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Heartburn Audiobook

Heartburn

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has "a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs" is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

©2011 Nora Ephron (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Great fun. . . . Though Heartburn bristles ferociously with wit, it's not lacking in soul." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise." (Harper's Bazaar)

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    joey 11-17-15
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    "Meryl Streep is magnificent"

    This Book is very good for someone going through the troubles of a relationship crisis. It helped me focus on something other than my own worries.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    salty 10-09-15
    salty 10-09-15
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    "So very very good!"

    Meryl Streep, of course, was perfect. And the story itself was perfect. I LOVED IT!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey 04-14-15
    Tracey 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Meryl gives life to age-old tale"

    'Heartburn' was originally published in 1983, and is the fictionalised account of the breakdown of her marriage to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein. Like her main character, Rachel Samstat, Ephron's husband had an affair when she was pregnant with their second child (indeed, Carl Bernstein threatened to sue over the book and subsequent film, but never did). Rachel's story is told with self-deprecating humour and interspersed with recipes as she is a minor celebrity chef of sorts. Some of the recipes sounded quite delicious, but one of the downsides of an audiobook is the difficulty of relocating treasures within once the narrator has passed them by.

    As for the narration, who could ask more than Meryl? She is, as you would expect, brilliant, and adds much to the humour of the novel. My main criticism of the novel - and there's not much that can be done about it, given it was originally published over 30 years ago - is that the story is quite dated. I think it would have been a little more cutting edge in its time, but in the past 30 years the story of wronged partner making good on their own has been done time and time again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ty M. 03-29-15
    Ty M. 03-29-15
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    "Just okay"

    The reviews were amazing so I expected to love it and laugh but I didn't pick up the humor in it. The story line flowed and I wasn't bored but I don't get why it was so well loved.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 05-26-17
    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 05-26-17 Member Since 2005

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    "Surviving a questionable relationship in New York and Washington"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was honest and touching and funny as heck :-)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personality and humor of the main character was priceless


    What about Meryl Streep’s performance did you like?

    Her performance MADE the book! She had the right attitude and voice all of the feelings of the main character.


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

    I'm not good at films. Perhaps the title that I gave to this review (which is a stretch in and of itself) – "Surviving a questionable relationship in New York and Washington"


    Any additional comments?

    What a funny, touching book! I don't know if I'd ever read Nora Ephron before, and Meryl Streep was a wonderful narrator! The whole book was sensitive but complicated, and the personality of the main character was well developed and changing – from not sure what she was doing to competent and positive. I liked it.

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    Ebeth Ohio 07-29-15
    Ebeth Ohio 07-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Food for Life"

    In Heartburn, Nora Ephron pens a story of truth about relationships, commitment, heartache & betrayal within a family laced with the common comfort of food. Although we all have an escapism when things go awry, for this main character that thing is represented by food & cookbooks.

    This is a great story that touches on the inner workings on marriage as an ultimate relationship and how an agreement between two parties on how that relationship is working is the central glue that can make or break it, in the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 07-13-15
    Nicole 07-13-15
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    "Incredible"

    Simply incredible. This is one of my new all time favorites. I never wanted it to end!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Little Jack Athens GA 07-07-15
    Little Jack Athens GA 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great to listen to"

    Excellent. I listened to this while driving an a trip. The time passed quickly. What a wonderful story. Well written.

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    Kristina Dodd-Hansen 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Meryl is a gift."

    Have always loved Nora Ephron's movies now love her books. The combo of her writing with Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding.

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    Cari 07-27-13
    Cari 07-27-13
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    "Great, if you like narcissistic whining"
    Would you try another book from Nora Ephron and/or Meryl Streep?

    I love Nora Ephron. I love Meryl Streep. This book has been given rave reviews. However, was one of the worst things I have listened to in years. I gave it 45 long minutes, then turned it off and took a Tylenol for my headache.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Ephron again?

    Yes, just not this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Whine less


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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