We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
The Next Best Thing: A Novel | [Jennifer Weiner]

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

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.
Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (309 )
5 star
 (93)
4 star
 (111)
3 star
 (68)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (18)
Overall
3.7 (273 )
5 star
 (80)
4 star
 (92)
3 star
 (61)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (19)
Story
4.0 (268 )
5 star
 (99)
4 star
 (91)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (9)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rebecca Auburn, AL, United States 07-18-12
    Rebecca Auburn, AL, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Funny Story!"

    Jennifer Weiner has a great sense of humor and it's as good as ever in The Next Best Thing. One reviewer mentioned that there was a lot of whining. Maybe so, but it's funny whining. Although it's a lighthearted story, it puts the Hollywood culture of shallow beauty into perspective, while emphasizing the importance of inner resources and heart. Some of the obstacles Ruthie (the main character) had to surmount became a bit tedious in places, but I found myself rooting for her and had a hard time putting the book down.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S new york, NY, United States 08-15-12
    S new york, NY, United States 08-15-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    325
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    200
    89
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    92
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story, great narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Best Thing the most enjoyable?

    Olivia Thirbly was a great voice for the main character, Ruthie. She didn't overact or ham it up, like many tend to do. She kind of gave it to us straight, in a good way. Her voice made me sympathize with the character without feeling sorry for her or pitying her.

    This is definitely a summer, chick-lit book, but with substance. The usual non-sense, reality suspending scenarios that you usually find in a chick-lit book are missing here and thank goodness!

    We get an insiders look into making it in Hollywood, getting a tv show produced and being a writer. The characters were well written and had believable relationships. The dialogue felt real--this is how real people talk and express themselves.
    Would definitely recommend.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cassie J. Chenoweth Charleston, WV 08-10-12
    Cassie J. Chenoweth Charleston, WV 08-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Love to Read

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This was a different kind of book for me"
    What did you love best about The Next Best Thing?

    That is was different and unique story, interesting subject the TV industry


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

    Her voice was was irritating to me. I think this makes a better read than an audible book


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 08-09-12
    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 08-09-12 Member Since 2004

    Gardening Geek

    HELPFUL VOTES
    208
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    278
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    35
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A tad annoying, but leaves a memorable aftertaste"

    If you've never read Jennifer Weiner before, then start with Good In Bed. For Weiner fans The Next Best Thing is an informative saunter through the glitz, glam and gross extravagance of the television industry.

    The author does so well with the daily injustices thrust on over-weight women, but her portrayal of one with a disfigured face, with a hot body (of which Weiner is excessively enamored) was off and even grating.

    Still, 
Jennifer Weiner delivers her normal humorous and evocative fare, even with the trite, predictable, pat ending that you generally only see in, well, television sit-coms.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    loix Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-05-12
    loix Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    317
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Whiny and surprisingly mean-spirited"

    Except for the surprise ending (which in hindsight was fully in line with the deus ex machina approach of this author), I couldn't find much to like about this book. I'm all for an author rooting for her main character, but when the narrative is so clearly partial to the heroine, the readers find it hard to sympathize with that character (why even bother when the author goes out of her way to accommodate her), and even more so when the heroine is so whiny, mean-spirited (all the while rationalizing her own bigotry), and a borderline stalker.

    As for the narration, I found it tolerable but not very credible: the narrator often lapses into the very same question intonation for statements that the heroine criticizes in others.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 08-20-12
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    39
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    123
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    22
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"

    Have to admit I didn't finish listening to the book. Got about half through before I decided to move on. Didn't find the story particularly interesting and the reader ....well she sounded as if she was reading.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christina R Boise, ID United States 08-14-14
    Christina R Boise, ID United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaitlin United States 03-26-14
    Kaitlin United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karina Vergara EDINBURG, TX, US 02-18-14
    Karina Vergara EDINBURG, TX, US 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaci PORTLAND, OR, United States 12-10-13
    Kaci PORTLAND, OR, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't put it down"
    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 42 results PREVIOUS125NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.