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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,919 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Weiner Narrator: Jordan Bridges, Mary Catherine Garrison Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442342453
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Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime.

We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We find Jessica Norton listing her beloved river-view apartment in the hope of winning her broker's heart. And we follow an unlikely friendship between two very different new mothers, and the choices that bring them together -- and pull them apart.

The Guy Not Taken demonstrates Weiner's amazing ability to create characters who "feel like they could be your best friend" (Janet Maslin) and to find hope and humor, longing and love in the hidden corners of our common experiences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.” 

    USA Today

  • “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.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Eleven sharply written short stories about women struggling—with humor and resolve—to get love right.”

    Life Magazine

  • “One roots for Weiner’s characters as they come to terms—and in some cases, heal—from disappointment and neglect.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though the stories are refreshingly different from one another, Weiner’s style is consistent enough to keep readers tethered to her voice.”

    Daily News

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snogged | 2/8/2014

    " This was my first introduction to Jennifer Weiner and I can't say I was disappointed. I will say that of the 11 stories, some stood out to me as more exceptional than others did. I really enjoyed "Swim," "Oranges from Florida" and "Dora on The Beach" (where an elderly women living in a beach-side retirement community gets "kidnapped" by two young women.) I also got a kick out of the story that inspired the title because the woman goes through an "It's A Wonderful Life" sort-of scenario after locating an ex-boyfriend's wedding registry and hacking the account. I suspect that I would benefit from reading one of her longer books though just so I can really experience her writing to it's fullest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana Monterrosa | 1/30/2014

    " There were some stories that I could relate to. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 1/29/2014

    " entertaining short stories perfect for when only have a short time to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoy her short stories more than full length novels. I tend to like the endings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharaa | 1/20/2014

    " Various short stories about differing types of love relationships. Interesting enough to lead me to read several more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/19/2014

    " Book was ok...This is a book of short stories. Not a favorite but easy and quick reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 1/17/2014

    " Strangely, my favorite part of the book was the author's end notes at the conclusion of the book. The author describes the history, process and back-story behind the stories. Her voice is so true - it was like speaking with a friend. I went back and reread several with a new appreciation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/15/2014

    " One of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/15/2014

    " Such a realistic exploration of fictitious relationships. I'm told not to judge a book by it's cover, yet I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mellybeans0919 | 11/30/2013

    " I've read a few books by her and enjoyed them. It seemed there would be a story, it would be a few chapters and then suddenly end. Also the stories seemed to go nowhere and were not that interesting. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/21/2013

    " enjoyed it... well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 10/31/2013

    " Great quick reads..good shorts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlou | 10/26/2013

    " I read this on the plane to Vegas last weekend. This is a group of short stories, and (as in her novels) Jennifer Weiner focuses more on the connections between women (especially sisters and friends) than the "romance" of a lot of chick lit. Don't let the title & chick lit cover scare you away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 alicatstrut | 9/24/2013

    " Not really what I expected. Well-written, but I wanted something less wah wah I have no self-confidence and I make bad decisions and it didn't really get there until the last story or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/12/2013

    " anything by this gal is great mindless funny read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 9/2/2013

    " Nowhere near as good as her full novels. I only really liked one of the stories. They felt more like ideas for future novels rather than fully developed short stories. Her style in Good in Bed and In Her Shoes is much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie [Kaskade] | 9/2/2013

    " Read a few of her other novels first, and this will be more entertaining. It was fun to see old characters pop up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 4/1/2013

    " I never seem to remember if I like short stories or not. After reading this collection, I'm still not sure. Some of the characters were interesting, but in a short story I am always looking for that shocker that makes it worth reading. Didn't find it here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 11/5/2012

    " I love all of her books, but I thought this one was a big let down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookworm | 9/22/2012

    " currently listening to, narrator's expressions crack me up! Story is so so, keeps me company in the car ;) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie Kookie | 9/17/2012

    " Not my style of book, and I didn't find the writing very captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 8/16/2012

    " I usually don't read short stories, but these were good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda J | 4/15/2012

    " Compared with Weiner's novels, this collection of short stories is just a miss. I just start to become interested in the characters and the story would end unresolved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 11/10/2011

    " I've read a bunch of Jennifer Weiner's work and I love her style. This collection of short stories is wonderful. Each story is different but they all have the essence of one of her novels. I'd get to the end of a story and think "I want to know more!" A must read for Weiner fans! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Parker | 11/4/2011

    " Super slow read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Bonin | 8/12/2011

    " Not worth reading but it was all I had! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill B | 7/4/2011

    " not as good as previous j. weiner books, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/28/2011

    " A collection of short stories...loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 4/27/2011

    " Better than the average beach read. Perfect for just an entertaining light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regina | 4/27/2011

    " This is a collection of short stories that has no flow. Several of the stories feel unfinished, as if they were ideas for a novel that never really took off. I enjoyed some of them, but this was not my favorite work by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 4/25/2011

    " usually not a fan of short story collections by favorite authors, but I highly, highly recommend this one...and this one actually illustrates perfectly my aversion to short stories...they were sooo good, wished almost all of them would go on and on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 4/14/2011

    " A bunch of short stories by Weiner. Some were okay and a few were great, but most of them seemed to just drop off. A lot of the stories felt like Weiner just didn’t have enough juices to sustain her for a whole book and just stopped writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chasity | 4/4/2011

    " overall a good book, some glaring errors towards the end (that should have been caught in editing) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 3/27/2011

    " Short stories written by Jennifer Weiner that have her urban characters with their dilemmas who somehow manage to find their way through to some kind of satisfactory solution. I love Jennifer Weiner, so I really enjoyed this sampling of her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/7/2011

    " Eh, not the best I've seen from this author. Maybe I'm biased simply because I'm not a huge fan of short story collections. Read this one if you're already a fan of Weiner's, but not as a first choice... try Good in Bed instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2011

    " Not worth reading but it was all I had! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/1/2011

    " Ok - the stories were nice but then they were over and I still wanted to know more. I guess I should read what a book is about before just taking off . . . Not a huge short story fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/24/2011

    " There were some great stories in this collection of short stories. A great book to curl up with and pass your afternoon or evening away! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2011

    " I am not a big fan of short stories. I just start to get into them, and they end. Jennifer Weiner is a good author though, and I enjoy reading her books, even if they can get a little "fluffy." "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels. After graduating with a degree in English literature from Princeton, she worked as a newspaper reporter in a number of states but became a full-time writer after the publication of her first novel in 2001. Her novel In Her Shoes was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, and she is the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia. As a public speaker, Weiner has appeared on the Today show, the Martha Stewart Show, and her work has appeared in such publications as Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, and others.