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The Devil Wears Prada | [Lauren Weisberger]

The Devil Wears Prada

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.
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Publisher's Summary

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job "a million girls would die for." Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by stylish women and beautiful men. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.

The Devil Wears Prada gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to "the boss from Hell." Narrated in Andrea's smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda's children in Paris by private jet, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day - and often late into the night. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

©2003 Lauren Weisberger; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Miranda's behavior is so insanely over-the-top that it's a gas to see what she'll do next, and to try to guess which incidents were culled from real life." (Amazon.com)
"Weisberger has penned a comic novel that manages to rise to the upper echelons of the chick-lit genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Barbarajean Ash Fork, AZ, USA 03-24-04
    Barbarajean Ash Fork, AZ, USA 03-24-04
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    "Very Addictive!"

    I spend 75% of my working day driving and although usually tedious, couldn't wait to get back on the road to continue listening to his story. After listening to Andrea's typical day, my own job doesn't sound so bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Huntsville, TX, United States 01-24-04
    Cathy Huntsville, TX, United States 01-24-04 Member Since 2013
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    "enjoyable"

    This was a very good book. It kept my attention and kept me from doing the things I should have done for a couple of days. The narrator was great. The story was good, although the main character was a little whinney. I liked it and would reccomend it to you!

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    Robert W JOHNSON CITY, TN, USA 05-31-04
    Robert W JOHNSON CITY, TN, USA 05-31-04 Member Since 2006
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    "Warning: Characters are Chic Fiction Flat"

    If you like the Nanny Diaries read by Julia Roberts than you'll love this book. Here again we have an abridged book read by first quality talent and a plot full of characters that are as flat as John Denver after the crash. The author of Bridgette Jone's Diary at least gave her characters some dimension. Here all the models are weight conscious snobs, all the assistants are sicophants, all the men are either exploitive or dependent dweebs and only our heroine has any degree of integrity. This novel falls into the first person trap of a world that solely depends on our narrator. Sure there is some truth to these portraits and sure there is a message to be found in keeping your career in proportion to the rest of your life, but more than anything else I felt like I had just listened to a parade of catty stereotypes and they had done nothing the least bit interesting or unexpected. My suggestion is if deciding between listening to this book of sitting in a cafe for an hour listening to other people conversation, go with the second. It'll be a lot more interesting.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Namanh Santa Ana, CA, USA 11-05-04
    Namanh Santa Ana, CA, USA 11-05-04
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    "Great book"

    I thought it was very funny and a great read. Has that Sex in the City crossed with Bridget Jones thing going on.

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    Kelly Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-30-04
    Kelly Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-30-04
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    "The devil writes bad fiction"

    This was, without a doubt, the worst audio book I have ever purchased. The writing was terrible, and I couldn't stand listening past the first hour. The characters were entirely without sympathy, and the story was ridiculous. Save your money and purchase "The Nanny Diaries" or the "Shopaholic" series instead.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. SylverFoust 06-23-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great Book - Great Reader"

    The book and the reader were great; I was very pleased with both.

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    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 05-11-04
    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 05-11-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Loved It!"

    Was funny and very enjoyble.

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    Jane Birmingham, AL, USA 07-14-04
    Jane Birmingham, AL, USA 07-14-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Lighthearted listen"

    I was excited to know that this reader also provided the voices for Memoirs of a Geisha, a book which is still one of my favorites. Unfortunately for her, she got stuck with "Andrea" the main character who is whiny, wimpy, and pathetic at times....so it makes it hard to enjoy the storyteller. But otherwise the book is good....loved Miranda, the killer boss, and all other workers at Runway. Thought this book would have been better if they continued telling the story without Andrea, but rather kept up with Miranda's antics and such. For as light hearted as it is, I mean really, no depth here in this story, the author tried to get too moral at the end with Alex and Andrea's roommate Lil...that part got boring. Oh well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa Evanston, IL, USA 07-08-04
    Alyssa Evanston, IL, USA 07-08-04
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    "the title is the most interesting part"

    I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I even enjoyed the Nanny Diary, but this book was rather tedious. The narrator just goes on and on and on and on. My friends and I all kept waiting for something to happen...it never did:( Be forewarned that this book may be a slightly better read than a listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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