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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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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jordyn 11-07-16
    Jordyn 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Jennifer Close's Best Novel yet!"
    What did you love best about The Hopefuls?

    I've read all of the authors books and The Hopefuls is by far my favorite. Unlike Close's usual style the entire story is told from the main character Beth's point of view. It was so interesting to gain a fictional insight into DC especially during election season.


    Any additional comments?

    If you listen to one book by Jennifer Close make it "The Hopefuls"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pessie OAK PARK, MI, United States 11-07-16
    Pessie OAK PARK, MI, United States 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inconsistent, unsympathetic characters"

    The main character, a whiny, selfish young woman jumps all over the emotional map. She loves her husband, she's fallen out of love with him, hates his best friend, wants to sleep with his best friend, is best friends with the wife of her husband's best friend but hints broadly that this woman's character is seriously flawed. The reader is constantly teased throughout the novel about some way in which the protagonist's best friend will betray her, but who cares?
    Don't waste the money/credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie W. Endicott wayne, ne 11-06-16
    Natalie W. Endicott wayne, ne 11-06-16 Member Since 2015

    Moments Portrait Boutique

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    "Okay"

    A little long and drawn out. Not a favorite. Wouldn't read from this author again

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    Sara 10-29-16
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    "One of the best I've come across"

    Surprisingly delightful and real! This is one is a new favorite for sure. Anyone who has ever spent time in DC will relate!

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    Traci 10-28-16
    Traci 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm not sure why I stayed the whole way through..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hopefuls the most enjoyable?

    This was a harmless book to listen to on the commute to/from work. It's not Pulitzer material by any means but certainly holds its own in "light" literature.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Close? Why or why not?

    Yes. It wasn't the books fault I'm feeling like writing a scathing review - it is the narrator's.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jorjeana Marie’s performances?

    NO NO NO. And NO. Can I please make this a PSA for other narrators. Listen up, narrators! We do not need you to sound like Sandy from SpongeBob in order for us to glean that the person speaking is southern. Every time the two Texas characters were up I almost ran off the road from rolling my eyes so hard. Oh. MY. GOD. This was the worst southern accent I've ever heard and I'm from North Carolina. And please... please... do not whine the story through your nose. This performance was DREADFUL. I hate listening to my own voice on recordings but I would take it over this one. So... the book must have been good for me to suffer through this. So in summary:Southern people aren't all hicks and caricatures. Wealthy people don't have to be voiced as Thurston Howell III. Speak through your mouth, not nose. Make you voice less annoying.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Hopefuls and why?

    Hmmm. No one was especially likable. Main character - flawed and toward the end despicable and pithy. Husband - self-absorbed. Friends from Texas - Who knows? I couldn't bear listening to them. Friend married to the old guy - not sure what the point of her was. Mother-in-law - one dimensional and falsely portrayed as rich and therefore vapid.


    Any additional comments?

    Agh. The more I write the more I hate this book.

    0 of 0 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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    Kelly 09-15-16
    Kelly 09-15-16
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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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