The Nanny Diaries

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Emma McLaughlin

Narrated By: Julia Roberts

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2002

Duration: 4 hours 43 minutes


The Nanny Diaries is an absolutely addictive peek into the utterly weird world of child rearing in the upper reaches of Manhattan's social strata. Cowritten by two former nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the novel follows the adventures of the aptly named Nan as she negotiates the Byzantine byways of working for Mrs. X, a Park Avenue mommy. Nan's 4-year-old charge, the hilariously named Grayer (his pals include Josephina, Christabelle, Brandford, and Darwin) is a genuinely good sort. He can't help it if his mom has scheduled him for every activity known to the Upper East Side, including ice skating, French lessons, and a Mommy and Me group largely attended by nannies. What makes the book so impossible to put down is the suspense of finding out what the unbelievably inconsiderate Mrs. X will demand of Nan next. One pictures the two authors having the last hearty laugh on their former employers.


  • 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!

  • dlct

    Fast-paced and fun, the tales of Nanny (annoying name) make one incredulous at the stupidity, short-sightedness, and selfishness of the wealthy. Several times I expected this girl to grow a spine and quit. The fact that she put up with so much was irritating and perhaps a bit beyond belief. No one needs tuition THAT badly! The tale is well-written, populated with good, solid, believable characters and the relationship between Nanny and her little charge is sweet and touching. There's a lot of unbelieveable situations and shopping, but then I don't live in New York City and no one I know is quite so label-conscious and snooty. The narrator's reading adds to this story. Altogether not too bad.