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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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    Frak 01-31-15
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    "Didn't want it to end."
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    When Kel finally opened up


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

    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 could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    perfect name


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Alek S. Minnesota 01-31-15
    Alek S. Minnesota 01-31-15
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    "Profound beauty"
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    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.

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    avid-reader 01-27-15
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    "Very moving & excellently narrated!"

    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.

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    Lorna Boyd 01-18-15
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    "better than you think"

    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.

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    Suzanne AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-17-15
    Suzanne AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-17-15
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    "Great readers but redundant plot"

    The readers were great but the plot kind of rambles at points and restates parts that have already been said.

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    Vaughan Toronto, Canada 01-11-15
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    "I never write reviews"
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    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.

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    Michael 01-08-15
    Michael 01-08-15

    I really enjoy Audible and the great choice of books. I like true stories, good mysteries, and books about life events.

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    "A quiet giant of a read."

    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.

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    "SURPRISINGLY AMAZINGLY ABSORBING"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    I only know the audio version.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-19-14
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    "Unforgetable"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    InsideADog 12-08-14
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    "Cant Understand the Hype"

    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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