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Publisher's Summary

On paper, Bette Robinson's life is good. At 26, she's got a great deal on an apartment in Manhattan, and she's on target to become an associate at the prestigious investment bank where she works with her best friend. Her 80-hour workweeks might keep her from socializing or dating outside her office walls, but she's paying her dues on the well-trod path to wealth and happiness. So when Bette quits her job like the impulsive girl she's never been, she not only shocks her friends and family, she has no idea what to do next.

For months, Bette gets out and about by walking her four-pound dog around her decidedly unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood. Then she meets Kelly, head of Manhattan's hottest PR and events planning firm, and suddenly Bette has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen.

The work at Kelly & Company takes Bette inside the VIP rooms of the city's most exclusive nightclubs, to parties crowded with celebrities and socialites. Bette learns not to blink at the famous faces, the black Amex cards, the magnums of Cristal, or the ruthless paparazzi. Soon she's dating an infamous playboy who's great for her career but bad for her sanity, and scaring off the one decent guy she meets. Still, as her coworkers repeatedly point out, how can you complain about a job that pays you to party? Bette has to agree, until she begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column. That's when Bette's life on paper takes on a whole new meaning, and she learns the line between her personal and professional lives is invisible.

©2005 Laura Weisberger; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

Critic Reviews

"Weisberger has penned a comic novel that manages to rise to the upper echelons of the chick-lit genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Susan
  • Sylvan Lake, MI, USA
  • 03-11-06

Agonizing

Great Story... but the narration made me want to jump off a building. I will never, ever listen to an audiobook narrated by this girl again. It was awful. It was like listening to a Middle School Special Ed student reading the book. Her voice was insanely expressionless and annoying (I don't even have the vocabulary to express how much I hate her voice), but that wasn't all. She actually changed the meaning of some phrases by reading them incorrectly (read the phrase "threw away my Dead t-shirts," to sound as though she threw away t-shirts that were no longer living, rather than t-shirts that advertised the band, Grateful Dead), and she was actually unable to read some of the words! One example that stands out in my mind is when she said that a table "compromised" of a group of people, instead of reading the word "comprised." It was like she didn't even read the book before she entered the studio to read it aloud. Horrible. Buy the book and read it yourself... you will enjoy it so much more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ok story ... AWESOME narration.

It's Eliza Dushku's reading that makes this book. In another's voice the story and its heroine might have come off naive and implausible. But Eliza's reading is dead-on, making the listener feel like a friend is confiding in them. It's a fun book perfect for listening with a hot tea on a cold winter's day.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Allison
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 10-11-05

Much better than her first book

I was disappointed after reading the Devil Wears Prada, so I came in with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised because it is so much better than her first work. The heroine has more depth to her and while she may work in a PR firm, the characters are not as one dimensional and fake as her other book. I finished it in one night and am definitely recommending it to others

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • Alabaster, AL, USA
  • 04-13-09

Tolerable

When I want chick lit, I want something that doesn't get too emotional. This book fits the bill. Entertaining enough - not my favorite chick lit, but not a bad storyline. There are a couple of lovable characters. The main girl is just like any other main character in chick lit.

My major problem was that Eliza Dushku's narration was distracting and full of (sorry, Eliza fans) bad voice acting. I'd rather a professional voice actor narrate it, as her raspy voice got more and more distracting over time. It made it harder to follow the story - which is saying something, since it's not exactly Shakespeare.

Still, overall, not a waste of money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Karin
  • Naples, FL, USA
  • 07-02-06

Not as good as The Devil.

This story is similar to Devil in that it's about a girl in her 20's trying to figure it all out, has a job that makes her feel shallow and allows her to schmooze with the biggest names in NYC.

The narration is not good. I had difficulty understanding her in many parts of the book. This was a bit of a letdown and actually ruined my overall enjoyment of the story. Straining to try and understand the narrator isn't a lot of fun. It's probably a much better read, than listen.

The story is ok, and light. Good summer reading material. Not anywhere near as good as The Devil Wears Prada.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring valley girl story

I'm returning this book. It was just okay. I tried listening a couple times and just couldn't get through. Some books capture you and some books just aren't for you. I'm sure some people love this.. I however, am not into the gossipy valley girl series. It had some ups to it but just was too hard for me to get through.

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  • April
  • Concord, NH, United States
  • 01-18-11

Book to be enjoyed

I really enjoyed this book. I downloaded it and played it during work while I keyed spent time keying and reading my emails. It made my day go by quicker and I found I really enjoyed it. I listen to it many times since I downloaded it. Wonderful!

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  • Sandra
  • Sun City, CA, USA
  • 05-06-09

Like a fun audio "chick flick"

I'm so glad I downloaded this audiobook to entertain me on a long drive. (I usually choose non-fiction books but I thought I would try a lighter story this time).

I hoped it would be like "Devil Wears Prada" and it was indeed very similar. The narrator was perfect for the story with her young voice and casual reading. It felt like a friend was telling me all about her adventures at her new and glamorous job.

I sat in my driveway to listen to the last 10 minutes of the story--even though I was tired from my long drive--because I HAD to know how it ended! I recommend this for when you don't want to think too much and just want to be entertained.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • G
  • Hollywood, CA USA
  • 02-22-08

The Narration was wonderful

This was a fun book, and the narration was wonderful. I've purchased many, many books from this site, but not all of them get a second listen from me, let alone a third. This one did. Eliza Dushku read all the characters believably. She didn't over do any of them, she simply gave a slight twist when needed, and she didn't make me CRINGE like many female narrators do when reading the male parts, thank God. All in all, it was thoroughly enjoyable, and I have NO doubt I'll be listening to it again.

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  • Elizabeth
  • archdale, NC, United States
  • 01-04-08

Great Chick Lit

I took this one on a road trip and hated that the drived ended before the story, i really enjoyed this one, not nearly as predictable as most chick lit, I will be listening to it again soon!