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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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Another great performance from Meryl Streep

What does Meryl Streep bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her vast experience as an actor is much of what makes the listening to this book so very enjoyable. Though it does help that Ephron's writing is so terrific.

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

Yes!

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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.

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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.

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  • Natasha
  • KILLEN, AL, United States
  • 10-12-13

Not For Me

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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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Nora is her own best narrator

Nora's other books were much more fun to listen to. Granted this sort turf. Is unpla found that Meryl - superb actress that she is makes
Nora a very different person in this tale. Idid like care for this person.

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Sublime

I wish I could state precisely how much I loved this book without coming off like a raging nerd, but I cannot.

I think it's something everyone should listen to whether they are going through good times or bad or if they are just in middle. It's a book I had a tough time selling to my friends just by talking about the plot. It seems as though it's a very sad book at face value but it's so much more than the plot. It's the dialogue that runs in Rachel's head that weve had had run through ours. It's little neurotic and clever quips like suggesting we shouldn't force children to mash potatoes because then they might turn out like Nixon, or that the only reason a broken marriage was staying together was for a vinaigrette recipe and thinking a mugger was attractive.

Meryl Streep absolutely made this a work of art. Even if you have already read the book I would highly suggest listening to it with her voice telling the sorry and I think you'll get even more out of it than you did the first time.

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Meryl Streep's reading makes the story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, for Meryl Streep's brilliant reading of Ephron's book and for the main character, told in the first person, as she comes to term with her husband's affair.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartburn?

Main character's description of her father's wives; her description of her own thoughts on marriage.

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

The main character.

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

No extreme reactions, no. There were a few moments in which I laughed, but it isn't that funny. I had thought it was much more funny than it was.

Any additional comments?

It provides a rather good insight into the thoughts of a wife/mother, upon discovering her husband is having an affair. Insightful.

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fun

I love the main character. she is witty and charming. it is a lovely story on a not so lovely subject.

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Great book!

Loved this story. Warm, witty, funny, and at the same time sad. Meryl Streep is the best! Loved her reading of the story, she really brought it to life!I look forward to more audio books read by her. All in all, a great book by Nora Ephron, combined with the talents of Ms Streep, made for very enjoyable listening hours.

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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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