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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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    mary LOS ALAMITOS, CA, United States 08-21-12
    mary LOS ALAMITOS, CA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up The Next Best Thing in three words, what would they be?

    This was well written and I fell in love with Ruthie and her grandma. The author's descriptions of the world of tv production sound very realistic and put me in the moment. I strongly recommend.


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    Malie United States 08-14-12
    Malie United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting view into Hollywood sidcom start ups"
    If you could sum up The Next Best Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, realistic love, & heart wrenching.


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

    If you are looking for a love story that doesn't include buff hunks and sexy females this is for you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the interview scene with funny quirky back and forth between the main character and her soon to be love interest.


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

    The main character. She is funny, insecure like the rest of us, and sincere.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how this scared woman has overcome her insecurity to live her life in the middle of Babelon among the pretty people of Hollywood, and still hold true to herself. I love that her happily ever after isn't another made up hunky man that every woman is going to drool over. It is a realistic romanic love affair that will leave you dreaming that it could happen to you!

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    Naomi Oakland, California, United States 08-13-12
    Naomi Oakland, California, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Weiner and/or Olivia Thirlby?

    I really like Jennifer Weiner and have enjoyed many of her books. The characters were predictable, but it was a good story. I didn't really care for Olivia Thirbly's voice though. It came off as a little whiny and baby-ish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite character.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Olivia Thirlby’s performances?

    I don't think I will, no.


    Do you think The Next Best Thing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think a sequel would ruin it. It was a good story, but not one that left me wanting more. I was pretty happy with the way it ended.


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    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 08-12-12
    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 08-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Story"

    This was such a wonderful story. The author and narrator did such a great job at bringing Ruthie to life. I felt for her and rooted for her as she progressed from lowly writer to showrunner for a network TV show. I enjoyed learning the ins and outs of what it was like to run a show, the joys, the disappointments, the many compromises. And the romance was poignant. Ruthie and Dave were injured, scarred souls, afraid to reach out for what they wanted. They made a great couple. But be aware they aren't the usual couple you will read about in romance novels. Ruthie isn't the beautiful heroine and Dave isn't an alpha male or dashing rogue. But even so, I really enjoyed their romance. The ending was satisfying, though, it may have been a tad unrealistic. But this is fiction, so anything goes. This is a wonderful summer read for those who enjoy women's fiction.

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    Sarah Martin Ithaca, NY United States 08-06-12
    Sarah Martin Ithaca, NY United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not her best, but still pretty good"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Weiner and/or Olivia Thirlby?

    Absolutely. I love Jennifer Weiner


    What could Jennifer Weiner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not her finest story, but still a great summer read.


    What three words best describe Olivia Thirlby’s performance?

    Easy enough to listen to


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


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    Pamela edina, MN, United States 07-30-12
    Pamela edina, MN, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book to "get lost" in!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Next Best Thing to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio version - the narrator was great!


    What other book might you compare The Next Best Thing to and why?

    not sure??? what other book I'd compare it to - pretty original story - very detailed.


    Have you listened to any of Olivia Thirlby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her voice is familiar - I'm sure I have - I've listened to so many audio books that I can't keep track of the narrators.


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

    Hollywood is just as plastic and superficial as you wood think.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story and the writing. I always look forward to Jennifer Weiner's new novels (I've read all of them). I get totally sucked into the story - great details - great characters.

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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 02-25-13
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Fictional look into TVLand"
    Where does The Next Best Thing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a nice light read. Characters you care about. Not too deep. How a TV show is made was interesting.


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

    Anytime Ruthie's Grandmother was around.


    What about Olivia Thirlby’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. Voice matched lead character well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You felt for Ruthie's idealism.


    Any additional comments?

    Summer Beach type of read.

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 08-06-12
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Whiners are weiners"

    This may have been a good story, I usually like Jennifer Weiner, but I found the main character and the narrator annoying. Too much self pity. I'm not unsympathetic to a person injured and scarred in childhood, but once she was an adult with the dream job etc- maybe she could have lightened up. Of course that would have been a different book. I wish I would have listened to that one.

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