We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one Friday night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We stumble upon Good in Bed's Bruce Guberman, liquored-up and ready for anything on the night of his best friend's bachelor party, until stealing his girlfriend's tiny rat terrier becomes more complicated than he'd planned. We find Jessica Norton listing her beloved New York City apartment in the hope of winning her broker's heart. And we follow an unlikely friendship between two very different new mothers, and the choices that bring them together and pull them apart.
The Guy Not Taken demonstrates Weiner's amazing ability to create characters who "feel like they could be your best friend" (Janet Maslin) and to find hope and humor, longing and love in the hidden corners of our common experiences.
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"Weiner has a brilliant eye for social stratum, character sketches, and renderings of suburban atmospherics." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful, Weiner shows she can write with exquisite tenderness as well as humor." (The Miami Herald)
"A wonderful, natural writer and storyteller, Weiner renders her characters and their messy, sometimes wrenching lives in details that resonate as the real deal...smart, lovable, and mordantly funny." (Publishers Weekly)
The same cast of characters inhabit these stories as well as Weiner's novels. The writer with the selfish sister, the writer with housing issues, fertility seekers.
Jennifer W. can write up a storm. This book is entertaining, but I did not care for the
narrator. Too nasal, too thin a voice, sort of teenagery.
I think I felt lost during most of this book. After listening to it all, I think that it is compiled of a lot of lost loves in books that I may not have read. I remember some of the stories that were related to some of the characters but others - I was totally lost on who they were, how they knew each other and their back story. If you are a Jennifer Weiner buff and have read/listened to all of her books, you may really enjoy this book!
I think they characters were all well played and separate, however I just felt lost during some stories because I had no idea who they were or any back story.
I really liked the stories! They weren't over-the-top romantic or dramatic, the characters & their stories/situations were ones you find in real life.
I was expecting more. I'm in my 40's maybe the stories were just a bit juvinile for my taste. I found the narrator's voice to be annoying and whiny through the entire book.
I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan and this collection of short stories did not disappoint. My only complaint is that this audio edition is considered "unabridged" yet this weekend I was in a bookstore and picked up the hardcover copy of this book to see if there were any author's notes (there are) or anything else not in the audio edition. I was stunned to discover three more stories after "The Mommy Hour" (the last story on the audio) that are in the book and not in the audiobook. So I ended up purchasing the book so I could read those three stories. Even without this discovery, though, I was very satisfied by this collection and would highly recommend it to any Jennifer Weiner fan. (And then spend a Sunday afternoon in your local bookstore reading the author's notes and the missing stories). The female reader is excellent. I loved her vocal interpretation of nearly every character.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The stories themselves kept my attention - I was able to get "into the head" of each and every character and couldn't put down my ipod. The stories were long enough for full character and plot development, but not too long. What really made this audiobook was the narration. I absolutely loved Mary Catherine Garrison's reading - each and every character's lines were fully developed and read with total expression. I found myself laughing out loud constantly. Unlike one of the other reviewers, I thought her voice was perfect for the character ages and actually was disappointed to see this is the only audiobook she has done.
Highly recommended - 2 thumbs up!
Material was not The Guy Not Taken, but pieces of two other Jennifer Weiner books that I happened to recognize. Spent much time on phone with Audible trying to straighten this out. Situation not resolved yet. Pass this one up for now!
"Passes the time"
The title of this book should be 'The guy not taken and OTHER stories' as only one of the 11 short stories relates to this topic! The first three are about the same woman at different stages in her life, the others are individual.
I think a good short story should bring you in to a moment in time - several of these, however, attempt to span many years which in a 45 minute story just leaves you feeling as if you've missed out on something.
I would recommend listening to a sample of the main narrator first as her accent and voice were hard to bear at times however she makes a good attempt at different voices for different characters.
I downloaded this to listen to on a long plane journey and it failed to hold my attention, however once back home I tried again and I'm glad I did as it filled 8 hours of dog walks and commutes! Give it a go if you like frivolous fiction and books that are easy to pick up and put down again.
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