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)
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.
The dual story line--how they paralleled but did not intersect.
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?
Love's many faces
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The scene of Kel taking off from school after his breakdown. The imagery was fantastic.
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....
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!
The perspective of the two main characters told by two narrators.
Arthur Opps, the Professor!
An endearing story of tragedy and perseverance!
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.
The character named Arthur.
Both were wonderful. Keith szarabajka, however made this audiobook. His voice and inflection were perfect.
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.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
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.
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.
Good narrators. Particularly liked the older characters voice.
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.
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