I was a nanny myself and yes this actually is not uncommon at all. Its actually scary how accurate this book is to most nannies lives. When people ask me what my experience was like as a nanny I tell them to read this book. I'm so glad they wrote this book. Maybe a few eyes will be opened.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
Well written, I have the feeling I'd really like the authors. It just wasn't the light, "airplane" book I'd been looking for. I know it is fiction, but it read like it was real...
I really liked this book. I decided to read it after hearing about the movie. I like books that are written in first person. Makes it feel like they are talking directly to me as a friend.
I really like the way this read. . . but I am afraid to watch the movie. Having a daughter that was a nanny in the boston area I can totally relate to the stories and struggles.
I like to listen to books while doing long runs during marathon training!
This was the most boring book I have ever listened to. Ugh. If you like listening to baby talk and whining you might like it...otherwise, find something else.
Ok, this book was supposed to be funny. I never laughed. I found it terribly sad. I hoped I could find the humor but I just couldn't. How horrible, the boy is 4, desperately loves the parents he never sees. Desperately loves his nannys that his mom keeps firing... i just don't get it. I think this is not for Mom's who raise their own children.
This was a fast read. I loved some characters (you know who), despised others (ditto), and never changed my mind. No hidden agendas there, for sure. I understood Nanny's agonizing involvement, tolerating the abusive treatment of nasty Mrs X (but at one time feeling compassion for the woman!), while ignoring the advice of those who cared for her. She said it over & over, "What would happen to Grayer"? She loved him dearly, and couldn't leave him. Simple as that. She became emotionally involved. I don't believe it was masochistic behavior; just kindness, which she hoped mattered. Plus, this was her job; this was the way she earned her money while going to school. She felt she could make good wages (when she didn't get stiffed). She stuck it out, enduring working for the horrible Xs. Who hasn't done that? But she knew it wouldn't be forever. I enjoyed the humor concerning the "summer rental" (chipped mugs, sloped bedroom ceiling) at Nantucket. We all know those cottages. Nanny's place in the car under the canoe (which never changed!) fit right in. I didn't miss the small part where Mr X smiled, and Nanny glimpsed Grayer's likeness for such a fleeting moment; Mr. X had once been, as Grayer is now. Then it was gone. Only, Mr. X never had Nanny. Kathe Mazur, as reader, was great. One of the best I've ever heard.
This is a witty, well-written story that provides a peek into life of well-to-do families and how differently parenting is handled by these families. The narration is great, making it a book I really enjoyed listening to. At the same time, it is a sad story. As a child psychologist and a mother, I really felt for the children in the story.
I just finished this book... At the end I wanted More! I Love the realationship that is developed between the Nanny & child. Too bad the parents Suck!. Great Read! :-) I'm ready to see the movie...
The main character lets herself get dumped on endlesly, ignoring the sage advice of her family and friends. It is painful to listen to the exploits of the selfish parents yet the main character enables the behavior by becoming a doormat. Not much fun to listen to.