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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

Critic Reviews

"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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This is so great

I love audiobooks, I do. But I do prefer books in paper unless I feel like the reader will add something extra to the experience. Meryl (of course) puts on a myriad of voices and accents and is a total treat as she reads this long times friends story

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  • Kelly
  • COLUMBUS, OH, United States
  • 09-22-17

Absolutely fabulous!!

Hard to say what is better, the narration or the writing! Either way this book will not disappoint. I loved and laughed through the entire book. How had I not read Nora Ephron before now?! Absolutely Fabulous.

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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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Incredible

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

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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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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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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 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • tami
  • kamuela, HI, United States
  • 07-16-13

Well read cook book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A whole different story This was more a cook book than a story. i was so sad this was the case.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Ephron again?

I dont think so.

Which character – as performed by Meryl Streep – was your favorite?

Just her voice.

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

Meryl Streep reading the story.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Passe Jewish Angst

Whilst Jewish angst whining was the rave in the 80's, it's long past its sell date and I get enough of it from still loving Phillip Roth, nevertheless. This was the waste of a credit. I'm no longer impressed with or entertained by the tedious forced cleverness of this exclusive haughty cynicism whom assumes her own superiority and entitlement.

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