The Hopefuls

  • by Jennifer Close
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite.
When Beth arrives in DC, she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away.
Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunches, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, the couples' friendship - and Beth's relationship with Matt - is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors.
A glorious send-up of young DC and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.

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What the Critics Say

"A fascinating drama about relationships, loyalty, the price of aspirations and success, The Hopefuls will surely ensnare you into this world from page one - and hold you there, tightly, until the final word." (Refinery29)
"The author of Girls in White Dresses delivers her latest novel about a couple navigating the political ladder in DC. Inspired by Close's own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington's exhausting culture of competition - one that that renders people outside of political circles virtually invisible." (Meredith Turits, Elle)
"Narrator Jorjeana Marie's lively performance and perfect pacing make this audiobook a compulsive listen.... Marie's subtle yet effective accents and tonal modulations highlight the characters' personalities, strengthening listeners' connection to the story. With its vivid details of life in D.C., this is a must-listen for an election year." (AudioFile)

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Predictable storyline. Narrators voice awful.

If the reader had a cold, they should have delayed production until she was well.
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- Anita Davis

I'm not sure why I stayed the whole way through...

What made the experience of listening to The Hopefuls the most enjoyable?

This was a harmless book to listen to on the commute to/from work. It's not Pulitzer material by any means but certainly holds its own in "light" literature.


Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Close? Why or why not?

Yes. It wasn't the books fault I'm feeling like writing a scathing review - it is the narrator's.


Would you be willing to try another one of Jorjeana Marie’s performances?

NO NO NO. And NO. Can I please make this a PSA for other narrators. Listen up, narrators! We do not need you to sound like Sandy from SpongeBob in order for us to glean that the person speaking is southern. Every time the two Texas characters were up I almost ran off the road from rolling my eyes so hard. Oh. MY. GOD. This was the worst southern accent I've ever heard and I'm from North Carolina. And please... please... do not whine the story through your nose. This performance was DREADFUL. I hate listening to my own voice on recordings but I would take it over this one. So... the book must have been good for me to suffer through this. So in summary:Southern people aren't all hicks and caricatures. Wealthy people don't have to be voiced as Thurston Howell III. Speak through your mouth, not nose. Make you voice less annoying.


Who was the most memorable character of The Hopefuls and why?

Hmmm. No one was especially likable. Main character - flawed and toward the end despicable and pithy. Husband - self-absorbed. Friends from Texas - Who knows? I couldn't bear listening to them. Friend married to the old guy - not sure what the point of her was. Mother-in-law - one dimensional and falsely portrayed as rich and therefore vapid.


Any additional comments?

Agh. The more I write the more I hate this book.

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- Traci

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio