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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Sequel, please!

I did not want this story to end! I loved this odd, mesmerizing book. Though cold and depressing at times, I really enjoyed the character development. I did feel it ended rather rapidly though; would love a sequel.

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entertainment

loved it well written loved the narrator would pass on to others to read and enjoy

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Charming story beautifull read

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

I loved this story, having just returned from New York myself, wanting to feel closer to the city and its people. Touching and well crafted loved it from beginning to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked both main characters, felt they were both well developed and felt great empathy for both their stories.

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

They brought a depth and roundness to their characters, that I certainly would not have felt by simply reading the book. Their use of different accents to bring out other smaller characters in the book only added to the enjoyment. Kirby Heyborne's reading was beautiful, warm, endearing and totally the flesh ,bones and heart of his character. I felt his every sad,happy or hard drawn breath.

Who was the most memorable character of Heft and why?

Kirby Heyborne's character- so sorry I have forgotten his name.

Any additional comments?

A jewel of a story. I would highly recommend it to young and old. Finished listening and felt the world was a better place.

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  • Marsha
  • Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • 08-15-15

am I the only person who hated the ending?

I absolutely loved the narrator who played Arthur. His voice was perfect--moving and evocative. Mel was good, too, but not as good as Arthur.
I was drawn into the story ins spite of myself. I usually don't like stories with this much minute detail and descriptions of every tiny thing, but for some reason I was fascinated and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. That's why I was stunned at the abrupt ending of the story...I even checked my library to see if I had neglect to download the last part...It's going to bother me for a while. Maybe that's what the author intended :)

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Heavier than I imagined

The book was interesting and the characters complex. There were some curveballs and I found the loose ends somewhat frustrating but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Great characters and story!

I loved this story of a few isolated, damaged souls finding a sense of community and a sense of self through new connections. Through their vulnerability, they find intimacy and friendship.

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Weighty and Uplifting

The story of people from different cultures, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds who share--and are ultimately brought together--by loneliness. A good reminder that the human experience is universal and people can save themselves by saving others. Recommended for those who enjoy a heartwarming PG story.

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Very wordy

Definitely not a face paced story. It was a bit confusing when the different characters came on at first, It was hard to tell who the character was that was speaking. Some chapters seemed to take forever to get through and didn't advance the story line. The ending was a disaapointment.
In short, if you are looking for a book that drones on to help you fall asleep, this is it.

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Captivating....Haunting

I purchased this audiobook after reading several reviews of the book and the audio performance on the Listener Page. I AM CERTAINLY GLAD THAT I DID. The story was so captivating and haunting that the writing, itself, took a backseat to the story unfolding before me...around me. I was so totally engrossed in the story, that I had completely forgotten I was actually listening to a novel. I had opinions that I both wanted to share and to be heard...support, that I longed to give. In my mind, this was actually a possibility and I felt as if the people in the story, were only a text message away. Although the novel came to a close, I feel as though I will forever be connected to the people, in a sense that it's actually a tangible part of my past experiences. BRAVO Ms. Moore for your talented writing and to Kirby and Keith for bringing it to life and having it linger here with me. 📖

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  • 07-12-15

Compassionate and meaningful

Great book for anyone grappling with self esteem issues or in the wake of a loved one passing..