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 adored this story, fell in love with the characters and didn't want it to end. The writer has a way of letting you in to the character's deepest fears and desires. She has great insight into human nature and I related on may levels. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a story so much.
When Kel finally opened up
I enjoyed it being narrated by two people, the characters were so different from one another, it was a good call. The guy who read Kels part was especially good at catching the characters feelings, in his voice. I could hear his voice shake when the character was scared, weak when he was overwhelmed and so on. I was so deep into the story that I forgot it was being narrated and wasn't real life, now thats what I call good reading. The reader for Arthur was perfect for his character as well, he just didn't have as many dramas to read out.
If you enjoy reading stories that delve into the human psyche, this is a good one.
I loved everything about this book except that it ended too soon, left me wanting more. She did her job well as I now go to search more of her writings.
Liz Moore cares for words, knows, cherishes and reveres them. Both main characters are introduced and presented down to the ground. Heft is a story of two completely different people, outwardly not connected or related, far from one another, never even met each other, but at the same time, page after page, line by line one can see how alike they are, how similar in their inner solitude and hunger for honesty, acceptance, friendship. So maybe they are related? Thanks to one special person, for one a mother, for another one a long lost friend, they are.
Lectors are fantastic.
All of that makes Heft one wonderful, enchanted pleasure.
Heft has quickly become one of my favorite audio books in my collection. I've listened to it many times & it never gets old. This is such a moving tale of the human spirit. The narration is fantastic & you can literally feel each character's emotions. I highly recommend this audio book. You won't be disappointed.
enthralling characters, title turns out go be much deeper than appears, and the story is very hard-hitting and richly drawn. bit of slow start, but quickly proves well worth the read. it is read too slowly--using speed up at 2x is much better.
The readers were great but the plot kind of rambles at points and restates parts that have already been said.
I never write reviews but Heft has pushed me to acknowledge what a wonderful story it is, engrossing characters and 5 star performances. Congratulations to Liz Moore, this is a tremendous book.
I really enjoy Audible and the great choice of books. I like true stories, good mysteries, and books about life events.
It just caught my eye and the sample caught my ear and the entire story my heart.
What a book! Great narrative, well written and a captive story. Don't miss this one if you are a compassionate caring and understanding person.
I only know the audio version.
This is a wonderful novel. The narrators are perfect. I had no idea when I downloaded this that it would be so moving and compelling. The character of Arthur Opp is exquisitely rendered. Everything about this book absorbed me. I always have several books on my player, and listen to several at the same time, but when I got into this book, I just keep going. When it came to an end, I started to experience withdrawal symptoms, I wanted it to go on. This is a triumph of creative writing, and the narrators could not be any better.
I enjoyed this novel, with two connected characters with separate story lines, both of whom are dealing with baggage - one physical due to morbid obesity, the other buried under the weight of his family life and pressures of being a poor kid in a wealthy school. These characters are linked through one woman - Arthur's former student and Kel's mother. it is almost like reading two parallel stories that may or may not intersect, and I find the hope shown once both men open themselves up to others is inspiring and a joy to read.
Both. I normally do not like Kirby Heyborne for some reason I don't quite understand, but he in particular has exceeded my expectations. The other narrator was also spectacular. Performances like this can lift a mediocre book to goodness, or a good book (like this one) to greatness.
Just read this book! I wasn't sure about Kirby Heyborne, but am glad I got this book on sale - though I would have gladly paid a credit for this gem of a book. I can't wait until Liz Moore's next offering!
I thought this story was terrible. It rambled, it was repetitive, it had NO ending. The premise was good and the story line had a good start, but then the author forgot to carry it out to a logical conclusion. My husband and I listened together and both of us were sorry to have wasted the time. I feel bad for the readers as both of them were excellent and read their parts to perfection. But, first I ate a blueberry, then I ate a piece of apple, then a strawberry -ho hum. That is not a story.
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