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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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-16-13
    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "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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    Sharey 07-11-16
    Sharey 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle W. 08-21-15
    Danielle W. 08-21-15 Member Since 2014

    Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.

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    "Meryl Streep is my woman crush."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heartburn to be better than the print version?

    OOOOOHHHHHH yes. I liked the story overall but Meryl Streep took it to the next level. She's amazingly talented.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Ephron? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I think I would have to be in the mood. It was slow-moving and just a lot of he said she said and gossip. That's not really my style but she did keep my attention until the end because I really, really wanted to know if Rachel would leave Mark.


    Have you listened to any of Meryl Streep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would love to. I'd listen to a book on astrophysics if she narrated it.


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

    Not really.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Spoiler alert - it ends"

    I only wanted it to go on forever but Meryl stopped at some point and I am pretty upset about that.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
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    I really didn't enjoy this book. There were parts that were comical but not enough in my opinion. I think some of the comedy would have been funnier if I had understood some of the Jewish customs. Meryl Streep did an amazing job. I really had to make myself finish the book.


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    Lawren 10-19-16
    Lawren 10-19-16
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    "Heartburn review"

    Meryl Streep is the most amazing narrator but this book is very boring! No story lin

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  • Heather
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    9/5/13
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    "So great!! I don't want it to end!"
    Where does Heartburn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story - and the reading is just perfect.


    What other book might you compare Heartburn to, and why?

    Never read anything like it.


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

    Rachel.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary T.
    Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Unexpected pleasure"

    I knew nothing about Norah Ephron other than that she had been married to one of the Watergate journalists, Carl Bernstein, but I was attracted to this audiobook by the fact that it was narrated by the superlative actress, Meryl Streep. It did not disappoint. Meryl Streep really brings the story to life by putting persuasive emotion into the account of a woman who is cheated on by her husband when she is 8 months pregnant. It turns out that this is not the first time and the questions are - stay or go? forgive or not forgive? divorce or try and save the marriage? It could so easily have been a depressing and dire story, but it is not. It is whimsical on occasions, bitter on others, but never anything less than entertaining. I have since found out that Norah Ephron was a journalist, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director. So sad that such a multi- talented woman died at only 71. However, this beautifully performed audiobook is a great tribute to her memory. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. H. L. Murphy
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    "Like comfort food"
    What did you like most about Heartburn?

    A simple sorry is elevated by Ephron's deft use of humour and Meryl Streep's funny, sympathetic and engaging reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartburn?

    The recipes - which are normally things I dislike in fiction those moments that haul you out of the story. Here they serve a double purpose of relaying a feeling or need to be comforted by food, or a particular memory that is entwined with the main chatacter's relationship with eating and food.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • clive
    chesterfield, United Kingdom
    1/30/17
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    "Sparkling"

    There's a bit in Steel Magnolias where Dolly Parton says 'laughter through tears is my favorite emotion'. If you agree this is your book. Let's all give thanks for Nora Ephron. And Meryl Streep. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juanma Lorente
    2/24/16
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    "lots of fun!"

    Really easy to listen to loved the recipes and Meryl was outstanding. would definitely recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P78
    1/17/16
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    "enjoyable and excellently narrated"

    I enjoyed this book - the story was good; as witty as it was poignant. Meryl Streep is, as expected, an excellent narrator. The whole thing just seemed to end rather abruptly. I'll definitely be trying more Nora Ephron, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eve
    9/24/15
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    "Meryl Streep enhances story."

    I was actually looking for something with Meryl & had heard the title before. It's light, easy listening but made 100 times better through the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rayleigh Essex, United Kingdom
    12/13/16
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    "Boring story"

    I gave up after chapter four this book was wasted on the narrater. Too much bad. Language. I shall return this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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