The Nanny Diaries

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Written By: Nicola Kraus, Emma McLaughlin

Narrated By: Kathe Mazur

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2002

Duration: 10 hours 7 minutes

Summary:

Based on the real-life experiences and the inside story on the real lives of the rich and privileged from the women who know all the secrets—the nannies.

The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's overprivileged raise les petits—as if grooming them for a best-of-show competition. A poignant satire, it punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class to tackle head-on the truer state of backstairs Park Avenue.

Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic apartment, Nanny takes a job caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved in ensuring that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.

When the Xes' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny's nearly impossible mission becomes maintaining the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.

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  • Jacqueline Smith

    The narrator is pretty good and gives the books some life. Otherwise the book is terrible and so obnox

  • Anonymous

    Julia Roberts does an excellent job! I wish there were an unabridged version; I was not ready for this one to end.

  • Anonymous

    This book was a riot. Kept you guessing and engaged the entire read. Parts were hysterical. Definitely worth it - a quick one too.

  • Anonymous

    A good book, but more sad and pathetic than funny to me (although there was some great sarcasm). I know there are parents like this out there and I grieve for those kids.

  • Anonymous

    Julia Roberts did a wonderful job narrating the story. She has a great voice. The story definitely kept my interest & made the commute go by fast. The ending was a litte anti-climatic, and I wish that Mrs. X had gotten more of what she deserved. But, overall, it was a good story, and Julia Roberts did a great great with the different voices.

  • Flakdog

    This was enjoyable but sad too; that this could be (probably is) the way of some nanny lives. Narration was great. I just wanted to say to Nanny, "Punch her a good one", at times!

  • Kelly Abad

    I really enjoyed this book! Julia Roberts was the reader and kept my interest. She used some voices that I wouldn't have placed with the character (if I had read the book myself) but it was overall a great book. I listen to audiobooks during my commute to work and I brought this one to my office to keep listening.

  • Christin Wasiloski

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and intend on purchasing the unabridged version to add to my library. The ending’s a little rough for me, since it doesn’t tie up all the loose ends, though it’s totally realistic. It’s got the same feel as the Devil Wears Prada, but we learn little about the Nanny’s personal life. It was quite enjoyable.

  • Arlene

    This was a very bittersweet book. Julia Roberts did a wonderful job of reading it. Highly recommended.

  • Mackenzie Thomas

    I loved this book! I found myself laughing out loud many times during this book. Very well read by Julia Roberts. I ended up having many "driveway moments" where I just sat in the driveway once home just to listen to the next event!

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