The Next Best Thing

Jennifer Weiner, Author, Olivia Thirlby, Read by
Jennifer Weiner, read by Olivia Thirlby. Simon & Schuster Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 12 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-48905
Reviewed on: 08/27/2012
Release date: 07/01/2012
Hardcover - 10 pages - 978-1-4712-1247-5
Paperback - 389 pages - 978-0-85720-817-0
Hardcover - 510 pages - 978-1-61173-482-9
Paperback - 389 pages
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4640-4734-3
Hardcover - 400 pages
Compact Disc - 978-1-4423-4892-9
Open Ebook - 416 pages - 978-1-4516-1777-1
Compact Disc - 978-1-4423-6897-2
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4423-4893-6
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4423-4891-2
Ebook - 400 pages - 978-0-85720-960-3
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Weiner's novel follows the journey of Ruth Saunders, who sets off for Hollywood to become a television writer—with her 70-year-old grandmother along for the ride. Although ambitious and talented, Ruth is still disfigured from a car accident that killed her parents. In California, Ruth finds work for the networks, but her new life is far from perfect, especially when her grandmother announces her plans to get married and Ruth's pet project is edited beyond recognition. Narrator Olivia Thirlby's reading captures the heart and soul of Weiner's novel. The narrator's portrayal of the young, naïve Ruth is convincing and nuanced. In turns, Thirlby embodies Ruth's varied emotions, sounding excited, exasperated, embarrassed, sensuous, petulant, funny, and sad. A Washington Square paperback. (July)