The Nanny Diaries

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Emma Mclaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Narrated By: Julia Roberts

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2002

Duration: 4 hours 42 minutes

Summary:

Read by Julia Roberts

Based on the real-life experiences, 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 over-privileged raises les petites - as if grooming them for a Best of Show competition. A poignant satire, it punctures the glamor 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 X's 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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  • 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.

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by Emma Mclaughlin, Nicola Kraus

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