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)
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.
I'm Andrea and i love reading all types of books.
kel's narration. It was extremely slow and uninteresting. The author frequently took 20 minutes to articulate a 20 second though or action; very tedious at times..
Art's past reflections; his visit with his father and the times he share with his housekeeper, Yolanda. I would have love for the entire story to only be about him and his relationship with Kel's mom.
Art's narration was superb! flawless.. very visual. I dislike every utterance of Kel's voice; however I painfully muddled throught it.
YES! the story had a horrible and abrubt ending . I had to make certain this wasn't actually an Ann Patchet novel!
Althought I truly loved parts of this story, if given the option I would not choose it again. short story with a disconected ending.
Like the other disappointed readers, I found the ending wanting. The entire story was a buildup to something that doesn't happen. Of course, we can speculate on what was going to happen next but why would one want to? If I wanted to speculate on people's lives, all I have to do is go to restaurant, look around and guess what's going to happen next in any random stranger's life. The not-knowing at the end of that would be just as satisfying as this was.
How would I judge this?
I loved the book because I loved all the characters. No favorites.
Both talented, distinct and appropriate. Szarabajka also does the voice of Yolanada and it's all great,
I don't want to listen to anything in one sitting.
I have been complaining lately that I don't find many books by women to read. I don't like romance or chicklit. This book was wonderful and I was grateful to find it. The only thing I didn't like is that it makes you care about the characters and lets you anticipate something wonderful happening between them but stops before that scene. For me the book had no ending. It really does annoy me. In real life you would be able to find out what happened and have closure.
I got sucked in at the beginning. the narrator was great and the story could have gone in any direction. By the middle of the book, I felt I had been sucked into a teenage coming of age novel. I finished anyway. Some good points were made. Inclusive of outsiders, I like that.
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