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Heft Audiobook

Heft

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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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    Janice 05-18-15
    Janice 05-18-15
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    "A beautiful glimpse into two characters' hearts"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    The two main characters narrate their own stories, often in present tense and with heart-breaking beautiful simplicity and humility. The author makes it impossible not to love and root for these characters in every way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Opp was my favorite character. Through simple and elegant descriptions of his thoughts and actions as he moves through his daily life, I was left feeling that I knew and loved this very, very large man. I cried when the book ended, both in joy for the hopefulness, and in sadness for having to lose my connection to Arthur.


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

    If these readers were acting in a movie, they would have stolen the show and won academy awards for best actor and best supporting actor. The love and compassion and tenderness they bring to the characters is so touching that it changed the way I saw people.


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    Lee Anne Washington State, USA 05-15-15
    Lee Anne Washington State, USA 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A beautiful slice of ordinary life."

    What a poignant tale of loneliness "Heft" is. Riveted, once I started this story I finagled my life so that I could listen at every opportunity until I finished it.

    The two main characters, as opposite and yet similar as can be, are expertly read/acted.

    Told with honest, raw emotion, their stories will touch you and draw you in, and you will feel like you know them.

    I loved this story, more than any other audio book I've "read" so far.

    If stories about ordinary and invisible people appeal to you, then you can't miss with this one.

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    melanie 05-15-15
    melanie 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "could have been excellent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the "whining" was annoying at times, story was a bit predictable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    characters were well developed and good insights into the inner worlds of the characters


    What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s voice?

    clear, listenable, expressive


    Was Heft worth the listening time?

    yes, all in all, though the story certainly could have been reduced a bit


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    Amazon Customer Pittsford, NY, United States 05-14-15
    Amazon Customer Pittsford, NY, United States 05-14-15
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    "A Good Story"

    Narration was excellant. Good switching up of voices.
    Ending seemed abrupt. I would have liked the story to go a bit further. Don't want to be a spoiler, so can't be specific.

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    Victoria Rio Rancho, NM, United States 05-09-15
    Victoria Rio Rancho, NM, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Ehh"

    The reader for the young boy was robotic sounding. The reader for the adult character was a bit boring at times.

    The story had promise which kept me with the book. Then it had an ending that fell flat on its ass.

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    Figgy 05-05-15
    Figgy 05-05-15
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    "Missing something"

    So where are the rest of the chapters? So many unanswered questions. Decent character development but seems to me like an incomplete story.

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    trang 05-01-15
    trang 05-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    The reader captures your attention. I'm not even sure if the story was all that great. I just kept listening because the readers were THAT good!

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    Julie McLain Ewa Beach, HI 04-22-15
    Julie McLain Ewa Beach, HI 04-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "unexpected"

    the narration was great. the characters were more than I thought they world be. I took a chance on this book and I am glad for doing so. I wish there was a bit more at the end. then again, who does want their books to end?

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    James Mackenzie Seattle, WA United States 04-22-15
    James Mackenzie Seattle, WA United States 04-22-15
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    "Loved it"

    I think this is one of those lovely finds where the performance really adds to the book rather than just delivers it. The two voices are well-chosen and do such a good job. I was genuinely sorry when it ended.

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    Diana Lyons Specht Walnut Creek, CA, US 04-21-15
    Diana Lyons Specht Walnut Creek, CA, US 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought-provoking and sweet! Loved it!"

    I was able to relate to every major character in this excellent book on at least some level. Arthur Op, the main character, is an intelligent, caring, and reclusive ex-professor who managed to get morbidly obese over the last 20 years. Charlene Turner is a woman who had similar trouble dealing with the outside world as Arthur, (this is what drew them together), but reacted in a dIfferent manner. Kel Keller is Charlene's son who is coming of age at a difficult time in his life, and is finally getting to know the mother he always thought he understood.

    These very real characters will stay with me for a long time and that is the highest compliment I can give a book.

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