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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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    Mia 02-14-13
    Mia 02-14-13 Member Since 2016

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "A tribute to narration art"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    Like "Me before you" this book is about ilness and lonelyness. In "Me before you" there is one storyline which makes you either love or hate it. "Heft" !contains one storyline about a 17-year old guy taking care of his mom suffering from Lupus. His escape is baseball. The other story is about the big guy Arthur too big to wish to get out of his house: Then their stories come together. The narration is as great as "The help" the two narrators does an beyond amazing job. The narrators help you navigate between the two stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would either create another chapter or a second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Yolanda meets Arthur


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    "You before me" came in the middel of this, would have done it in one setting otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like "The fault in our stars"
    " The help"
    " Me before you" you will love this.

    4 of 5 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 2016

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Liliana 03-30-16
    Liliana 03-30-16
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    "Loved this book!!"

    This was a great book. When I ready (or download) a book I always hope for one with good characters, a good story and something that makes me feel something. This definitely had all three. It had some weight to it (pun somewhat intended ...). Our main character has been house-bound for years and suddenly he has someone new in his life to help bring him out. Yes, it's an old story, but it is really told in a very sweet way. We learn about his past and it is heart-breaking. We really root for him. Definitely worth a read - I have recommended to so many people. If you are wavering, just go for it. It will be worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S.R.E. 03-02-16
    S.R.E. 03-02-16
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    "Gets better and better"
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    The book throws you rather abruptly into a sad life, and it's easy to give up at the beginning. But I found that the book drew me further and further in until I just couldn't wait to find out what happened to this unlikely pair. Infuriatingly, just as I was hanging on one character's every word, the author would switch to the other character. It's impressive that the author could write two such different characters with such depth. I sympathized with both of the main characters. The narration, like the book, was jarring at first but quickly captivated me. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Signed 02-10-16
    Signed 02-10-16

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    "excellent narration"

    delves into the inner lives of two main characters linked by a person they have in common.
    in this age of Facebook and Twitter glib, it is refreshing to hear an inner voice with insecurities exposed.
    narrators are excellent and really add to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debtwacker 01-31-16
    Debtwacker 01-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful character study"

    This story of two different males linked by a woman dear to both of them was a good character study. I didn't like the teenage son in the beginning but as the story progressed I was awed by the magnitude of the decisions he faced. And the story helped me understand better the heavy price of weight. This is one of
    those books that will be with me for awhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen Harwood 01-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    I really enjoyed the two narrators, and the two stories, and wondering how they would become one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development.


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

    They were each so pleasant to listen to, I thought they did a GREAT job!


    Who was the most memorable character of Heft and why?

    Arthur Opp, he was so lonely and isolated, I really felt for him. Makes you wonder how many others are like him in the world. Sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I was glad I listened to this book. I found myself smiling along with the story, although certainly some parts were sad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cammi 01-17-16
    Cammi 01-17-16

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    "I want to know more"

    This book really gets into the psyche of people. Why do we do the things we do, or don't do the things we want to do?

    The narrators of both characters were wonderful.

    I really wanted to know how their first meeting went. I hope there's a second book that continues their story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Andrews Ft Worth TX 01-15-16
    A. Andrews Ft Worth TX 01-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    Where does Heft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good - straight forward story. The narration is WONDERFUL ! Keith Szarabajka , I could listen to your voice as Arthur - FOREVER.............I soooooo wanted all these story lines to come crashing into each other and overlap and be all messy.....but for the same reason I keep my potatoes, from touching my peas, from touching my chicken, to not touching the sides of the plate and then eating them in alphabetical order >>>>>> they did not..........


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complete human-ness and honesty in the words and feelings. There were not really any pedestals for the characters to stand on......they were REAL, HONEST, FALTERING people (just like all of us) and they admitted it.


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

    Keith Szarabajka TOTALLY- hands down. Kirby was great too but he had the narration of a 18 year old boy and only SO much can be done with that. The voice of Arthur however has so much depth and richness , I was mesmerized ! Loved that the "Bronx" charm was not lost when Yolanda spoke.......that was fabulous as well...........Arthur , I rally still for you and hope to see you in the park someday !


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read/listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Miller 12-22-15
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    "Compelling story with a solid structure"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    I like the fat man.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    The description by which Arthur Opt discusses eating his Easter chocolates hidden under his bed.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed following the two separate lives in this book and thought each character was well done and believable. This book was entertaining, had a solid plot, and left subtle trails of various allegories within. Still, I think the books ending lacks something that could have made it great. Perhaps it is really me, for I needed a little more resolution from one of the main characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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