It was very interesting to read from the prospective of a sitcom writer.
It is a very unique book, and that is one reason that I liked it. I really haven't read a book like it.
You could really see how the main character was feeling -
The grandmother...I loved the relationship between the two of them.
The ending when great overtakes the standard
she captured all of the characters wonderfully
Not cry, but definitely sad for some of the characters. and laugh, definitely
This book showed me what real life TV world is probably like, and I truly enjoyed this story.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
Jennifer Weiner was one of my favourite authors, but the last couple of books I read were so predictable and and fluffy. The concept is there but without any meat. I am sad. Where is the delightful author of Goodnight Nobody, Good in Bed, Little Earthquakes and (my favourite) In Her Shoes??? Hmmm....I am nervous to invest in another of her stories.
The story was okay but not exceptional.
The narrator spoke almost in a monotone, with little inflection. After a while it the narrator's voice reminded me of fingernails on a chalkboard.
I'm struggling to finish listening to this narrator. I'll avoid books read by her in the future.
Love novels, love to laugh.
I have read all of Jennifer Weiner's books. Her early works with that "witty repartee" were more enjoyable for me. I think, though that part of why I didn't enjoy this book more was because of the narrator. Olivia Thirlby's voice sounds (to me) too young and no Boston accent either. More importantly her comic timing isn't good. I think if I had read this book, it would have been funnier. There are some good lines but the narrator misses them.
The ending was very obvious, I thought. That's disappointing to me.
Still, the book is worth reading. Most people will be able to relate to the theme of not fitting in; of missing out on a chunk of life, etc. But I would recommend against listening to this one.
I thought it was alright. It was a little slow at times. The other books from Jennifer Weiner I couldn't put down. This was not one like that. The narration was fine.
I loved SWM from The Guy Not Taken so I was really looking forward to this. The story was good. In fact at one point, I kind of stopped listening because I wasn't ready for it to end. But that's when I realized I wasn't grasping for more. The story was good, but not great. Not that it is completely comparable, but it's just nothing compared to Good in Bed.
I've always enjoyed Jennifer Weiner books and this one was no exception. I was unaware that she had a short run as a television writer herself which in hindsight makes the book that much more comical. After finding out more about “The State of Georgia,” I have to wonder how much of it was based on her experience. This was a really fast listen. I had previously read the short story “Swim” prior to listening to “The Next Best Thing” I would highly recommend it. Swim gives you a better background story of Ruth’s relationship with Rob and overall better foundation of Ruth’s history. I was so happy when I finished “Swim” to find out that Ruth’s story continued in “The Next Best Thing.”
Sometimes Jennifer Weiner's characters pick on themselves a little too much but they are SO real. This story got to me emotionally and had even my husband laughing when he heard snipets of it. Listening to stories like these have my work day flying by.
Olivia Thirlby's narration was great. She seemed to really get how the characters were feeling.
I usually love this writer and enjoyed the story as much as I could understand.
Mush mouth, couldn't you find someone who spoke clearly.