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The Next Best Thing Audiobook

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood....

At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show-business culture, with an insider's ear and eye for writer's rooms, bad behavior backstage, and set politics, Jennifer Weiner's new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it's like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

©2012 Jennifer Weiner, Inc. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A writer of innate brilliance." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Jennifer Weiner's best-selling novels twist humor and topical issues into can't-put-down stories." (Houston Chronicle)

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful, Weiner shows she can write with exquisite tenderness as well as humor." (The Miami Herald)

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    Jessica Buchanan 10-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A good read"

    As usual, Jennifer Weiner takes you through a relatable emotional rollercoaster & tells a story theough conversations. Her typical protagonist once again faces body & self esteem issues but the story is told in a way that makes you a part of the characters lives, draws you in & keeps you hooked.

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    Amy Vejar 07-21-15
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed the low key nature but emotionally tugging reading of this book. I enjoy this author.

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    C. Billings 07-11-15
    C. Billings 07-11-15

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    "Excellent Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Best Thing the most enjoyable?

    Loved this story & the narrator was AMAZING!


    What does Olivia Thirlby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved her! She made me feel like I was the main character.


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    dan 02-12-15
    dan 02-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fresh plot, super characters, so well narrated .."

    super characters, so well narrated .. sexy, funny, touching. loved it. great story to just take you away. definitely recommend.

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    Christina R Boise, ID United States 08-14-14
    Christina R Boise, ID United States 08-14-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    Love Jennifer Weiner. I love her writing and the way she easily crafts her stories.

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    Kaitlin 03-26-14
    Kaitlin 03-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "New favorite narrator!"
    What did you love best about The Next Best Thing?

    The romance, the relationship between Ruthie and her grandma.


    What does Olivia Thirlby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gives different voices to the characters; she pronounces words I didn't know how to pronounce. Now I know how to pronounce chignon!


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    Karina Vergara EDINBURG, TX, US 02-18-14
    Karina Vergara EDINBURG, TX, US 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good...but not Jennifer Weiner's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I definitely like this book, I always really liked how her protagonsits are underdogs, I dig it. But this was a little too technical for me. LOTS of television lingo, lots of repetition, and lots of whining. I would've liked a little more character development when it came to Ruthie, but overall I liked it. Not as good of course as Good In Bed, or Then Came You.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dave confessed his love for her...and the pool scene obv!


    Could you see The Next Best Thing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    YES!


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    Kaci 12-10-13
    Kaci 12-10-13
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    If you could sum up The Next Best Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Fun fast read.


    Which character – as performed by Olivia Thirlby – was your favorite?

    Ruth-of course


    If you could take any character from The Next Best Thing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Little Dave


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a try when you need a light but still interesting read!

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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 09-17-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So...much...industry...babble..."

    I had abandoned this book and went back to try to give it another shot since I've loved a number of Jennifer Weiner's novels. Had to abandon it yet again. The book involves the television industry and she spends a good chunk of the book describing the process of writing and producing a television show in painstaking detail. If this is an area of great interest to you, by all means, pick it up. However, for me, the description of the biz significantly slowed down the action in the story enough to make me toss it.

    I also had a difficult time with the incredibly whiny main character, Ruth. She is just so damned mopey and broken to a point beyond empathy. Also, she seems a little creepy and stalkerish as she creates relationships in her head with fellas who have shown no interest in her whatsoever.

    The narrator only added velocity to my mental pitching of this book. She sounds like a fairly young person who hasn't quite got the hang of adding important inflections here and there. She mispronounces words. And you know? When certain young women? End statements with a high-pitched questioning voice? Drove me bonkers.

    Did not like.

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    Loretta FOSTER, RI, United States 07-20-13
    Loretta FOSTER, RI, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What an ending!!"
    What did you love best about The Next Best Thing?

    I loved the ending! I was a little disappointed when I found that it wasn't a typical Jennifer Weiner book. I always looked forward to her funny, crazy characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Best Thing?

    There were a couple. When Ruthie finally hooked up with Little Dave and, of course, the ending. I don't want to give the ending away, as I didn't see it coming. I thought the book was done and wrapping up, and bang a fabulous ending.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narration to be a little flat and slow. After I became accustomed to it, I felt that it reflected Ruthie's pessimistic personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You really can do it your way and win.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about love, loss, ethics, appreciating what you have, integrity and living by your own principles despite errors you may have made along the way.

    Life is not about being beautiful, shallow, and trying to be what you think that everyone wants. Just be yourself. Be true to yourself and you will be a success.

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