A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite.
When Beth arrives in DC, she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away.
Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunches, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, the couples' friendship - and Beth's relationship with Matt - is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors.
A glorious send-up of young DC and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.
©2016 Jennifer Close (P)2016 Random House Audio
"A fascinating drama about relationships, loyalty, the price of aspirations and success, The Hopefuls will surely ensnare you into this world from page one - and hold you there, tightly, until the final word." (Refinery29)
"The author of Girls in White Dresses delivers her latest novel about a couple navigating the political ladder in DC. Inspired by Close's own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington's exhausting culture of competition - one that that renders people outside of political circles virtually invisible." (Meredith Turits, Elle)
"Narrator Jorjeana Marie's lively performance and perfect pacing make this audiobook a compulsive listen.... Marie's subtle yet effective accents and tonal modulations highlight the characters' personalities, strengthening listeners' connection to the story. With its vivid details of life in D.C., this is a must-listen for an election year." (AudioFile)
I can think of worse ways to pass the time. The story is just so so. There's not much that actually happens. It's basically an unappreciated wife complaining about her life. The readers voice is a bit nasally & over-pronunciated.
Enjoyed the story, interesting look at the dynamics of 2 couples as one husband succeeds more than the other. But I was expecting some big twist or incident that never came.
I enjoyed this easy, quick listen. If I have one complaint, the narrator doesn't say Ls which drives me crazy. Shouder not shoulder, Oder not older... It is distracting.
Kept waiting for something to happen in the story. Finally got interesting in the last 90 mins. Other than that, the main character just complains a lot and positions herself as the victim almost always.
You can't even call this a story. It's so long, slow, dull and boring. The "climactic" part wasn't even that. And the narrator was so whiny and annoying. I wish I would have stopped half way and returned it.
Some parts of the main character were relate-able, but she was generally whiny, and her voice was very nasally! Also, the worst Texan accents I've ever heard!
No, I'll still read books in this genre, but not read by this narrator.
Her voice, and attempted accents -- both are annoying.
Absolutely nothing redeeming about this book. I felt compelled to stick with it since I paid for it, but really I should have ditched this one early on. Not one character was likable, but Beth, was the worst of them all. The narrator's voice did little to help the cause except to make you question who did you hate more, her or the character? Do not waste your time!
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