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.
"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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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