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Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns | [Lauren Weisberger]

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.
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Publisher's Summary

The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada.

Eight years have passed since Andrea "Andy" Sachs quit the job "a million girls would die for" working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine - a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Now Andy’s on the top of the world: She’s writing and reporting to her heart’s content; running The Plunge, her wildly successful high-fashion bridal magazine with Miranda’s other ex-assistant, Emily; and most importantly, getting married to the scion of a storied media family and the love of her life.

But the night before her wedding, Andy can’t sleep. As happy as she is - as happy as she should be - she’s still haunted by the specter of her former boss. Maybe it’s survivor syndrome? Or maybe it’s justifiable, self-inflicted, paranoia. From the start, Andy and Emily have felt entitled to use their rolodex of contacts - Miranda’s contacts - from Runway as they make their way in the magazine world. As The Plunge succeeds, Andy and Emily realize they’ll soon come face to face with their former tormenter at industry functions, award ceremonies, and even weddings. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

Karma’s a bitch. And Andy’s efforts to build a bright new life have led her directly to the one she fled - and into the path of the Devil herself.

©2013 Lauren Weisberger (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Jahni Idabel, OK, United States 06-25-13
    Jahni Idabel, OK, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Faux Pas"
    Would you try another book from Lauren Weisberger and/or Megan Hilty?

    Of course. I've enjoyed most other books by Lauren Weisberger, and Megan Hilty did a fine job with the material she was given. This story line was just....defeating.


    Has Revenge Wears Prada turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her performance was fine, but bordered on deflated, as if she were bored with the material. She made Andy, the lead character, seem like a hipster...unimpressed with everything and everyone...of course, this was most likely because the author's doing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Revenge Wears Prada?

    The note from her (future) mother-in-law. It should have been something more dramatic. I don't think any bride would have freaked out to the extent that Andy did over a lame note like that...I guess we were supposed to assume that pregnancy hormones were in play? Also...Alex. Ugh, I thought we were done with him. The first book did such a good job of tying up that relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    This story line just fell completely flat. The fashion aspect that I LOVED in the original is almost completely gone. There is not enough Miranda to make her threats seem viable. Andy is just...annoying. She had the courage to tell Miranda Priestly to go F*&% herself in the middle of Paris Fashion Week, but couldn't find the nerve to ask her fiancé/husband about a note she found from his mother? Come On. The character completely lost her backbone. The most exciting thing she did was charter an airplane for a sick Emily. And don't even get me started on Alex. Whiney, needy, holier-than-thou Alex. UGH.I guess I just find everything a little too unreal...nightmares, therapy, anxiety, 10 years after leaving a job? Andy seems so much weaker than I thought. Disappointed. Totally disappointed.

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    Victor 06-25-13
    Victor 06-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I am very disappointed."
    What would have made Revenge Wears Prada better?

    Okay so is it my imagination or did Andrea turn into a ridiculous whining drama queen. For goodness sakes I am on chapter 8 and I have stopped my audio book I am debating to finish it or delete it. Andrea's character dribbles on so much my energy has been leached out of me and I just can't listen anymore.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I am debating if I have the strength to continue listening to Andrea dribble on or delete the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe the reader should have listened to the first book and taken some notes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Silent low irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    I really was looking forward to this book but I just can't get into such a tragic weak character. Really... terror dreams about her boss years later? Did she get stuck in a concentration camp at Runway or something?

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    chrispy Reno 06-23-13
    chrispy Reno 06-23-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Ugh"

    I was very disappointed after I finished this book. Although Megan Hilty did an okay job with this book I felt that that author just rushed writing it.

    Not at ALL like the first book. So if I had to do it all over again, I would of passed on this book and purchased something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Pikeville, NC, United States 06-14-13
    Rachel Pikeville, NC, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Horrible sequel to Devil Wears Prada"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book would have been ok if it had a storyline or suspense or anything! It was so boring.


    What was most disappointing about Lauren Weisberger’s story?

    There was a lack of storyline, follow through. Andy's character was annoying and whiny. I didn't feel bad for her but I felt horrible for her husband, Max. She was bratty and condescending. Storylines just fizzled out and I had to stop listening because it was so bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator could not have made this horrible book any better.


    What character would you cut from Revenge Wears Prada?

    Andy, Max....most of them


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    Ima Shoppher Houston, TX 10-10-13
    Ima Shoppher Houston, TX 10-10-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A perfect way to wrap up in Prada"
    If you could sum up Revenge Wears Prada in three words, what would they be?

    Stylish real closure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy is a class act in a fashion clad world. She brings a realistic air to the story and keeps you engaged.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There was very little definition in voices between characters, which was a let down.


    If you could take any character from Revenge Wears Prada out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Andy of course - to discuss mommy attire and sleep schedules.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good read and great finale to the devil in Prada

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allen Washington 07-30-13
    K. Allen Washington 07-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as I hoped"
    What did you like best about Revenge Wears Prada? What did you like least?

    I like that it follows the previous book, it continues the story so I wasn't left wanting more. I think that the story jumped around a little too much in the beginning but that did clear up as the story progressed. I didn't like the storyline very well. There are too many mommy stories out there and really that is all this book is. I thought this book was boring for this reason and had trouble making it through the second part of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Weisberger again?

    Yes I would, she's a decent writer from the two books that I have already listened to.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think the performance was fine. I think that it would have been better if she would have pronounced the names the same in this book as "The devil wears prada", I found that distracting but overall the narrator was good.


    Could you see Revenge Wears Prada being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think this story could be a movie or tv series. I don't believe that the story is interesting enough.


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    Paul BROOKLYN, NY, United States 07-23-13
    Paul BROOKLYN, NY, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2011

    Paul is a writer of things, such as plays. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource and contributes regularly to "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM OutQ.

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It would be impossible for any follow-up to "The Devil Wears Prada" to match the original in terms of the sheer "I can't believe she'd expect that!" quality of Miranda Priestly's expectations. While there are certain insider tid-bits about how a real magazine works in "Revenge...", it could be more rewarding on that level.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I know that soapy relationship drama - friends betraying friends, husbands and wives going behind each other's back, people from one's past reappearing out of nowhere, even falling in (maternal) love with one's own children - are Weisberger's stock in trade, but the most exciting material for me came when Andy was working - the book could use more of that.


    What does Megan Hilty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Megan Hilty is utterly charming and has a knack for making conversations jump off the page. She's especially good at differentiating between Andy's fraught interior monologues and the somewhat-more-put-together things she manages to get our of her mouth. I especially enjoy her employment of oversize accents for some of the more larger-than-life characters.


    Was Revenge Wears Prada worth the listening time?

    Absolutely. It was easy and breezy.


    Any additional comments?

    While it doesn't match the magic of the original, all the good will I felt for the characters (both from the book and the film) came rushing back and made me immediately invested. And though I've complained above that the book is heavier on less-inventive personal drama and lighter on more-interesting work drama, I did find myself invested in the characters' trials and tribulations and surprisingly charmed by Wesberger's portrait of Andy as a new mom. That said, I'm very glad they got the fabulous Megan Hilty to read this book. Without a doubt, she elevated some of the more meh parts with her sparkle and pizzazz.

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    Melissa 06-15-13
    Melissa 06-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Falls flat"
    Would you try another book from Lauren Weisberger and/or Megan Hilty?

    Sure, I would definitely try another book by Lauren Weisberger. In fact I just purchased Everyone worth knowing. And Megan Hilty did a great job narrating Revenge Wears Prada. I often see writers have several different narrators thinking that the outcome will be different. Or that somehow the book was not portrayed as it should have been. But the words on the page won't change even if the narrator does.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Weisberger again?

    Yes, I feel that sometimes writers have hits and misses. This one was a miss but I am already listening to Everyone worth knowing. Its not my favorite so far but its better than Laurens latest release.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't detract at all. The story line and the area where tihngs seemed missed. That detracted from the success of this book. But not the narrator.


    What character would you cut from Revenge Wears Prada?

    You really couldn't cut anyone from the book. Except maybe Alex. It was as if Andy were pining for Alex the entire book, page after page. And the character of her husband was one note. I felt that the writer could have gone deeper. Its as if before she even walks down the aisle she is making him into the "bad guy" But then you feel his character is not explored. And Andys actions seem petty and senseless. And the big reveal at the end doesn't make sense really. Through out the book she is all engulfed in motherhood which is great and balancing everything. There were several times in the book where I thought all she needs to do is etc, etc, etc.... But she would argue and the reasons seemed pointless. And making Alex somewhat of a saint just did not ring true.


    Any additional comments?

    There were so many directions this book could have taken. There were so many characters and friendships that needed to be explored a little better. I wssn't intrigued about Miranda, I was like who cares. And there were so many times Andy could have remedied the situation with Emily but it just became unrealistic and pointless. And the book lacked one main thing that the title contained, "Revenge"

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