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THE NEXT BEST THING

by | Read by Olivia Thirlby

Fiction • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2012

Narrator Olivia Thirlby captures the youthful cynicism and insecurity of young Ruth Saunders, who is disfigured in a car accident that claims the lives of both her parents. Ruth's grandmother steps in to raise her and also relocates to Los Angeles when Ruth follows her dream to become a screenwriter. Though Ruth's script receives a thumbs-up, she struggles against the superficiality of the industry and, in particular, a diva actress, whom Thirlby amusingly portrays with a whiny huffiness. Thirlby uses a facetious tone to reflect Ruth's increasingly spunky comebacks and a quieter, fearful voice to reveal Ruth's private pain about her appearance. Though the plot dwindles at times, Thirlby's consistently clear characterization keeps the listener engaged with the story. M.F. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2012]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2012

CD ISBN 9781442348905 $39.99 • Eleven CDs

DD ISBN 9781442348912 $23.95

 

Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2012

CD ISBN 9781464013157 $123.75 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781470318512 $49.75 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN 978-1-4640-4734-3 $109.00

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