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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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    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 12-27-12
    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Heartbreakingly Happy"

    I loved this book. I enjoyed listening to Arthur as much as I enjoyed listening to Kell and usually I tend to like 1 characters POV more than another. Both of these guys are so heartbroken but also so desperately hopeful that you cant help but have hope for them.

    As always Kirby Heyborn was great and i thought Keith Szarabajka was such a wonderful match for the character of Arthur.

    So, i don't write many reviews although I am always listening to books. I think my new years resolution is to start writing reviews here because I rely heavily on my fellow Audible members for recommendations. That said, listen to this book. well worth a credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meryl H. Ruth CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 11-25-12
    Meryl H. Ruth CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 11-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Weighty, Worthy"

    Exceptionally well read by both readers. I loved all the characters. Difficult, weighty subjects gracefully, tenderly addressed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-10-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "Loved the characters, loved the book."
    What did you love best about Heft?

    What I loved best about Heft was that I felt like I was living the main character's life. The author was able to write the book in a manner that allowed me to feel that I was on the inside of his mind, understanding his motives and choices. He was such an interesting, brilliant, gentle man while at the same time he was trapped within himself and within his home.


    What other book might you compare Heft to and why?

    I suppose that Heft reminded me of Anne Tyler novels, like "Accidental Tourist" perhaps. Unbelievable character development. The reader gets to live the life of another.


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

    The reading of Heft was brilliant. The story telling with two different voices allowed me to more fully live the lives of the two main characters whose ages were vastly separated.


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

    This book did not make me laugh or cry but did make me feel deeply the importance of development of friendships and the value of creating one's own family of friends as opposed to a birth family. This book allowed me to observe the protagonist's great ability to find love and acceptance of himself and of others.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    dan AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-04-12
    dan AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-04-12
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    "Must read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is easily the best book I've "read" in 5 years. I felt a deep connection to all of the characters right away. I cannot say enough good things about this book, it is truly wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite Character was Aurthur, he was charming and endearing.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    Both performances were really wonderful, each reader brought a distinct voice to their character.


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

    I wouldn't rename it.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. C Hamilton, ON 06-25-14
    Mr. C Hamilton, ON 06-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love and Confusion"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    The audio version and performance by two actors was amazing. You feel like you are hearing the voice of the characters. As the story drifts and switches from Author to Kel, the voices become familiar. Almost like visiting two friends!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    The most memorable part was the relationship and the feelings you develop for both characters. You feel sorry for Author who finds comfort in loneliness. But he also hates loneliness. You feel sorry for Kel who may be doomed to repeat the mistakes of his mother. But Kel has so much potential with the right guidance that mom could not provide.


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

    I'm not sure about a tag line that is catchy. For me, I would develop a tagline centred on themes of loneliness that we can relate to, and a character who can't find his way. Basically two people who are drawn together but do not know how much they need each other.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an excellent read. I recommend this book highly. Like other reviewers have pointed out, however, the ending is unpredictable and abrupt. See for yourself!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-03-14
    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Heft is beautiful!"

    Pure and simple I LOVED this book! Heft is a story of 2 lives running in parallel and the 1 person that connects them. Both of the stories are interesting and heartaching in different ways. I felt so touched by the journey of both characters, their struggle with isolation and aloneness but manifesting in different ways. I was so wrapped up in these characters it was hard to let them go. And in the best possible way they made me reflect on my own life. And you can't review this book without mentioning the perfection of the narrators. They both embodied these characters and brought them to life. So often narrators detract from the story but in this case they made the book even better. This is one of those books that made me so appreciate the art of storytelling and I wish I had this talent. Thank you to Liz Moore for writing a beautiful story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 07-07-13
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 07-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Lovely literary fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well written character study. The isolation and loneliness of the three main characters is heartbreaking but not really depressing. There is a hopefulness throughout which is very uplifting. I rarely write reviews but this audiobook is worth recommending and certainly worth a credit.


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

    Arthur Opp


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny West Brattleboro, VT, United States 07-06-13
    Bonny West Brattleboro, VT, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I really enjoyed this"

    What an interesting subject for a novel, and what a good job Liz Moore has done with it. I found this listen quite absorbing. The four-star rating is mainly because I felt the book could have been condensed a little. It seemed to go on a little long. But the characters are unforgettable and believable, as is the story. I look forward to her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-01-13
    Jackie Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Truly Amazing Audiobook"

    This audiobook was perfection. The story was extremely interesting, and the narration was ideal. The performances were spot on and I cannot imagine the characters being portrayed in any other way. This is a book that is truly a joy to hear read aloud. The pace is fantastic and the story remains interesting from beginning to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-14-13
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great characters couple with top rate narration"

    This one was not my typical audiobook choice. Given the high ratings I gave it a go. Pleasantly surprised. Truly looked forward each day to my morning commute so I could follow the characters lives. This is a book about interesting characters and their trials and tribulations. The narration made the book. Could not have been narrated better. There is enough action with ups and downs to keep the pace going. No big slow points in the book. Always a good sign. I have to admit, this was not the most uplifting book but it does have a bigger message that brings perspective towards one's life. Well worth the credit in my mind. Most people should enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
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    12/23/13
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    "A book with weight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    The narrator of Arthur Opp is especially excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    When Arthur goes for a walk for the first time. Never has a journey to the park being such an adventure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many.... This is a sentimental journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I have 99 audiobooks in my library. This is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cheryl
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "An unexpected joy to read"
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    I found the narration perfect for the subject matter, and loved both characters. The slow, contemplative style was relaxing and easy to lose oneself in.I was left feeling emotionally drained when I'd finished it, and not ready to jump into my next book. It's a story that gives one a lot to think about, both whilst reading and long afterwards.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    This isn't a novel filled with moments of great action, adventure or suspense. It's a story of inner thoughts and regrets, but it's also certainly not without hope and optimism. The most memorable parts of the novel for me are the most emotional, and there are plenty of those. Both Arthur and Kel meeting their fathers. Yolanda's life mirroring that of Charlene, the pregnant, college dropout. Kel's placing of the obituary which Arthur will most assuredly read. This scene wasn't overly long or descriptive, but still leaves a sense of loss and sadness, that lingers.


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

    All characters were very well voiced but I prefered Arthur Opp/Yolanda, not because the narration was any better, but as I felt a greater compassion and connection to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry when the book finished, as the end of the novel was just the beginning of the story, I could have spent many more hours enjoying the company of Arthur, Yolanda and Kel. I will definitely listen to this again in the near future.

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