line--how they paralleled but did not intersect.


    Who was the most memorable character of Heft and why?

    With the wonderful way that Liz Moore builds this story, I found both main characters equally as memorable. What would be the point of one with out the other?


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    Sonja Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 08-23-14
    Sonja Wesley Chapel, Fl, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Haunting Story of Love & Loneliness"
    If you could sum up Heft in three words, what would they be?

    Love's many faces


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Opp was undoubtedly my favorite character. I became his cheerleader throughout the story. From the first preview listen to the completion of the book, the professor's humanity tugged at my soul. The professor had many insecurities and vulnerabilities that began in his childhood. We all have insecurities and it was easy to identify with him as a result. With such a limited support system, it was easy to see how he had allowed himself to dwell in a self-imposed prison. With each chapter, I found myself rooting for him as he attempted to overcome his personal issues to get past the traumas of his life.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Authenticity. When reading we often perceive characters in the manner in which we can best identify. Kirby and Keith were able to present the characters with the same traits my mind's ear would have heard them as having.


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

    I would take Charlene out to dinner. She was equally traumatized by life as was the professor. I would have encouraged her not to isolate herself from the professor, because they needed each other.


    Any additional comments?

    The story made you think of the "what if's" and the "only if's" about these characters' lives. Just as everyone looks back on their own lives of the paths they left untraveled. In spite of the "what if's", I was satisfied with the conclusion.

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    KKH Lancaster, PA USA 08-19-14
    KKH Lancaster, PA USA 08-19-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Surprise"

    I had never heard of this book but really enjoyed it. It held me from the first page (or minutes?). Only downside is that I hope there is a sequel because it ended a bit abruptly, although you can imagine what would happen next. In other words, not a cliff hanger but I would really like to spend more time with the characters.

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    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 08-18-14
    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 08-18-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A really intriguing story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the descriptions the author used and the suspence of how story lines played around the fringes and integrating but it's just a tease.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene of Kel taking off from school after his breakdown. The imagery was fantastic.


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    Tamara M. Naleid Park Falls, WI United States 07-27-14
    Tamara M. Naleid Park Falls, WI United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating!"

    Had to give this one 5 stars all around. I couldn't stop listening to this character-driven story. Actors are completely believable. Can't recommend it highly enough! One of my favorite audiobooks of all time (and I've been listening over 20 years) Never before felt compelled to write a review....

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    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 07-20-14
    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    I am an avid reader and love audio books. I do not watch TV. I also love to do puzzles. Combine the two and I am in Heaven!!! Peace out!

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    "Great story but want to hear more!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    The perspective of the two main characters told by two narrators.


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

    Arthur Opps, the Professor!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An endearing story of tragedy and perseverance!


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this book and am glad that I listened to it rather than read it. I don't think the characters would have had such depth if I had read the book. The tragic figure of Arthur Opps was told in a way that you just had to love the guy. The only thing I would add is more chapters!! I want to know what happened when the two Arthur's met.

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    Ellie Jimenez 07-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The character named Arthur.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Both were wonderful. Keith szarabajka, however made this audiobook. His voice and inflection were perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been an audible member for 7 years and this is the first review I have done.
    What an amazing story. I feel like I know the characters personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-14-14
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Sweet Sadness and Hope"

    I would describe "Heft" as a character study laced with sweet sadness. lost opportunity and loneliness. There is a small mystery in the plot, and, of course, hope keeps the characters afloat and drives the story forward.

    "Heft" is not at all my usual kind of selection, but I loved it and will remember two of the characters - Arthur Opp and Yolanda - forever.

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    Mark Andreadis 07-14-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved it!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Liz Moore has created characters so real and sympathetic that you feel you have crawled inside their skins. It is definitely character driven but although there is not a heart pounding plot, it is never boring because you care so much about the characters. They are flawed, sometimes weak, often embarrassingly awkward but she induces you to forgive them and maybe yourself a little along the way.


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

    Good narrators. Particularly liked the older characters voice.


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    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 06-19-14
    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 06-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Never fell in love with these characters"

    The book is a reflection on loneliness as revealed in an older, sedate, world-weary man and his opposite, a young, popular, athletic boy. Like the main characters, the book was a bit overly symmetrical in its story arc and seemed too contrived for my liking. After a while, it begins to feel a bit formulaic with the character telling you all the things they'd like to say and then not saying any of those things at all. I probably would not have noticed these things so much except that I didn't really enjoy the characters much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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