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Heft Audiobook

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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    sarah h templeton portland, me, US 03-08-17
    sarah h templeton portland, me, US 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing narration"

    I loved the book but even more loved the narration! Touching and fabulous, lots of giggles, a couple tears. 5 stars!

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    L&S 02-28-17
    L&S 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Heft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Solidly in the middle of the pack.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of Arthur Opp was a bit over the top in its grandiosity. It is possible to portray a character who is articulate, thoughtful, introspective and well-eductated without making him sound like he's reading Shakespeare. It was distracting at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by the ending--or lack of. I realize the ending allows readers/listeners to draw a hopeful conclusion--if they choose to. But I had hoped for a bit more closure.

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    Shelly Dee 02-17-17
    Shelly Dee 02-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Sorry to see it end"

    This is the second Liz Moore book I've read and each is outstanding, yet totally different. In Heft, the narrators/actors were outstanding for both of the main characters. Moore has way with words -- and unique turn of phrase throughout. I was sorry to see the story end, albeit on a positive and hopeful note I thought.

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    Kathy 02-02-17
    Kathy 02-02-17
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    "Not one of the better ones I've read lately."

    Don't know what all the hype was about. I tend to like books with a semblance of a plot - this really has none, and has no ending. It's basically well written and the narration is good, but a little too esoteric for my taste....sorry i wasted a credit on it.

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    Kellie W. 01-30-17
    Kellie W. 01-30-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Mesmerizing"

    There is not a ton of "action" in this book. But that did not stop it from being a virtual page-turner. The depth of character and honesty of the characters was enough to drive it forward and keep me wanting more. The author captures the thoughts and personalities of each character so beautifully. The performance was excellent and so perfectly played. When it switches to the boys perspective it takes some getting used to the new reader and performance but managed to pick back up and keep me reeled in. I highly recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "boooooring"

    got sucked in by good reviews. maybe I missed it, but it was a snoozer for me. I stuck it out, but the was no reward at the end. so, if you're in the middle wondering if you should finish it, don't bother...nothing much happens.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 01-18-17
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 01-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The Character of Arthur is Superb!"

    I loved this on audio, but am not sure I would have liked it as much in print. The voice of Arthur really brought this character to life for me and really increased the overall reading experience. The story was good, although some parts of Kell's story seemed to drag for me. I thought I had it all figured out, but there was a twist at the end that I did not see coming.

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    Amber Dugger 01-11-17
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    "Spoiler alert"

    Incredible performance. Horrendous ending. 😶 I listened to this in under 3 days and enjoyed it like what I imagine people enjoyed early radio programs. The ending was so abrupt.

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    Karenhi Washington, D.C. 01-02-17
    Karenhi Washington, D.C. 01-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Was addictive"

    I kept needing to do other things while listening to this but finally just had to give in and just listened. Though somewhat depressing it kept me hooked... I ended up really enjoying the characters... the ending, while reading seemed abrupt but left me thinking... it really did wrap things up... you just have to think about it for all the pieces to come together. Already searching for something else by this author.

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    Juliet J. McKinnon 12-22-16
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    "I didn't want this book to end!"

    I love this book. I love the character and the storyline. The character development is incredible. I literally tried to limit how log I listened to this book every day because I didn't want it to end. This is the 2nd Liz Moore book I've listened to this month. I can't wait for her next one.

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