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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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    Alison 12-06-14
    Alison 12-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Unique characters with depth"
    Any additional comments?

    Like previous reviewers said, this is a story about loneliness and friendship. At first I wasn't sure I could stick with such a sad character but it was a great listen through to the end. Good narrators, too. Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi B Peoria, IL USA 12-04-14
    Sandi B Peoria, IL USA 12-04-14 Member Since 2013

    voracious reader

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    "Beautiful Story!"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    The insight into people who are so often judged only from the outside. We are such an intolerant society and this book would be an excellent English lit book for junior and high schoolers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    When Aurther tells the story about visiting his father after the death of his mother - it helped explain who he was and the depth of his pain.


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

    The innate innocence and goodness of both characters would have been somewhat diminished without the skill of these readers and that is so integral to the development of both characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both - not extreme in either case, but very moving and joyful.


    Any additional comments?

    Arthur's complete acceptance of Yolanda without pigeon-holing her by stereotype was really sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    richard HERNANDO, MS, United States 11-17-14
    richard HERNANDO, MS, United States 11-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I am surprised how deeply this book affected me!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I very much recommend this book. I was impressed with the author's ability to authentically present the emotional inner lives and outer connections of uncommon (but perhaps more common than most realize) individuals.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    Unfortunately, there were far more than I could have expected... I have been thinking about it for longer than it took to read/listen.


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

    Arthur Opp. No question. Incredible performance. Incredible character.


    If you could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    Courses


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, I am afraid that anything I could say might actually serve to minimize the impact of this book on other readers. "Identity" and "self-awareness" are deep pools and the surface reflections are often distorted. See for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 11-15-14
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 11-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "what a bunch of whiners !"

    I listened to the whole thing. So, it was not that bad. That being said , however, it was painful. The hefty one bemoans his lack of involvement with life while the teenager shares his teenage angst with us. A whole lot of whining going on. I waited for development and lo and behold just as it was about to happen.. the story ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CG 11-14-14
    CG 11-14-14
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    Loved the story but was so disappointed with the ending. How can an author leave a reader hanging like that?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 11-14-14
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Awesome, until it just ended"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know. I have kids so I can't remember the last time I was able to read something without being interrupted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    Wow, so many. I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone.


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

    They were both so good. I think because both narrators were probably the best I've heard. They breathed life into their characters. So amazing. Pauses at the right time. No silly voices for other characters. I can't tell you how enjoyable this book was.


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

    Not heft. Maybe something along the line that life is hard, you will make stupid decisions, but that does not define you.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, why did it end like that. I needed a few more chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 11-13-14
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 11-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "Sad"

    This is a great inside look into the life of a seriously obese and mentally disturmed person. I hated the ending but the rest of this book was quite captivating and hopeful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Landsborough, Australia 11-13-14
    Jenny Landsborough, Australia 11-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully crafted and brilliantly executed"

    The rich, melodious voice of the narrator transported me to his character in a moment. I was happy to listen to his voice regardless of the story. But what a story! When it finished I cried out 'Oh No!' as I wanted more. Really enjoyed this book and my life is richer for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Crocco New Jersey 11-08-14
    L. Crocco New Jersey 11-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "PERFECT MATCH STORY AND PERFORMER"
    Would you listen to Heft again? Why?

    I so enjoyed this book. The narrator was so believable as the character and the story was so honest that I felt physical empathy for him. The character's personality came through so much so that I wanted to meet him. I may have been selfish with that last star, but I did not like the ending. I may have just wanted more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance and the honesty of the story.


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

    Arthur Ott


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe that when I read the reviews, prior to purchasing it, there were some very negative comments. It wasn't until I read another review that said they could not understand why it was harshly reviewed that I gave it a shot. I am so glad I did, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N K 10-29-14
    N K 10-29-14 Member Since 2015

    Audible - bringing sanity, mystery, discovery and joy to my commute since 2014.

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    "I wish it had not ended"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    Great performance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kel - captured the spirit/fear of a high school male student. There is always more to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to.


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

    Kel's girlfriends dad


    Any additional comments?

    A great book. I became attached to every single character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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