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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Hedges Narrator: Peter Hedges, Amy Ryan, Allison Pill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781101154656
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The new novel by Oscar-nominated writer and director Peter Hedges features poor parents, rich parents, private schools, real estate, adultery, and marriage, in Brooklyn’s wealthiest enclave.

Tim Welch is a popular history teacher at the Montague Academy, an exclusive private school in Brooklyn Heights. As he says, “I was an odd-looking, gawky kid but I like to think my rocky start forced me to develop empathy, kindness, and a tendency to be enthusiastic. All of this, I'm now convinced, helped in my quest to be worthy of Kate Oliver.” Now, Kate is not inherently ordinary. But she aspires to be. She stays home with their two young sons in a modest apartment trying desperately to become the parent she never had. They are seemingly the last middle-class family in the Heights, whose world is turned upside down by Anna Brody, the new neighbor who moves into the most expensive brownstone in Brooklyn, sending the local society into a tailspin.

Anna is not only beautiful and wealthy; she’s also mysterious. And for reasons Kate doesn’t quite understand, even as all the Range Rover–driving moms jockey for invitations into Anna’s circle, Anna sets her sights on Kate and Tim and brings them into her world.

Like Tom Perrotta, Peter Hedges has a keen eye for the surprising truths of daily life. The Heights is at once light of touch and packed with emotion and depth of character.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A must-read if you've ever longed for more excitement in your life. Parenting magazine
  • Hedges has a knack for taking everyday life and making it fascinating...The Heights us a no-holds-barred expose of suburbia and the strains of marriage and childrearing, but Hedges deftly transforms this weighty subject matter into an addictive blend of melodrama carefully balanced with comedy...creating a novel that is devilishly delightful. BookPage
  • The Heights stays with you. As much a metaphor for being swept off your feet by lofty people or aspirations or location, The Heights delves into the marriage of a futurist woman working for a nonprofit and a history teacher at a Brooklyn Heights private school taking a sabbatical to finish his dissertation on the history of loss. New York Daily News
  • The Heights' witty and honest take on marital claustrophobia shows the virtue of taking your time. GQ Magazine
  • [A] quirky, amusing book. Washington Post
  • Hedges delivers an insightful portrayal of parenthood and the strains and temptations of marriage, even in a seemingly perfect relationship. He also makes some wonderful observations about family life. Associated Press

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/16/2014

    " really funny, honest look at a modern family. Loved the beginning. Super insightful. Loved the way the neighborhood became a character in the story of the people in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 1/25/2014

    " It was interesting and a good way to kill some time while working. The author used "clearly" way too much. The audio book faded out a lot and it seemed like they were trying to set a tone but it was just annoying. It made me think something was wrong with my player. I liked the multiple character point of view narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/31/2013

    " Quick read with entertaining characters and an interesting plot. Love that Give Kids the World got a mention in it, too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 12/24/2013

    " This book had such promise in the beginning but really just fizzled out after the first third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/19/2013

    " Wow. I didn't expect this. Loved the way it was written. The end was truly refreshing. Read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary sipp rigby | 12/17/2013

    " excellent read about ny c "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 11/26/2013

    " This is a well written book. It is really easy to read. I even liked the characters - for the most part - in the story. The topic is the demise of a happy marriage. It was a little to disheartening for me to really enjoy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 11/14/2013

    " This takes place in an upscale neighborhood near New York City. The central characters are a young married couple. What happens when a new neighbor moves in drives this story of their relationship. I particularly liked the somewhat Hollywood ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 carolyn | 10/21/2013

    " Funny, frustrating, clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Verena | 9/15/2013

    " This wasn't as entertaining as I had hoped. I didn't care about any of these people. They all seemed out of touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Wilhelm | 9/13/2013

    " I enjoyed the first half of this books describing the characters lives in the Heights of New York. The storyline became predictable in the second half and I lost interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Bokma | 9/3/2013

    " Enjoyed this well written novel about a married couple living in Brooklyn Heights. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 8/24/2013

    " Very sad....characters are confused....or it just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 7/30/2013

    " Well performed by three readers which added a lot to the sharp yet subtle dialogue. A bit disappointed by the ending, but at the very end there was some promise. Authentic characters. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/12/2013

    " It had me in the first 10 minutes. I never laughed so hard over a conversation about anal sex. I listened to Peter read it and it was perfect mix of vulnerability, adorable enthusiasm, and dry sarcasm that made me root for him and be so utterly disappointed in him at the same time. Loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 xq | 9/25/2012

    " fun, breezy read. Hedges is also a screenwriter (About a Boy adaptation, Dan in Real Life, etc) and that totally came through in this book. enjoyable, but nothing life-changing or thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherwestonstec | 7/8/2012

    " excellent, loved the writting style and a pleasure to read and contemplate! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 6/5/2012

    " I couldn't finish this book. The language was atrocious and the subject matter is inappropriate. If the world lives like these people no wonder there is so much sadness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cara | 4/29/2012

    " i will read/watch whatever this man has to offer. good stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 8/27/2011

    " I thought it was a pretty good book, easy read. It tells a story from different characters and the transition is smooth. I did not enjoy the last page, it left me wondering what happened? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/11/2011

    " Listened to the audiobook. Audio format worked well for the multiple points of view, although was occasionally confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hallie | 5/9/2011

    " I listened to this as an audio book and enjoyed it. The book was broken up into parts told from the different characters point of view and these were read by different people. The main dilemma throughout the book was about marriage and fidelity and I enjoyed the way the book dealt with the issue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/6/2011

    " excellent read about ny c
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/2/2011

    " A perfect romp through the lives of people I want to be nothing like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/28/2011

    " This was pretty entertaining. Very much like books by Jon Tropper or Tom Perotta. Its like decent chicklit written by a guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/20/2011

    " Fun, colorful characters. Laugh out loud moments. Bordered on a little raunchy that was a tad unnecessary, but still a good read and worth the time.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bess | 4/2/2011

    " A-ma-zing! Best book read in 2011 so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/24/2011

    " Adorable. Couple lives in Brooklyn Heights but really doesn't fit in.You love both of them . Please read this "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 3/13/2011

    " None of these characters felt like real people to me. Not one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 3/12/2011

    " Don't even bother. I was excited to read this book because the author wrote the movie About a Boy, but "boy" was I disappointed! (Sorry, I couldn't help with the pun) :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 3/5/2011

    " Interesting that this author wrote What's eating Gilbert Grape and then nothing till this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginna | 3/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this because it takes place in my neighborhood. Quick read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/18/2011

    " This was a good book that was very realistic. It was an easy but slighly slow read. The characters were well formed and I could relate to both the husband and wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/5/2011

    " Ooooh! Me likey! In the same school as Little Children and A Gate at the Stairs. Why do I enjoy reading about smug marrieds in touble?
    "

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About the Narrator

Amy Ryan attended Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. Ryan played Officer Russell in the HBO series The Wire, and in 2007 she was cast in Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. Her performance earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.