I saw the movie and got the book hoping to learn more about the fashion industry (I loved Meryl Streep’s discourse on how fashion trickles down to Casual Corner- a view which the NY Times rebutted in “The Devil Knows Nada”). This isn’t one of those learn- by-osmosis books written by James Michener or Alex Hailey. But it is entertaining and, even though I sometimes sided with Miranda that Andrea was a slacker, I thought it actually more compelling than the movie (which changed everything). The narration was ok- the narrator didn’t do so well with male voices but was clear and understandable.
This is a great book for light listening and chuckles. It can be hard to sympathize with the main character because of the highly materialistic society she chooses to be in. But she does show her true colors allowing for a feel-good ending. The narrator is excellent, a perfect voice for this book.
The Devil Wears Prada was a light, sarcastically funny book about how a job can end up ruling your life. Even though the whole thing seems like it might be far fetched I bet there are many young people new to the work place in cities like New York and Los Angela's that can relate. Although the narrator Bernadette Dunn's voice seems to be a bit older sounding, when the books starts out, then a 23 year old young woman she does mix the right amount of wit and sarcasm and some innocence to her voice for the part and you quickly identify her voice as the character Andrea's. The books is not this intellectual read, but this is not what you should be going into this looking for. It is a light and fun book and I listen to it in my car to and from work and it often made me laugh out loud. Enjoyable!
I enjoyed this - it was funny and spunkey :) Watched the movie on a flight to Ireland and then I read the book.....movie was cool - the book was a better read :)
This was a book club selection, and no matter how much I tried to listen, I couldn't. I just didn't care what happened in it. The main character came across as whiny and pretentious and an overall snot. I just didn't care about her "troubles" and couldn't get beyond the first two hours. Life is too short and there are much better books.
I used this book to start off my exercise regime over xmas. As I hate to exercise, I would only allow myself to listen to the book when I did so, which made me get up and go, just to find out what Miranda had done next! I loved it, and it made time fly by. I highly recommend it!
What I thought was annoying narration might have just been my dislike for the book in general. The author seems like an unpleasant person, and I definitely wasn't rooting for her.
I liked the movie better... Meryl pulled this dreck up from the dumpster.
If this is the best chick lit has to offer, I am glad I never read it. The author is a whiny child who has a mean boss. Boo hoo. Believe me, I have worked for much more destructive people without the benefit of fabulous free clothes and parties. Grow up and get over it, Andrea.
Good God, why doesn't she get another job. After listening to this poorly written, never ending whine I ended up having lots of respect for Miranda and none for Anderea. Can you imagine raising this spoiled brat? This is the first audio novel that I have been unable to finish. I suggest any other book.
This was a fun book to listen to. It had a good story line, the characters were consistent and well developed. And there was a moral to be learned at the end. It is not Pulitzer or Nobel prize winning material, but it certainly satisfies.
While the story was positive, the narrator was not as much. Overall I liked her voice, but she did not have much "range." All her male characters had a raspy voice. This was distracting, at best. I have heard many narrations where there was little voice change between characters. So don't try to make a change if it can't be done naturally.
Overall, I would very much recommend this. I ordered it after listening to a number of "heavy" books and this was a much needed lighter fare.