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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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    A's Mom Sparks, NV 12-02-15
    A's Mom Sparks, NV 12-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Heavy"

    I am an addicted audio book listener but couldn't get through this one. The book is written and narrated well but listening made me feel a huge weight on my shoulders. I was so committed to the main character and felt such sympathy that I didn't want to continue to hear his emotional pain. Struck an odd nerve with me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Prefer Anonymity 07-30-14

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    "Nice Narration, interesting plot"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    Rank it solidly in good novels


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Oh<br/>The professor who is a recluse and morbidly obese and his latina housekeeper


    Any additional comments?

    really liked the relationship between Arthur and Yolanda

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 10-31-12
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Captivating!"

    This book was so much better than I expected. The narrator was perfect. He made the characters come to life for me & made me care what happened to each one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 08-06-12
    Mary United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very readable, but sad."
    What did you love best about Heft?

    The characters were really fleshed out and real, but so melancholy. So many missed opportunities for each of them. They could have changed each other's lives but didn't have the courage.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was interested enough in what was going to happen next that I was drawn back to listen when I had other things to do. But I wished someone got their happiness in the end.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 12-28-12
    S new york, NY, United States 12-28-12
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    "sad and lovely...will stick with you..."
    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of book that grabs you from the beginning and then keeps you holding on because the characters are so lovingly revealed and exposed to you. It's a story about vulnerability, love and self-discovery for the two main characters, who are on converging paths. <br/><br/>The ending was a little abrupt for me, but I recognize how it could be satisfying for others, as anything more could be considered redundant. The author had already made her point that love and family can come from unexpected places. But, the characters were so well written, that I wanted to read more and see how things unfolded once they did meet. <br/><br/>Both narrators were great and really captured their characters' voices. I especially felt the weariness in Arthur's voice, with it's gravely deepness.<br/><br/>It's not exactly a light read, but it's time well spent.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle 12-19-13
    Rochelle 12-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Extraordinarily touching"

    The publisher's description of the story did little to inspire me to read this book, I picked it up on sale & was blown away.

    Arthur is on first meeting, not terribly likeable. I could pity him, but there is a sense of dishonesty because he is dishonest. He doesn't like who he is & is unwilling to let others know what his life is, to the point of putting on a shirt & tie to answer the door to the grocery delivery man so he can pretend he has been working all day, while in reality he is housebound, completely alone & does little more than eat and watch daytime television.

    We begin to see through him though & what follows is a deeply moving story of loneliness.

    Kel, the popular athletic teenager is equally lonely & his story is heartbreaking from the beginning as he does his best to care for his alcoholic mother without any outside support.

    The two stories are told in parallel until their connection becomes apparent.

    Some audio books I find I can become involved in doing something else while listening. In the case of this book I didn't want to. I found I quickly became emotionally invested in the stories of the two main characters (and the other characters also).

    My only regret is that I didn't pick this book up earlier. It is absolutely a wonderful read.

    The narration is spot on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 02-14-13
    Mia 02-14-13 Member Since 2017

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "A tribute to narration art"
    What did you love best about Heft?

    Like "Me before you" this book is about ilness and lonelyness. In "Me before you" there is one storyline which makes you either love or hate it. "Heft" !contains one storyline about a 17-year old guy taking care of his mom suffering from Lupus. His escape is baseball. The other story is about the big guy Arthur too big to wish to get out of his house: Then their stories come together. The narration is as great as "The help" the two narrators does an beyond amazing job. The narrators help you navigate between the two stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would either create another chapter or a second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Yolanda meets Arthur


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

    "You before me" came in the middel of this, would have done it in one setting otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like "The fault in our stars"<br/>" The help"<br/>" Me before you" you will love this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 12-27-12
    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Heartbreakingly Happy"

    I loved this book. I enjoyed listening to Arthur as much as I enjoyed listening to Kell and usually I tend to like 1 characters POV more than another. Both of these guys are so heartbroken but also so desperately hopeful that you cant help but have hope for them.

    As always Kirby Heyborn was great and i thought Keith Szarabajka was such a wonderful match for the character of Arthur.

    So, i don't write many reviews although I am always listening to books. I think my new years resolution is to start writing reviews here because I rely heavily on my fellow Audible members for recommendations. That said, listen to this book. well worth a credit!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-10-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2017

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "Loved the characters, loved the book."
    What did you love best about Heft?

    What I loved best about Heft was that I felt like I was living the main character's life. The author was able to write the book in a manner that allowed me to feel that I was on the inside of his mind, understanding his motives and choices. He was such an interesting, brilliant, gentle man while at the same time he was trapped within himself and within his home.


    What other book might you compare Heft to and why?

    I suppose that Heft reminded me of Anne Tyler novels, like "Accidental Tourist" perhaps. Unbelievable character development. The reader gets to live the life of another.


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

    The reading of Heft was brilliant. The story telling with two different voices allowed me to more fully live the lives of the two main characters whose ages were vastly separated.


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

    This book did not make me laugh or cry but did make me feel deeply the importance of development of friendships and the value of creating one's own family of friends as opposed to a birth family. This book allowed me to observe the protagonist's great ability to find love and acceptance of himself and of others.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sharey 08-07-17
    Sharey 08-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Held My Interest "

    I read a LOT of books and they're pretty diverse. Nothing, however, beats a straightforward, character-driven story like this to intermittently ground me. The good thing about books is their unlimited ability to expand and transport you, but sometimes you just need to return home to a solid book where you meet people whom could be anyone around you, just trying to get by, just like you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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