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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clare Naylor, Mimi Hare, Shelly Frasier Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781400172849
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The further adventures of talent agency assistant Lizzie Miller as she finally gets some traction on the slippery Hollywood slope

In The Second Assistant, readers across the country found a heroine they loved to love in Lizzie Miller, the smart and witty East Coast girl clinging for dear life to the bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder. But no more coffee runs and sorting thumbtacks by color for Lizzie; she’s been promoted. As first assistant to Scott Wagner, now president of the agency and one of Hollywood’s premiere movers and shakers, she’s making decisions and learning the ins and outs of the business. But unlike the other airhead assistants, she’s not being wooed by the glamour and mystique of Lala Land. At least, that’s what she tells herself. But with a fabulous boyfriend and visions of Harry Winston diamonds and a black AmEx dancing in her head, it is getting harder for Lizzie to keep her pumps firmly on the ground.

In The First Assistant, Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare have again joined forces to take a wry and hilarious look at the wheeling, dealing, schmoozing, and snubbing that make Hollywood the cutthroat capital of the world. Readers are hungry for more—and The First Assistant is just the romp into the red-carpet world that they crave.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenitra | 2/16/2014

    " Loved this one as much as the first, great, unexpected twists. Hope there are more stories about this character to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Moynihan | 2/13/2014

    " Fun read. Good book for the beach or vacation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 2/7/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book. Decided it wasn't even worth the time to try and finish it. Made it through 3 chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pepper Beaumont | 2/4/2014

    " Fun read. Beach fluff. You're not going to learn anything from this book but it sure was fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/27/2014

    " Good chick-lit, an easy summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/25/2014

    " Not much substance, but a fun and easy chick-lit quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy (amyb2332) | 1/17/2014

    " I liked this book a lot overall. It did seem a little long in places but it ended nicely and it was pretty funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mulva? | 1/17/2014

    " I was a little worried throughout most of the book because of... well... I don't want to give it away. The girl was way too passive and that bothered me. But, I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 1/17/2014

    " i need a break after reading that 900 page whopper. this is a good distraction and a fast read. it's totally ridiculous but fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 1/10/2014

    " writing was not as good as the first, but it was light, enjoyable. an ok beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/7/2014

    " Fun sequel to "The Second Assistant". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen Pence | 1/1/2014

    " OK as far as sequels go but not as good as the first one. Went on for far too long (and it's a short book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/29/2013

    " I agree with others that it wasn't as good as the first one but it was still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Bragg | 12/26/2013

    " I liked this book much more than the first. I was timid about it until about halfway through, and then I really got into the rhythm of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Pasha | 12/11/2013

    " cute..made me miss LA :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lgscripts | 11/25/2013

    " Loved the book, made me laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda I | 9/1/2013

    " So much better than "Second Assistant". The story became a lot more interesting and more humorous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigid | 8/12/2013

    " Come on... You have to find out what happens after the first book ends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/7/2013

    " it was a nice book...wish i could find a copy of The Second Assistant... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen Crowell | 2/4/2013

    " Part one was much better--lighter and more fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiny | 1/12/2013

    " Tres chic and tres cute! I loved it! It was interesting from start to finish and I couldn't put it down! It gives us a sneak peak into the lives of the people in hollywood! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/20/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. It was a lot more unrealistic and over the top. Some of the details were still fun to read about though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mina | 9/25/2012

    " i was slightly disappointed with this second book but was happy to read the further adventures of the protagonist. there were sections that seemed thrown in for no apparent reason. also, i had to suspend too much belief to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/24/2012

    " If you liked the Devil wears Prada, you'll love this book. I laughed out loud, it is a quick, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/1/2012

    " About what you would expect! A good summer read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynne | 1/17/2012

    " I really liked this book. It's the sequel to The Second Assistant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/19/2011

    " WAY better than the first one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Electra | 10/10/2011

    " It was actually quite entertaining. At least as good as the first. I enjoyed it. It was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lili Papadakis | 9/14/2011

    " How to relax and enjoy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/31/2011

    " Just as much fun as the first one... great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 7/23/2011

    " Not near as good as the first in the series (The Second Assistant.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adele Goetz | 7/19/2011

    " Not as fun as "The Second Assistant". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fcarterathome carter | 6/17/2011

    " Not as good as The Second Assistant, but still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lgscripts | 3/12/2011

    " Loved the book, made me laugh out loud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/25/2011

    " Part one was much better--lighter and more fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenitra | 1/13/2011

    " Loved this one as much as the first, great, unexpected twists. Hope there are more stories about this character to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BloodyHorror | 10/23/2010

    " I loved this book and it's companion volume, The Second Assistant. If you love fun, cheeky, Hollywood-based chick-lit, pick these books up but be sure to read them in order :

    #1. The Second Assistant
    #2. The First Assistant
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fcarterathome | 9/7/2010

    " Not as good as The Second Assistant, but still entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 8/11/2010

    " Fun read. Good book for the beach or vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/8/2010

    " I agree with others that it wasn't as good as the first one but it was still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/24/2010

    " I liked this book much more than the first. I was timid about it until about halfway through, and then I really got into the rhythm of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 6/16/2010

    " A bit predictable, but pretty cute. I loved Lizzie, and her anti-hollywood self. Surrounded by a few hot hollywood men, I still wasn't sure who she'd end up with at the end, if any! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 4/13/2010

    " I read this book on a sunny afternoon relaxing on a chaise on the deck. A perfect chick book to enjoy on a lazy afternoon, a long flight, in the car waiting to pick up kids etc.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/22/2009

    " So much better than "Second Assistant". The story became a lot more interesting and more humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/2/2009

    " If you liked the Devil wears Prada, you'll love this book. I laughed out loud, it is a quick, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 7/20/2009

    " Even better than the first one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 7/7/2009

    " I was starting to get annoyed with the main character about midway through the book. I'm glad I stuck it out though, because she did slightly redeem herself. "

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About the Author
Clare Naylor worked as an editorial assistant at a major publishing house. When her first novel, Love: A User’s Guide, was bought for the movies, she left her job to write full-time. Her other novels include Catching Alice, Dog Handling, and The Second Assistant (co-authored with Mimi Hare). She lives in England.
About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.