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The Guy Not Taken: Stories Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Garrison gives a fine reading of Weiner's collection of short stories about girls and women at various points in their lives (and one about a young man at a crossroads). As a narrator, Garrison's style is unobtrusive and understated; she reads with expression, drawing the listener into the story, but she does not create memorable character voices or give a "flashy" performance. She uses one basic voice for the protagonists of each story, and clearly differentiates between the main character and the supporting characters. The result is a narration that steps back and lets the author's words take center stage. Bridges, meanwhile, is excellent in his narration of the one tale from a male point of view-he does a great job voicing the drunk young men at a bachelor party, the Bronx-accented stripper who entertains the guest of honor, the one conflicted young man among them trying to decide whether to propose to his longtime girlfriend and the sensible girlfriend herself. Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 7).
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"These stories range from an old lady held hostage to a New Yorker who gives up killer real estate for a guy. Weiner's fans will recognize the kooky-kid-sister sagas, but it's the new territory notably "Swim" and "Dora on the Beach" that shouldn't be missed. A-"
-- "Entertainment Weekly"
""The Guy Not Taken" showcases a maturing Weiner..."In Her Shoes" author Jennifer Weiner is resigned to the fact that in some circles she is referred to as the 'Queen of Chick Lit.' But I challenge anyone who says her short-story collection, "The Guy Not Taken, " isn't serious women's fiction. Not that there's anything wrong with chick lit, but the women in these stories are a far cry from the Manolo-obsessed bubbleheads sometimes found in chick lit novels. These women apply healthy doses of self-doubt, loneliness and misgivings along with their lip gloss and mascara. All the stories in Weiner's collection have that 'Calgon, Take Me Away' quality to which smart women, whose lives are complicated by careers, men, babies, parents and siblings, can relate."
-- "USA Today"
""The Guy Not Taken" takes Weiner to next level as author...With her latest collection Weiner is proving that the masters of the oft-maligned chick lit genre are voices to be reckoned with. An accessible anthology that takes readers on a ride through divorce, heartbreak, insecurity and what might have been, "The Guy Not Taken" is a tender, thought-provoking read that puts Weiner on the map as one of her generation's best literary voices."
-- "Boston Herald"
"These autobiographical stories suggest that Weiner is the kind of wise-cracking pal who makes a great lunch date. In "Swim, " a woman who left her TV job after her sexy writing partner led her on, then eloped with the show's star, helps a nebbish craft a personal ad. When he says he's picked 'Lonelyguy 78' as his screen name, she blurts, 'Was 'Desperateguy' taken?' Even a coda on the inspiration for the stories is a hoot. The heroines-hooked-on-bad-boys notion wears thin, but fans will savor Weiner's confidential tone and salty wit. [3 out of 4 stars]"
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As in her novels (Goodnight Nobody; Good in Bed), smart, 30-something women battle broken childhoods and dating damage in order to build their own families.
In "The Wedding Bed," a new bride realizes, that for the rest of her life her story will always be about the man who left and never came back (absent fathers are the bread and butter of these stories, the heart of them).
In "Swim," scarred, insecure and obsessive swimmer and scriptwriter Ruth, her face scarred from the car accident in which her parents died, must realize she is escaping a little under the water from the possibilities real love might bring, from opening her heart and becoming totally vulnerable.
In one of her short stories we encounter the "Good Men" and Bruce (Connie's ex boyfriend in Good in Bed; Weiner's first novel) who desperately wants to capture Connie's dog Nifkin and get him out of his sight. He likes to be stoned with his buddies and not grow up while Connie on the other hand is looking for answers as to where they are going, what her life is going to be like with him.
I leave the other stories for you to enjoy and process, these are good short stories and Weiner is a great writter I love her novels and I was certainly entertained with these 11 short stories she has been working on for the lapse of 15 years in some cases. I liked "Dora on the beach" as well; it reminded me of "In her Shoes".
Great job, I liked it a lot.
The first three stories are about the same character, from when she was in highschool, then college, then getting married. And since I totally missed the SMALL word "stories" on the cover of the book, I assumed these were chapters. I was getting ready to read a whole life novel about Josie. So when I read the 4th (what I thought was chapter) I was so confused why they changed the lead character. I had to read a whole other story to finally figure out that this is just a book of short stories. I was so irritated I had to stop reading it. She shouldn't have made the first three stories about the same character. You get engrossed in her life and when it switches to some random lady in story 4, you don't even care. You want to hear how Josie's marriage ended up and what happened to her crazy sister! Total let down. All of these stories reel you in, and then you never find out what happens. I guess that's how short stories are, but the lack of closure of each one really bugged me. I just can't recommend this "book", I mean compilation of short stories!