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The Hopefuls Audiobook

The Hopefuls: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kelly 08-11-16
    Kelly 08-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad, not great."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HailtoTheVictors Royal Oak MI 09-25-16
    HailtoTheVictors Royal Oak MI 09-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not as good as expected"

    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.

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    K. Cooper SF, CA 09-24-16
    K. Cooper SF, CA 09-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Good view inside of campaign life"

    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.

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    MNfarmgal 09-21-16
    MNfarmgal 09-21-16
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    "First audible book"

    This was the first audible book I listened to, narration was good. It kept my interest.

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    Anita Davis 09-21-16
    Anita Davis 09-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable storyline. Narrators voice awful."

    If the reader had a cold, they should have delayed production until she was well.

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    Kelly 09-15-16
    Kelly 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept waiting"

    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.

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    lmb5 09-03-16
    lmb5 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring text"

    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.

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    Kelsey F 08-30-16
    Kelsey F 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Voice worse than the story"
    What did you like best about The Hopefuls? What did you like least?

    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!


    Has The Hopefuls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'll still read books in this genre, but not read by this narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Jorjeana Marie’s performance?

    Her voice, and attempted accents -- both are annoying.


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    I love useful things! USA 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Most unlikable protagonist ever"

    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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    Heather 08-20-16
    Heather 08-20-16
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    "Slow predictable story"

    This turned out to be a relatively plain, vanilla story. Glad when it ended. Predictable.

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