The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner audiobook

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

By Jennifer Weiner
Read by Olivia Thirlby

Simon & Schuster Audio

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781442348905

  • ISBN: 9781442348905

Runtime: 12.07 Hours
Category: Fiction/Women
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

Blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood…

At three years old, Ruth Saunders miraculously survives the car crash that takes her parents’ lives on the icy Massachusetts Turnpike. Her eccentric grandmother, who comes out of Florida retirement to care for young Ruth, nurtures her through years of surgeries, feeding her home-cooked meals, dispensing irreverent wisdom, and telling Ruth she’s beautiful, even though her scars will stay with her forever.

After college, Ruth pursues her dream of writing to Hollywood, heading west with her grandmother in tow, hoping to make it big in the world of TV. After years of failure and a badly broken heart, Ruth gets The Call—her show has been green-lit.

But Ruth’s happy ending is only the beginning, as she struggles with how television gets made: terrified (and terrifying) executives and actresses with their eyes on bigger prizes than Ruthie’s show. Add in an unrequited crush on the man who has been her mentor. Add to that her grandmother’s impending nuptials, and Ruth’s big break might just break her.

A rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, The Next Best Thing is a heartfelt story about a young woman searching for her own happily-ever-after in the land where dreams come true.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jennifer Weiner is a dynamo of a writer: witty and engaging.” USA Today
“Snappy…Weiner’s tenth novel, showcases her humor and style. It’s also a gentle reminder that, as Mick Jagger sings, ‘You can’t always get what you want,’ but with enough effort you might get what you need, and that makes the next best thing feel all right.” Washington Post
“Olivia Thirlby’s reading captures the heart and soul of Weiner’s novel. The narrator’s portrayal of the young, naïve Ruth is convincing and nuanced. In turns, Thirlby embodies Ruth’s varied emotions, sounds excited, exasperated, embarrassed, sensuous, petulant, funny, and sad.” Publishers Weekly
“Olivia Thirlby captures the youthful cynicism and insecurity of youth Ruth Saunders…Thirlby’s consistently clear characterization keeps the listener engaged with the story.” AudioFile
“Ruth is a multidimensional heroine, and Weiner gives her real heart and soul…Contemporary women’s fiction at its finest.” Booklist (starred review)
“Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Jennifer Weiner

Author Bio: Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels. After graduating with a degree in English literature from Princeton, she worked as a newspaper reporter in a number of states but became a full-time writer after the publication of her first novel in 2001. Her novel In Her Shoes was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, and she is the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia. As a public speaker, Weiner has appeared on the Today show, the Martha Stewart Show, and her work has appeared in such publications as Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, and others.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 12.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English