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Publisher's Summary

For Nina Askew, turning 40 means freedom - from the ex-husband whose career always came first, from their stuffy suburban home. Freedom to have her own apartment in the city, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change.... And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed: a puppy. A bouncy puppy to cheer her up. Instead she gets...Fred.

Overweight, smelly, and obviously suffering from some kind of doggy depression, Fred is light-years from perky. But for all his faults, he does manage to put Nina face-to-face with Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger downstairs neighbor.

Alex looks great on paper - a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor who shares Fred's abiding love for Oreos - but a 10-year difference in age, despite his devastating smile, is too wide a gap for Nina to handle.

Ignoring her insistent best friend, some interfering do-gooders, and the ubiquitous Fred - not to mention her suddenly raging hormones - Nina thinks anyone but Alex would be a better bet for a relationship. But the more silver-haired stiffs she dates, the more she suspects it's the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!

©2005 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Considered by many to be a romantic comedy classic....the novel is given a note-perfect reading by Susan Ericksen....Also worthy of note: the upbeat, jazzy score." (AudioFile)

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 09-30-08

Jennifer Crusie knows how to have fun

I had read "Fast Women" because is was on sale and very entertaining. So I thought I would try another by this author. what a great story with lots of laughs.
The narrator did a great job. I understand that some of the narrators for Ms Crusie books are not as enjoyable. I suggest a listen before purchasing.
I enjoyed this one very much and recommend

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Susan Ericksen Rules

Listen to anything that she reads! She's amazing!
The book was good... funny at parts, REALLY funny at other parts!
I enjoyed it! A nice "fluff" book for when I just don't feel like remembering names or dates or trying to figure out who the killer might be!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 09-10-08

As memorable as a Hollywood Classic Movie

Listening to this is like watching one of the great Hollywood classic movies: The characters are smart and witty, the dialogue snappy...and you'll fall in love with Fred. I will definitely be listening to this one again and again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Deanna
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • 03-19-12

Witty and fun book.

I thought this book was so much fun. I love a book like this that can make me laugh out loud. The dialog between the characters and the interactions with Fred cracked me up. Susan Ericksen did a really great job with the narration. Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Anyone But You

Not one of Jennifer Crusie's best. Rather formulaic. She can write much better. I'm glad I've read some of her other books, otherwise, I wouldn't bother reading her other books.

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  • Ellen
  • Prospect, CT, USA
  • 11-05-09

Cute

This is a cute and fluffy selection. The main characters continuing obsession with her age got to be a little annoying.

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  • Nancy
  • South Beloit, IL, United States
  • 01-03-09

WONDERFUL ! A must read !

This was the first Jennifer Crusie book I read and was "hooked" immediately. How fun to read a book and laugh while doing it ! Her characters are perfect and the narrator was wonderful ! Give me more !

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-22-17

Wonderful story. Bad narrator.

I love the story, but I couldn’t wait for it to be over because the audiobook narrator was awful.

I read the paperback several years ago and laughed a lot. I recently listened to the audiobook. I didn’t laugh because I knew what to expect, but I still enjoyed the story.

I was so drawn to the characters. I loved the slow building relationship between Nina and Alex. I enjoyed other characters as well, especially the 75 year old physically fit neighbor Norma.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Susan Ericksen:
I don’t like this narrator. It feels like a bossy person is yelling at me, lecturing me, nagging me. It’s jaring, irritating and stressful to listen to. There is no sweetness, softness or vulnerability in her voice. It’s loud. I don’t like monotone readers, but Susan Ericksen is too far the other way. I feel like she is overacting with artificial cheeriness, overly energetic. Her emotional interpretation of men is off. Alex sounds like a bossy female instead of a guy desiring her and wanting sex.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 275 pages. Swearing language: mild including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Setting: 1990s U.S. Copyright: 1996. Genre: contemporary romance, older woman younger man.

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Cute, light hearted story. Great narrator!

A flash back to pre-cell phone in every hand, movie watching romance. Can't say enough about the narrator. Although I have liked her more in others it was still easy to follow character switches. Overall nice way to pass a road trip!

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Very funny romance

This is one of my favorite romances with a particularly memorable dog to provide humorous entertainment.