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)
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.
A frank and sometimes harsh story of a lonely obese man who ultimately accepts himself and who is the object of a young man's link to finding his father. It is heart wrenching at times, but comedy relief comes when a friendship develops between the man and his hispanic young maid. The narrator brings this female forward in a stellar performance.. The story would have been 4 stars if it hadn't left the reader hanging a ltitle and unsatisfied in the end. I am not sure if it was to set up the scene for a second novel or not, but either way, closure could have been better. Both narrator's performance is outstanding, and in fact, may be the reason it's a successful listen
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
I don't even remember why I chose to buy this one. A Goodreads recommendation perhaps, regardless I am so happy that I got the audible version. This was lovely. The two narrators did a splendid job of bringing this story to life. The emotion was made raw and tangible. The characters leapt into my ears and my heart. An absolute must.
I would listen to Heft again because that is exactly what I wanted to do when I finished it this afternoon. It was so rich and insightful. Now that I know the ending, I will relax and enjoy it more the second time around, instead of being impatient to find out what was going to happen.
Rather than a book, I kept thinking of the Beatles's song, Eleanor Rigby, and the tragedy of being lonely. How many Arthurs, Charlenes and Kels are out there, just beyond reach?
I loved the ponderous delivery for Arthur. You could see him and feel him and know him. I don't know which performer read which role. Kel sounded young and insecure and believable. But Arthur was amazing!
I enjoyed Heft from the first moment until the last, only wishing it would go on a bit longer so I could stay for dinner. I've been in the presence of two massive men in my life and was afraid to look at them as closely as I wanted. Heft let me look, ponder, see, and know Arthur. It is a treasure.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
According to the Online dictionary, "Heft" means (amongst other things), "the weight of someone or something". As such, this title is appropriately named. It is very heavy, indeed. In my opinion, it is unnecessarily bleak and so I do not share the stellar reviews of this story. I kept waiting for something, but it never arrived. To me, these were two short stories forced to collide. The resultant accident presented more victims than virtues. Some might say, "such is life". My reaction is to say that life is short enough; sure, provoke thought, but let us be entertained in the process. In this respect, I guess it didn't help that I juxtaposed this listen with "Mother Night" (as to which, see my review).
The performance of Arthur Opp (Szarabajka) was I thought a good one. It reminded me occasionally of his anime characters, but he got into Arthur. By contrast, I just couldn't warm to Kel (Heyborne). I thought that voice to naggingly shrill (my 12 y.o. who knows her stuff said it sounded boring, I think for its sameness).
I guess I am in a minority on this one, but it's not on my list. Sorry.
I didn't have any expectations for this book and found it difficult to make it through the first couple chapters. Once I listened to more, the storyline was intriguing but I felt like it fell a little flat at the end. I like the main characters, and the storyline and the book gives insight to how real people feel and interpret the world around them. Something is lacking for me as it is almost two stories that are meant to merge, but the book stops short. If you can personally identity with the main characters, the book might be more satisfying for you than it was for me.
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